Reivers’ sense of purpose puts them in driving seat

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Granite City Wands1

Fjordhus Reivers2

Without captain Pippa Bell and junior internationalist Morven Cawthorn, the Reivers ladies were still planning to build on their recent good form.

And indeed the Borderers started the game confidently at Keith Park, moving the ball with purpose around the pitch and looking to create early opportunities.

Despite being in control for long periods, clear-cut opportunities were hard to come by and it looked like a penalty-corner routine might be the most likely way to open the scoring. Reviers almost did just that with their first short corner as an Emily Newlands strike was scrambled off the line by the home side.

Fjordhus continued to press and good work down the right by Leia MacKinnon enabled her to fire the ball, but no visiting attackers could get a touch. Granite City Wanderers were limited to occasional breaks on the counter attack, but Reivers’ defence looked solid with Jackie Wilson especially covering well to snuff out any danger. Half-time 0-0.

The hosts enjoyed their best period at the start of the second half and took the lead from their first penalty.

This shocked Fjordhus into action and there was an immediate increase in intensity. The visitors were pressing all over the field searching for an equaliser.

It was, perhaps not surprisingly, from another penalty corner that Reviers levelled when a Newlands rocket found the back board.

As the game entered its final phase it appeared that the home side had settled for a draw, slowing the game down and attempting to keep possession by passing the ball round the back. However, the visitors still fancied leaving with full points and when the evergreen Elena Lunn nipped in to rob the final defender and calmly slip the ball past the keeper, they were back in front.

Wanderers responded and threw everyone forward in an attempt to get something from the game in the final few minutes. However, Fjordhus held on and ensured the long journey home was upbeat.

The previous week the ladies ran in a 7-2 victory over Dundee University. Lucy Inglis (2), Emily Newlands (2), Laura McLean, Jackie Wilson and Pippa Bell were the scorers.

The team are currently in fifth place in the Aberdeen Asset Management Women’s National League Division Two, with the leading pack well within their reach.

Fjordhus Reivers: S. Tennant, C. Townsend, J. Wilson, Z. Higgins, J. Jack, E. Newlands, D. Fairbairn, L. MacLean, L. Inglis, K. Millar, L. MacKinnon, E. Lunn, S. Mathers.