1st XI Girls show Edinburgh how it's done!

Kelburne Ladies' 1st XI (4) - Cala (1)
Sat 18th Sept.
In the first fixture of the new season Kelburne's first XI Ladies were away to Cala Edinburgh HC.  Following a strong 2009-2010 season which saw our girls represent Scotland in Europe for the first time in their history a very different side took to the pitch at Meggatland.  No less than five members of last years starting side were missing for various reasons, with the defence and midfield looking particularly different.  Although no new faces have infultrated our ranks many second string players have broken through and the youngsters Emma Barlow and Amanda Maxwell have secured their places as regular XI players.
Cala have been no mugs against our ladies in the past, beating and drawing with them last season, so a competitive fixture was predicted.  A tentative start saw Cala bringing the game straight to the Ladies and the first five minutes witnessed an array of long passes trying to penetrate their defence.  Kelburne stood strong though, led by Kristine Ayling and Frances McKeown, playing for the first time this campaign in the centre of defence.  Confidence was taken from their composed play and along with Laura Wrightson working hard in the centre of midfield Kelburne got their claws into the game.  The scoring was opened by Amy Hyslop who pounced on a searching pass from Frances McKeown and convincingly defeated the keeper.  Kelburne commanded most of the possession at this stage and created lots of chances, tho were unlucky with some corner strikes from Wrightson.  However it was not long till this possession payed off, after Rachael Ewing converted a penalty flick after being fouled in the act of shooting.
More chances came our ladies way with our strikers getting and abundance of opportunities to get on the score sheet.  However Cala broke just a few minutes before half time and converted a long through ball to take the score to 2-1 at the break.
The second half begun just as tentatively as the first and Cala came out all guns blazing. Catherine McLaughlan and Kate Longbottom were placed under increased pressure on either side of defence, but weathered the storm admirably.  Keri Nunnery, Adele Dastey and Emma Barlow continued to work hard in the midfield and supplied the forwards with lots more opportunities to convert.  Amanda Maxwell was the first to take this opportunity and made the score 3-1 by putting away a rebound.  Following this more chances came the Kelburne ladies way with Clare McFarlane looking silky in the D.  Cala seemed to tighten up towards the end of the game with most of the play occuring in midfield.  Though Kelburne were not finished with their goal rout and Kerri Nunnery skipped past a couple of defenders and carried the ball around the back before supplying Rachael Ewing with a dropped pass that made the score 4-1.  Statistics showed that Kelburne out possessed their Edinburgh counterparts and created countless cirle penetrations and scoring opportunities.  They were unlucky not to score more and being more clinical in the D is the aim derived from coach Paul McGuire for next week's fixture.