Ladies’ slow start proves costly

Edinburgh University IV 3

Kelso Ladies 2

LADIES’ EAST PREMIER DIVISION

Kelso Ladies travelled to Peffermill on Saturday for their opening game of the season.

Early dominance from a youthful Edinburgh side caught the visitors on the back foot as they conceded two early goals.

Kelso began to enjoy more possession and territory, but goals were not forthcoming.

The second half started the way the first finished, with the Kelso ladies piling on the pressure. But the Students managed to catch them unaware with a long ball down field for their third.

The Tweedsiders upped the tempo again and started to play their own game with some great work between the defence and midfield.

Suzanne Fleming managed to pull one goal back for the visitors, latching onto a loose ball that Uni were unable to clear and firing it into the net.

Continued improvement as a team, and some strong, accurate passing, left Carol Bird one-on-one with the keeper, but she was unable to put the ball away.

A continued push for that second goal was eventually rewarded when Natasha McLaren showed some great individual skill to score from the top of the circle.

A frustrated home side now found themselves on the back foot as the Tweedsiders pressed for the equaliser, but time ran out on them.

Kelso: L. Blaikie, L. Denham, D. Paxton, N. Mackay, K. Carruthers, E. Pate, N. Mclaren, G. Thompson, L. Laing, S. Fleming, C. Bird, L. Henderson, S. Hope.