Sat 6th March
KelburneLadies kicked off there Presidents Cup journey with a confident 2-0 win over Edinburgh side Cala.
Kelburne looked poised from the start, attacking early and were determined to keep control of the game. Working the ball across the pitch and stringing passes together was key and enabled Kelburne to keep possession and create opportunities. Early on in the first half a turnover in possession led to an early ball being cleared wide to the left hand side which was picked up by Julie Bryce (left) who showed some great individual skill beating several Cala defenders before striking the ball past the keeper to put Kelburne 1-0 up. Kelburne continued to pressure the Edinburgh side dominating the majority of play and winning numerous short corners. Despite some great strikes from top D unfortunately Kelburne were unable to find the net on their corner routines. The 'burne were caught on the back foot shortly before half time as Cala penetrated the home defence which allowed an aggressive shot to be fired on target, however quick reactions from Keeper Cath Rae saw a spectacular save keeping Kelburne ahead. The first half finished 1-0.
A positive chat from Paul McGuire at half time focused the Paisley side and again, straight from the whistle made it hard for Cala to get into the game. Kelburne played confidently working together and kept it tight in defence making it hard for Cala in defence. The Kelburne defence gave away no penalty corners, showing composure and soaking up pressure from Cala making it hard for them to get any outcomes in the D. Kelburne kept their shape and always looked dangerous in attack. Despite not capitalising on some great long balls being played through up-front the Kelburne heads stayed up and were keen to widen the goal margin. Some build up play on the right hand side saw some quick thinking by Katie MacKay crossing the ball top D to an unmarked Julie Bryce who again slapped the ball past the keeper and between the posts. Cala's playmaker in centre-mid continued to test Kelburne in defence but the Paisley team looked to be the fitter side and were quick to work back and recycle the ball. The score line finished 2-0 to Kelburne.
A positive start for the Kelburne Ladies, who now look to build on Saturdays winning performance and look forward to settling the score with Western this Saturday!