Stubborn defending and good goalkeeping is the name of the game. - AD-HOCKSPORTS

Stubborn defending and good goalkeeping is the name of the game.

The last 8 minutes was where it all happened, in this all-important home match for Western Wildcats Ladies 1’s against Clydesdale Western.

Up until then it was a pretty tight, and at times scrappy, contest between two sides, both with changes in personnel – especially Clydesdale Western ladies, who are barely recognisable from last season, let alone the last few years.

In the first half the ladies from Titwood, with new coach Derek Forsyth at the helm, had more of the possession and had a number of shots on target, only to be foiled by some great goalkeeping by ‘Cats keeper Jayne McLaughlin. Between that and a lot of stubborn defending from the Wildcats, there seemed to be no way of scoring for Western...but, they kept pressing anyway.

The second half and it was a different match, with Western Wildcats attacking with more success and winning a handful of penalty corners – but, like her counterpart at the other end, Clydesdale keeper, Kirstin Stobo was up to the task, pulling off some great saves. Finally, with 8 minutes left on the clock the visitors got that vital goal (thanks to Millie Brown) and, must have been at the very least, hopeful of keeping the pressure on to the final whistle and a highly valuable three points! No, not today.

Last hit of the match for the ‘Cats (courtesy of a short corner), after the final whistle had gone, saw Rona Stewart strike the ball home for an extremely valuable one point.

FINAL SCORE: Western Wildcats 1 MCC Western 1

Andy Lovat [26/09/2015]   

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