After a successful start to the season a couple of weeks ago, Fjordhus Reivers Ladies 1sts travelled to Edinburgh to take on the imposing Erskine Stewarts Melville side.
An apprehensive start to the game both in voice and physical presence resulted in a number of players being bullied off the ball and ESM’s direct approach paid dividends, and they were one-up after five minutes.
More even play for the majority of the half was in evidence before a good five-pass move from deep inside the Reivers’ half – involving Morven Cawthorn, Janet Jack, Iona Kellett and Kirsty Millar – was finished off by Denise Fairbairn. The remainder of the first half didn’t see either team threatening the goalmouths. Half-time 1-1
Switching into coaching mode at the break, Jack instilled the positive winning attitude back into the Reivers side by encouraging the players to trust in themselves and others around them and, although ESM scored from a penalty corner early on, the determination to win the ball back was evident and there was no sign of the away team giving up.
Reivers drew level again when Millar was on target from another impressive linking move down the left involving Millar, Laura McLean and Nicola Chalmers. Reivers continued to push for the next goal and were caught flat footed when, having beaten Caroline Duff in goal with fine skill, their centre striker fired the ball high at goal, catching Pippa Bell, in front of goal, on the ribs in the process.
This resulted in a penalty stroke for the hosts, which was converted.
Trailing 3-2, Reivers changed gear and found a number of penetrating passes through to the front line members, who were determined to draw level.
The next goal came from a defensive free hit. Jack found Jenny Wright on the halfway. She cut inside to Kellett, who showed real maturity by drawing the defender and slipping the ball through to McLean, who rounded the goalkeeper to score.
The winning goal came soon after as the Reivers were now in full control and ESM had no answer to their fine slick passing moves.
The final impressive goal again came from deep in the Reivers’ half where interplay from Jack to Bell led to Maris Cawthorn cutting in to pass off to Chalmers, who played the ball sweetly past the keeper.
“The result was testament to the effort and belief within the squad to come back on three occasions and eventually run out as winners,” said Jack.