Fjordhus Ladies 1st XI remain at the top of National League Division Two following a gritty win against Stirling University at Tweedbank.
The Reivers ladies started the game well, pressing the opposition hard from the first whistle, causing them to turn over possession early.
Players on the left worked well together to draw the opposition in, then found a pass to Laura McLean, who thundered past several defenders and netted the ball with an outstanding chip-shot into the top left corner.
Evidence from the first five minutes of play showed Reivers as the dominant side and, by transitioning the ball well round the defence quickly, the ladies were able to rattle the opposition and work the ball down the wing to Leia Mackinnon, who used her skills to cut inside and find a free shot at goal. Such was the force of Mackinnon’s shot that the ball ricocheted off the backboard and back out again.
Fjordhus, though not faultless, were showing top-class, quality hockey. Through fantastic linking play between the midfield and attacking line, the team were able to slip another home when Mclean darted past Stirling’s back four yet again to send a perfect ball towards the back-post for Mackinnon to bag her second goal of the game.
Stirling were not completely quiet throughout their visit and due to a little miscommunication leaving a big gap in the middle, they were able to find their way through the home team’s structure. From a counter attack, they won a penalty corner, providing them with their first and last goal of the game. A straight strike went right down the middle of the goal and through the home keeper’s legs to make it 3-1.
The second half again showed Fjordhus continuing to dominate, but the defensive set-up of the opposition created great difficulty for Reivers to gain anything more from the game.
Several goals were deserved, but none were won due to a defensive overload.
Stirling still managed to find their opportunities, however, and, from a questionable decision, a penalty corner won them a penalty flick. Fortunately, Fjordhus’ keeper, Caroline Duff, must have been too intimidating for the opposition, who missed the goal and hit the post.
Fjordhus worked hard up to the final whistle, sending flurries of attacking play up the pitch in search of another goal, only for the final whistle to end their endeavours.