Second side lose but play better in second period
Uddingston III....... 5 Loch Lomond II .... 2
Loch Lomond II were away to Uddingston III and both teams came out strong, but it was obvious from the start that the hosts were the better organised.
There was plenty of end-to-end play but Uddingston were sharp and capitalised on Loch Lomond’s errors.
Uddingston were winning short corners. Goalkeeper Emma O’Neill made some fantastic saves and the Loch Lomond defence worked hard protecting their D, but it wasn’t long before Uddingston got on the scoresheet.
Kirsty Richardson confidently put in some fantastic tackles and always managed to find a player or an ideal space to put the ball into.
The Loch Lomond midfielders and forwards worked well together and there was plenty of encouraging organised passing. However, the first half ended 3-0 to Uddingston.
Nevertheless, after a half-time team talk, Loch Lomond came out more determined in the second half. Defenders Anna Currie, Elaine Wotherspoon and Jane Neil shelled some wonderful balls up the field into space for the forwards to run onto, backed up well by added pressure from the midfielders.
Ava Keating ran her socks off tirelessly while also controlling the midfield. Loch Lomond increased their pace and determination and the flow of play was reversed with Uddingston being put under pressure in front of goal.
The Loch Lomond midfield charged, found Colette Sweeney up front and she gave Gillian Finch the perfect pass.
Finch then fired the ball in for the first goal for Loch Lomond.
The visitors had adapted well to the bounce of the ball on this pitch and worked confidently as a team.
Against the flow of play, Uddingston found an opportunity and slotted in a fourth goal.
However, Loch Lomond stepped up the pace again and numerous players missed some great opportunities in the D against a strong keeper.
Finch knew that she would have to work the keeper with her next opportunity and did just that, wrong-footing her and then calmly slotting it nicely into the bottom right hand corner of the goal.
Loch Lomond were beginning to become a real threat in the second half and this unnerved the opposition for a good while.
Uddingston suddenly fought back though and the exciting end-to-end match ended 5-2 to Uddingston.
After a great team effort, player of the match was awarded to Kirsty Richardson.
Runners up were Anna Currie and Emma O’Neill. Opposition player of the match was awarded to Ava Keating.
Team: GK Emma O’Neill, Anna Currie, Ava Keating, Kara Kerr, Gillian Finch, ElaineWotherspoon, Megan Glover, Jane Neil, Kirsty Richardson, Rachel Gibbs, Lauren McCreadie, Collette Sweeney and Jenny Cuthbertson.