Two out of two for firsts

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Dum­fries Ladies 1st XI v Troon 1st XI

Dum­fries Ladies 1st XI got off to a promis­ing start in West District Div 1 at home against Troon on Satur­day, Septem­ber 1.

Both teams were pro­moted to divi­sion one last sea­son and the com­pet­i­tive­ness was ev­i­dent on the pitch, as both teams tried to set a trend for suc­cess in the first game of the sea­son.

Troon chal­lenged Dum­fries’ de­fen­sive play in the early mo­ments of the game, though it was not long be­fore cen­tre-mid­fielder Vicky John­stone, drilled the ball into their op­po­nents’ goal. Com­mu­ni­ca­tion and team­work were key to Dum­fries’ early dom­i­na­tion of the game, set­ting up fast, alert and ready to take their chances.

Within the next 10 min­utes, af­ter nip­ping the ball from a de­fen­sive hit out, Dum­fries gained their sec­ond goal by striker Re­becca Top­ping.

Troon did not let the score­board de­ter them and con­tin­ued to chal­lenge the home side. Although Dum­fries man­aged to win sev­eral short cor­ners, 35 min­utes in the score re­mained 2-0.

Half-time gave a well-earned breather and a chance for new cap­tain, Beth Sloan, to both praise and mo­ti­vate her team to con­tinue to play as dy­nam­i­cally as they had done so far.

Troon were pre­pared to work harder in the sec­ond half though and their quick and sharp paces tested Dum­fries’ fit­ness.

Dum­fries held well, how­ever, win­ning many long cor­ners, en­sur­ing the ball stayed in their at­tack­ing half of the pitch. Us­ing the width and the right-side line pre­dom­i­nantly, Dum­fries stretched their op­po­nents and their ef­fort paid off once again when, af­ter an in­tense scram­ble at the top of the D, Elen Austin (mid­fielder) used some fan­tas­tic in­di­vid­ual skill, flick­ing the ball be­tween the keeper’s legs to give Dum­fries a third goal.

The rest of the sec­ond half proved a stren­u­ous time for the Dum­fries Ladies, as Troon put pres­sure on the home side. In the last eight min­utes it seemed as though Dum­fries’ stamina faded a lit­tle but their de­fence man­aged to keep a clean sheet.

Vicky John­stone was awarded player of the match for her out­stand­ing per­for­mance through­out the game. Over­all a strong team ef­fort and a su­perb win and an aus­pi­cious start for the new sea­son.

Team: A McCub­bin (GK), Beth Sloan (C), M Dob­bie, S Stra­chan, E Harper, A Parker, V John­stone, R Top­ping, H Braw­ley, E Austin, M Cravens.

Dum­fries Ladies 1st XI v Western Wild­cats 2s

The fol­low­ing Sun­day, Septem­ber 8, Dum­fries ladies 1st XI took the field against Western Wild­cats 2s, last year’s divi­sion one win­ners.

The game started with Dum­fries on the front foot and it didn’t take them long to score the first goal af­ter 10 min­utes with a tap-in from Gla­dys McC­ly­mont.

This was quickly fol­lowed by a sec­ond from a long hit into the D and Re­becca Top­ping calmly put her stick in the way and de­flected the shot into the goals.

Wild­cats then came back into the game but Dum­fries dealt with the youth­ful­ness and speed of the for­wards. A third goal came just be­fore half time from cap­tain Beth Sloan who neatly con­verted a slick short cor­ner rou­tine. Half time score 3-0.

The sec­ond half was a com­plete re­ver­sal of the first half with Wild­cats on the front foot, push­ing high up the pitch and the op­po­si­tion where re­warded with a goal half way through the sec­ond half.

Wild­cats piled on the pres­sure but a clear­ance off the line from Angie McNay, some strong de­fend­ing and goal­keep­ing man­aged to keep the op­po­si­tion at bay and the fi­nal score ended 3-1 and an­other three points in the bag.

Team: A McCub­bin (GK), Beth Sloan (C), M Dob­bie, S Stra­chan, A Parker, R Top­ping, E Austin, M Cravens, A Brad­bury, G McC­ly­mont, A McNay, R Top­ping.

This Satur­day the ladies are away to Ud­dingston 3s in the cup.

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