Kelburne Ladies 1st XI: 1
Edinburgh Uni: :0
Edinburgh Uni have been billed as one of the teams that could cause some upsets this season and much of this is down to their new player/coach Sam Judge. Kelburne's own new coach, Stacy Ramsay, put together a game plan that set out to unsettle the students and their play-maker.
The first half started at a fast pace with both sides having some good chances. With their main striker successfully marked out the game though by Captain, Laura Carlton, Edinburgh Uni failed to really put any sustained pressure on the Kelburne defence. Tackling back proved key to thwarting the Edinburgh Uni attacks and Claire Macfarlane did this repeatedly. The Kelburne midfield worked hard and before long goal scoring opportunities developed and Kelburne won their first corner of the half. They failed to covert though and the students retaliated with two corners of their own. The sturdy Kelburne corner defence team remained calm, however and withstood the pressure. With about ten minutes of the first half remaining, Kelburne had some pretty build-up play down the left hand side, culminating in Laura Carlton entering the circle and playing a reverse stick pass to Amy Hyslop who coolly slotted the ball home to take the lead.
The second half began in a similar fashion with Kelburne putting the Uni defenders under a lot of pressure. Some hard work down the right hand side of the pitch by striker Amanda Maxwell resulted in a number of chances in front of goal for Kelburne. On two occasions the ball went roaring passed the Uni posts screaming out for a touch into the goal. Again with only ten minutes or so left to play, this time it was the students who had an opportunity to get on the score sheet. The ball was played through the middle of the pitch to an unmarked Uni forward for a brilliant opportunity to equalize. However, the experience of Kelburne goalkeeper Cath Rae shone through and she pulled off a fantastic save.
The game ended 1-0 and the relief of getting the first win of the season under their belts showed on all the faces of the Kelburne team.
Match report by Kate Longbotham