Ar­ran win bruis­ing clash with Fer­gus­lie

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Fer­gus­lie Ladies 2

Ar­ran Ladies 3

Ar­ran Ladies boarded the ferry on Satur­day morn­ing for the short jour­ney to Lin­wood, trav­el­ling light with only 10 play­ers they faced Fer­gus­lie Ladies, who have re­cently been de­moted from the West District di­vi­sion two. Ar­ran knew the game ahead was go­ing to be tough and it cer­tainly was ex­actly that.

The match be­gan at a fast pace and Fer­gus­lie quickly cap­i­talised on the de­pleted Ar­ran squad by find­ing the back of the net in the first two min­utes.

Ar­ran quickly re­grouped and put the op­po­si­tion de- fence to the test and, after nu­mer­ous penalty cor­ners, Ar­ran equalised 20 min­utes later with a beau­ti­ful re­verse stick flick from for­ward Lor­raine.

Shortly after the equaliser, Ar­ran’s prayers were an­swered when ‘Lofty’, hav­ing changed all her plans at the last minute, took up the right wing po­si­tion to take Ar­ran back to full strength.

The half-time whis­tle could not come fast enough, but not be­fore goalie Ali made a great clear­ance when the Fer­gus­lie cen­tre for­ward broke through the defence and headed for the cir­cle, Ali sprinted off her line, no easy task in full goalie kit, to meet her at the top of the D, kick­ing the ball clean out the park. This left both teams go­ing in level at the break.

The sec­ond half be­gan with Ar­ran’s defence soak­ing up a lot of pres­sure, but within 10 min­utes Fer­gus­lie man­aged to take the lead once again, two shots be­ing cleared by Ali with the third re­bound picked up with a su­per re­verse stick flick find­ing its way past the goal­keeper.

Both sides were evenly matched, but it was Ar­ran’s pure grit, de­ter­mi­na­tion and team spirit which was to sep­a­rate the teams. Ar­ran’s equaliser came from defence, Mia, Cat, Faith and El­lie work­ing solidly to­gether when they got the ball to mid­field where Lor- raine pressed into the cir­cle, a quick pass to Anne and she flicked it past the goalie.

Ar­ran had Fer­gus­lie on the back foot and quickly found the win­ning goal, Jenny, Kirsty and Susie worked tire­lessly in mid­field and it was from there that Anne picked up a through-ball, shim­mied past two play­ers then ham­mered the ball into the back of the net from the top D givng the vis­i­tors a 3-2 lead.

Ar­ran had most of the play in the re­main­ing min­utes with Anne, Lofty and Lor­raine ap­ply­ing plenty of pres­sure but Fer­gus­lie’s defence was very strong, which Lor­raine found out to her peril. With only the goalie to beat, Ar­ran thought an­other goal was on the cards un­til the goalie launched her­self on top of the ball, but Lor­raine was soon back on her feet.

El­lie also re­ceived a fat lip from a Fer­gus­lie stick while de­fend­ing a penalty cor­ner so while a bat­tered and bruised Ar­ran re­turned home, at least they were still smil­ing.

The Ar­ran Ladies will en­joy a home game to­day (Satur­day) when they take on Irvine at the Or­mi­dale astroturf with a 2.30pm pass back. Spec­ta­tors and sup­port­ers are most wel­come.

Jenny Stark and team mates ad­vance in tight for­ma­tion to­wards the goal.

Anne Watts blasts the ball past the op­po­si­tion.

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