Se­cond side lose but play bet­ter in se­cond pe­riod

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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.

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