Questionable call sees Fjordhus lose lead

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Borders Fjordhus 3

Inverleith 5

NATIONAL LADIES’ DIVISION TWO

BORDERS played host to Inverleith for their first home game of the season at a blustery but dry Volunteer Park astro in Hawick.

And, after last weekend’s defeat, the Borderers started the match at a furious pace.

Some good midfield interplay and linkage, led by captain Karen Cornwall, had the visitors’ defence scrambling to clear the danger on several occasions. The first strike was not long in coming for the home team, a lovely trademark sweep pass from Janet Jack finding Laura McLean, who drove into the D and hit a strong front-stick shot into the corner of the goal.

It was all Borders at this stage and, after a mazy run from midfield by Emily Newlands, the Scottish age-group internationalist found the evergreen Elena Lunn at back post to slip the ball past the keeper.

Fjordhus were in confident mood and some 15 minutes into the game they introduced talented youngsters Martha Douglas and Alex Clarkson.

The hosts continued their attacking play and the third goal came from a strong run into the visitors’ D by Jack, who hit a superb strike into the bottom left of the goal.

Inverleith by this time had started to put some passing play together and were helped in their cause by the dubious sending-off of Cornwall. The introduction of two fast strikers by the visitors paid dividends and they managed to pull two goals back before half-time, leaving the score at 3-2 to the Borderers.

Coach Jack tried to rally her team with some stern words for the second half. However, the visitors started strongly and starved the Borders of possession, scoring the equaliser shortly after the restart. This galvanized the visitors and, despite some valiant defending by Pippa Bell and Claire Townsend they scored two more goals.

The last 10 minutes saw some good attacking play by the homesters, with Siobhan Murphy and Laura McLean linking well with midfield to create some good chances. Two penalty corners were awarded, but Fjordhus failed to reduce the deficit, denied by some fine stops by the keeper.

Borders Fjordhus: M. Murphy, P. Bell, C. Townsend, N. Wealleans, A. Clarkson, C. Powner, S Murphy, K. Cornwall, J. Jack, E. Newlands, E. Lunn, L. McLean, M. Douglas.