Ladies 1sts Still Improving

Kelburne 1 ? 4 Grove

Kelburne Ladies again faced Grove and Western last weekend, a repeat of their fixtures from the weekend before. This time the Burney Girls faced league leaders Grove at Bellahouston. Kelburne again asked Catherine McLaughlin and Fiona McGowan to step in the absence of Frances McKeown who is still struggling with an injury, but Julie Bryce was back from injury and on the team sheet. In absolutely torrential rain and driving wind both sides didn?t start well. At times it was difficult to see 3 metres ahead. Grove were the first to get the ball in the net with a goal from open play. Kelburne were not performing to the standard which they set themselves from the previous week and were becoming frustrated with themselves and very dubious umpiring decisions. By half time it was 2-0 to Grove and the weather did not improve at all. The game was not what it could be, and Kelburne eventually got themselves on the score sheet with a well-worked passing move into the circle to score from open play. The game however ended 4-1 to the league leaders in a game which Kelburne will need to improve on to make any impression in the top 4.

Western 3 ? 0 Kelburne

In Kelburne?s second double-header in a row the girls met Western on Sunday in what can only be described as snowstorm conditions. The game started in a storm of hail and temperatures were close to freezing. As with the most recent Grove game Kelburne did not start the game in the manner of the previous weekend?s double-header. With just 12 named on the team sheet, the girls had to dig deep to compete with Western who were out to get their second win of the weekend. Kelburne fought hard but were unable to break the Western defence and it was Western who scored first again and quickly increased their lead to 2-0. Kelburne got themselves a few corners but were unable to convert. Western dominated the game from there and as tiredness crept in Kelburne succumbed to another goal to end the game 3-0. The gap between the top 4 has certainly closed to a point, but Kelburne will need to improve on this weekend?s performances to get some points on the board. Next weekend sees the team take on Grange Edinburgh Ladies in the quarter final of the cup at Bellahouston.