Borders Fjordhus 2
NATIONAL LADIES’ DIVISION TWO
THE loss of four goals either side of half-time cost Borders Fjordhus any chance of victory in Glasgow.
Both sides started the game positively and had chances, with strong defensive work by Pippa Bell and Claire Townsend ensuring Fjordhus remained on level terms.
The visitors went close themselves when a good aerial pass by Janet Jack was latched onto by Elena Lunn, who went close with a long-range effort.
However, the home side started to use their subs wisely, having a full complement of five, compared to the Borders’ only having their 11 on the park.
Fresh legs began to pay dividends and on 20 minutes they were awarded a penalty corner which was swiftly dispatched past a diving Gwen Bradley. The opening goal, and the introduction of Northern Irish internationalist Kathy McCandless, gave the home team added impetus.
Several penalty corners were awarded, with Bradley and Emily Newlands denying the hosts, but the pressure proved too much and, just on half-time, Hillhead scored another from a quick break.
Coach Janet Jack tried to rally her troops, but within five minutes of the restart Hillhead had scored a quickfire double to increase the lead to 4-0.
It could have easily have increased to five, had Jenny Scott not covered across from her left defence slot to stop a certain goal.
Much to their credit, Borders started a fightback in the last quarter. Denise Fairbairn and Karen Cornwall linked well to cause Hillhead no end of problems, so much so that the homesters resorted to foul play, which resulted in a Hillhead player being sent off for persistent fouling.
A penalty flick ensued and Jack calmly put the ball in the back of the net.
Fjordhus got their second goal when a fantastic pass from the left flank across the face of goal by Siobhan Murphy found Newlands, who beat a defender and slid the ball past the onrushing keeper.
Borders Fjordhus thanked Jackie Wilson who made her first appearance of the season and had a rock-solid game.
Borders Fjordhus: G. Bradley, P. Bell, C. Townsend, J. Scott, J. Wilson, D. Fairbairn, S. Murphy, K. Cornwall, E. Newlands, J. Jack, E. Lunn.