Another draw for Ladies 1stXI

Kelburne Ladies 1stXI draw 1-1 with Grange.

Grange were clearly fired up for the game which made Kelburne more determined to continue there winning ways.

In the first half both team had chances to go ahead. Kate Longbotham crucially saved a lifted shot on the line at the breakdown from a corner. At the opposite end Kerri Nunnery created a chance from nothing by chasing a ball which looked to be going off the pitch, she crossed the ball across the face of the goal but the opportunity was not taken. The dubious umpiring was emphasised after the first shot from a short corner came off a Grange defenders foot in the last moments of the first half and time mysteriously ran out as the umpires were discussing whether another corner should be awarded. The first half ended 0-0.

In the second half Emma Barlow created another opportunity for Kelburne to go ahead by beating a number of players and cutting in from left midfield before passing the ball on to Amanda Maxwell who had been working back to make crucial tackles and giving the Grange defenders trouble all match, but the Grange goalkeeper had the shot covered. Kelburne were down to 10 players twice during the second half as a result of green cards but kept composed and it was Grange who were struggling not to complain about the unconvincing umpiring. With Frances McKeown off due to injury and Captain Laura Carlton green carded, a make shift corner team put Kelburne ahead through a fantastic strike by Amy Hyslop with 15 minutes left in the first half.

With only a short amount of time left Grange were awarded a corner which was deemed to be stopped illegally by a Kelburne defender on the line. After deliberation between the umpires a penalty flick was awarded to Grange.

The game ended 1-1 with Kelburne rueing their missed chances.

Match report written by Kristine Ayling