Kelburne Ladies 3s v Ayr Ladies 2s
It was a cold, wet afternoon at Linwood and the Kelburne girls knew this would be a difficult shift as they were starting with only 10 players on the field. Despite this the girls started in positive mood and looked bright. They quickly put pressure on the Ayr defence with some confident play. The arrival of Elaine Fleming then took Kelburne to a full team. A lifted ball resulted in Kelburne being awarded a free hit deep in the Ayr half. Jen Owen played a lovely shot in to the circle but unfortunately for no reward on this occasion. The Kelburne defence of Emma 'the diver' Ryan, Michelle Bain & Taylor Bain were solid in their defensive duties, ensuring Ayr did not trouble Eilidh Fleming in goal. Eilidh was only required to make a first save after 20 mins. A couple of crucial clearances off the line came from Emma & Michelle making sure Ayr did not take the lead. Young Kathryn Meenan showed great skill down the right, driving past her opponents to win a long corner but Kelburne were unable to take anything from this. The family link paid off with Michelle & Rachel Bain (mum & daughter) showing great awareness of each other's play to link up well on the left side. Ayr won a long corner which seen an amazing clearance off the line by Suzette Austin. The defence stayed strong under a period of pressure by Ayr to keep the score even at half time.
Half time score Kelburne 0 - Ayr 0
few minutes into the 2nd half saw Ayr take the lead after a momentary
lapse in concentration from Kelburne. But keeping their heads high the
girls very quickly managed to win a short corner with Emma passing out
to Jen who put the ball sweetly into the Ayr goal with her trademark
super strike. Kelburne continued to pressurise the Ayr defence with
shots by Emma & Suzette going just wide. Ayr took the lead once
again from a short corner. They had another chance to go further ahead
but Michelle was on hand once again to clear the ball off the line.
Kelburne advanced once again with Suzanne Allan playing a lovely ball
through for Jen to win another short corner. The ball went out for a
long corner to be awarded and Emma dribbled the ball past several
players into the circle, where after a beautiful dive she still somehow
managed to get a shot away and into the Ayr goal. Immediately Ayr broke
forward, catching Kelburne on the backfoot as they were pushing for a
winner. Thankfully Eilidh was on hand & protected her goal well,
seeing the Ayr striker put the ball wide of her post. With a minute
or so to go Kelburne were looking for another opportunity for a winning
goal and Denise Hipson played a lovely square pass to put Kathryn
through for a 1 on 1 with the Ayr GK but unfortunately for Kelburne she
pulled off a great save. The final whistle was then blown.
Full time score Kelburne 2- Ayr 2
was a fantastic display by the girls today and another great team
effort with everyone playing an important part. The girls were unlucky
not to come away with a win today but they should all be very proud of
their performance. Donald Campbell provided the girls with excellent
coaching from the sidelines. A word of thanks to him and to Ron Martin
for umpiring. Next week sees the girls take on East Kilbride 2s at home.
Match Report by Lynne Houston