Granite team prove hard to beat

AAM Gordonians 1

Borders Fjordhus 1

LADIES’ NATIONAL DIVISION TWO

FJORDHUS made the long journey north to the Granite City, with only enough players for a team, for this tough encounter against Gordonians.

Coach Janet Jack had primed her charges to apply pressure right from the pass back. Within the first five minutes, the visitors had won two short corners which were well defended by Gordonians.

However, a quick break by the home team caught the Borderers sleeping and the hosts went one up. From the restart, Fjordhus continued to apply pressure and after some good running by Laura McLean, were awarded a short corner. Up stepped Emily Newlands to take the strike and scored with a vicious hit into the left-hand corner.

The Borderers had the majority of the possession and gained several more short corners, but were unable to beat the keeper. Just before half-time Claire Townsend was shown a green card for stick tackling, which left the ladies with just 10 players to start the second half. However, some spirited play by Siobhan Murphy up the left, combining well with strikers Elena Lunn and McLean, created some good chances, albeit unconverted.

In this fast-flowing match Gordonians made a final assault on goal, but some fantastic defending and great goalkeeping by Gwen Bradley earned them their first point of the season.

Borders Fjordhus: G. Bradley, P. Bell, C. Townsend, D. Fairbairn, S. Murphy, J. Jack, E. Newlands, K. Cornwall, E. Lunn, L. McLean, G. Ross.