Glynhill Ladies earn draw

Glynhill Kelburne Ladies v Grange - 10th November 2012 
Final Score 1 - 1

Kelburne's fourth game of the season was billed as a must win if their progression upwards from the lower end of the table was to continue.  Having not been able to train all week due to the pitch cleaning operation, there was the risk of being off the pace.

The Kelburne girls, however got off to a quick start.  The first half began at a high tempo and Kelburne quickly pinned Grange into their own half.  Some great link up play down the right between Frances McKeown and Adele Dastey meant that Kelburne were playing the ball front back to front with ease.  One such break down the right culminated in a brilliant ball being played across the D.  A diving Rachel Ewing got a touch on the ball but could not steer it passed the Grange goalkeeper.  Within the first 10 minutes, Kelburne's pressure was rewarded with a penalty corner.  The ball was switched back to Emma Barlow and her first time sweep flew narrowly over the crossbar.  Having escaped an early goal against them, Grange began to come into the game with some fast breaks through the middle.  Their final passes through to their forwards were not connecting though and the Kelburne defence swept up the loose balls.

Midway through the first half, Kelburne won a second short corner.  This time around, the routine was altered and a firm strike from Amy Hyslop found the back board.  Kelburne continued to create chances but could not convert and went into the half time break with a 1-0 lead.

Kelburne's coach, Craig Morton, asked for more composure in the second half.  The Kelburne team failed to deliver and sat back in their own half, letting Grange build their momentum.  The Grange pressure paid off when they broke through the middle and managed to scramble the ball over the line.  Both teams pressed for the winner as the game neared the end.  A succession of short corners for Grange led to a tense finish but the Kelburne corner team stayed strong.

All in all, a game of two very different halves and a fair result.  Next weekend is a double header for Kelburne.  They will surely look to take the points on Saturday against Western Wildcats but Sunday against top of the league Grove will no doubt be an altogether different story.

Match Report Kate Longbotham