After the bitter disappointment of a heavy defeat last weekend, Kelburne ladies were determined to get back to winning ways and get some more points on the table.
The challenge ahead of them was Western Wildcats, a side the Buddies scraped a hard fought draw against in their meeting earlier in the season. Kelburne got off to a good start however and some cool and collected build-out play from the back steadied the ranks early on. Within the first ten minutes it was Caitlin Girdwood who slotted home her first goal for the club following some unselfish passing in the circle. Kelburne continued to apply pressure and their hard work was rewarded with a number of penalty corners. One such corner led to a goalmouth scramble and a Wildcats defender illegally stopping the ball on the line. The resulting penalty stroke was coolly converted by Kelburne captain Laura Carlton to make the score 2-0.
The hard work continued and some vital leg work down the right by midfielder Amanda Maxwell was crucial for Kelburne. However, the team were caught napping somewhat when Wildcats broke down the middle. One of their strikers put the ball away with ease to cut the Kelburne lead in half. Kelburne did not appear phased by this and in fact it seemed to spur them on further. Some excellent team build up play resulted in the ball being worked round to Stevie McInally in the circle who swept the ball home to once again increase the lead. Corner after corner followed and it was striker Amy Hyslop who eventually rocketed a rebound into the far corner to take the score to 4-1 at half time.
Coach Stacy Ramsay could find little fault at half time but emphasized the need to remain focused in the second half. It was a second half that brought rain. Initially, it appeared as though Kelburne's composure had washed away with the rain. Wildcats pressed higher up the pitch and won their first penalty corners of the game. However, they failed to convert any of these and Kelburne worked their way out of difficulty. The composure crept back in and some brilliant individual runs by Emma Barlow opened up the Wildcats defence. Again, it was corner practice time. With everyone keen to get on the score sheet it was Laura Carlton who pulled rank and fired home a straight strike to double her own tally. The final score was a very pleasing 5-1 victory for Kelburne Ladies.
Kelburne can now go into next weekend's double header (GHK and Dundee Wanderers) with a little more confidence and should be expecting to take points from both of these games.