Youthful Ladies' 3rd XI in narrow loss

Kelburne Ladies 3rd XI versus GHK Ladies 2nd XI
11th September 2010 at Linwood

Following last week's winning start to the season in East Kilbride, a very youthful Kelburne Ladies 3rd XI were looking to make it 2 wins out of 2 in their first home game of their league campaign. However, they faced a strong and experienced GHK side, many of whom played in the National Reserve league last year, and who will be aiming to win promotion this season.

In the absence of captain Jennifer Owen, who was called up to 2nd XI duty this week, young Jennifer Stewart stepped up to fulfil the captain's role. Kelburne legend Carol Feeney made her long awaited comeback, and was one of only 4 adults to feature in this week's squad.

Kelburne made a bright start to the first half, but were unable to capitalise on their early pressure. The experience of GHK began to tell as they started to dominate the game, and by half time they had racked up 3 goals without loss.

A lesser team than this Kelburne 3rd XI might have given up the fight and allowed the floodgates to open. But these girls are made of much stronger stuff. After some inspirational half time words from first team stars Frances McKeown and Kristine Ayling (aided by a random Dundee Wanderers player), they started the second half with their heads held high, and set about getting themselves back into the game.

It might be an old cliche, but this really was "a game of two halves". Kelburne were more than a match for GHK after the break, with the GHK goalkeeper being called into action several times - most notably from several penalty corner strikes from Rachael Ewing. GHK added to their tally through a single breakaway goal, but the Kelburne efforts continued right up until the final whistle, and they were desperately unlucky not to have a couple of goals to show for their efforts. Final score was 4:0 to GHK.

With buckets of raw talent and a great attitude towards the game, this young side is undoubtedly bursting with the Kelburne stars of the future - so watch this space...