Fitness is the key to ladies' improvement

Selkirk Ladies 0 Murieston United 7 FRIENDLY

IT wasn't the start Selkirk Ladies would have hoped for, but the general feeling at the club, following their defeat on Sunday, was that you have to start somewhere – and if that is at the bottom then the only way to go is up.

With Scotland striker Hayley Lauder in their ranks, the Livingston-based side were always favourites to win the game against the fledgling Selkirk girls.

Nevertheless, the coaching team, who are soon to be joined by active schools co-ordinator Karen Cornwall, were reasonably pleased with the new outfit's efforts.

Coach David Knox told us: "We have to start somewhere and we weren't disgraced.

"Murieston are one of the best young teams in Scotland, and their coaches were impressed by our standard of football, for it being our first-ever game.

"We lost a few stupid goals after about an hour, and our girls tired badly in the last 15 minutes, allowing them to score three more late on. I think when we get the team fully fit and work out where everyone should play, we will do a lot better.

"I'm really proud of all of our team – they're a good bunch of girls, who never stop trying."

The visitors took the lead after six minutes when Lauder lobbed the ball over the head of Selkirk keeper Emily Dodds from the edge of the area.

Selkirk responded quickly with a near miss from Nicola Halfpenny, but disaster struck minutes later when Lori Wilson left the field through injury.

Lauder struck again with 20 minutes on the clock to double her tally and the injuries kept coming for the hosts as keeper Dodds was next to head for the sideline.

Despite a few determined efforts from Selkirk, the score remained 2-0 at half time.

The hosts continued to pressure after the restart, but lack of match fitness began to take its toll, allowing Murieston to seal the victory with further scores from Chloe Fairlay, Nichola Sturrock, Lauder, Amy Stanton and Leigh Lynch.