Kelso unlucky to finish second best

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Edinburgh University III 2

Kelso Ladies 1

EAST LADIES PREMIER DIVISION

KELSO travelled to the capital on Saturday to face the current league leaders for what turned out to be an excellent display of hockey from both sides.

Edinburgh put the Kelso defence under pressure on a number of occasions, allowing their opponents to win numerous penalty corners.

Staying strong at the back meant that the Tweedsiders kept the ball out of the goal and cleared it from danger. The relentless attack soon paid off for the students, however, when they found a gap in the defence and slipped the ball past the keeper.

Kelso looked like a completely different team when they came out in the second half – they picked up the pace and started passing the ball well.

They came close to scoring with striker Suzanne Fleming hitting the post and Emma Pate being very unlucky not to slip the ball past the Edinburgh keeper at a penalty corner.

The hosts managed to extend their lead after the visitors’ goalkeeper failed to clear her first saved shot and the ball was netted from the rebound.

On the back foot Kelso continued to show they would not go down without a fight and player-of-the-match Natasha McLaren gave her side a glimmer of hope when she swept the ball into the bottom of the goal.

This was a very evenly-matched game and it was unfortunate for the Tweedsiders to travel home with no points.

Kelso: L. Blaikie, T. Patterson, K. Carruthers, D. Paxton, N. Mackay, L. Denham, S. Green, N. McLaren, G. Thomson, L. Laing, J. Laing, S. Fleming, E. Pate, K. Stewart.