5-star Performance sees Ladies 1s cruise through Capital Cup-tie

Wednesday 26th October 2011
Erskine Stewart Melville: 0 
Kelburne Ladies 1st XI   :5
Kelburne got their cup campaign off to an excellent start with a very convincing 5-0 victory over Edinburgh side Erskine Stewart Melville (ESM).

After finally locating the pitch, Kelburne quickly settled into the match, dominating the game from the pass back.  After a patient start the first goal came from an excellent straight strike corner from captain Laura Carlton which set Kelburne on their way to a 2-0 lead at half time courtesy of a second goal from new signing Stevie McInally which seasoned striker Amy Hyslop made extra sure found its way to the goal!

Confidence grew in the second half allowing defence and midfield to create some excellent chances further up the pitch, notably Emma Barlow creating excellent space on the left for attacking opportunities. The Kelburne forwards took full advantage of this and won a penalty corner from which defender Kate Longbotham fearlessly pounced on a rebound to make the score 3-0. 

A superb solo effort from Amanda 'Mandy' Maxwell followed, beating several defenders before a brilliant reverse hit shot found the net.  A well deserved goal given the youngsters recent top form.

Despite some card happy umpiring,  coach Ramsay was able to use the teams versatility to full advantage, particularly newcomer Hannah Clark who added great strength to both the defence and midfield and youngsters Drew Berry and Molly Godfrey who both put in confident performances up front.

ESM put up an excellent fight creating some opportunities to break in attack however, when another straight strike from Laura Carlton deflected into the roof of the net, the result was sealed.

Overall, Kelburne put in a strong performance against a potentally tricky opposition and will be looking to maintain this confidence as the cup campaign continues.

Match Report by Cath Rae