Match Reports

Everyone Loves Indoor

The Ladies 1s continued their National 2 programme in Dundee on Sunday and a smaller squad than the previous weekend set about three games in the day from 9am to 4.20pm. A long day but a reasonably successful day.

I will choose to omit the middle game against champions Western Wildcats. A defeat was anticipated but we did not play well and as the youngsters say “nuff said”. However the good news occurred either side of the Western game with two wins which were more comfortable than expected. The first up was a 4-1 win against Dundee Wanderers where a 0-0 first period was quickly turned around by a Jen Tait goal in the second period. Jess Barr added a further two goals rounding the keeper in surprisingly similar style. The final goal was a peach. Jess Barr fired the ball off the inside of the nearside upright across the goal into the opposite side net. In this case we can legitimately call it “straight off the training ground”.

The final game of the day was against a young Grove side where the girls ran out 8-2 winners. The score could have been greater but for some ambitious shooting and over running the ball but it was a pleasant way to finish the day. Abby Miller even having time to explain to her opposite number that she can beat her several times using the same skill.

Saturday was not so successful for the girls 2s with two defeats. It is however fair to say the performances were better and had they got a goalkeeper the scores would have been different. On Sunday the girls 3s took on Ellon in District 2 and ran out 6-0 winners with a hat trick from Esther Walterson.

In the morning on Sunday we had 16 youngsters out playing in the U14s looked after by Fay Bruce and Esther Walterson. The two sides played 3 games each side won 2 and lost 1. Not a bad weekend all round for the GCW Indoor Ladies.

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Future Looks Bright

Saturday saw the girls 2s continue their campaign against Grammar in the Indoor District lLeague. The game finished 5-3 to Grammar (the less said about the quality the better). There were debuts for Katy Thomson and Ava Airnes to add to other youngsters Jess and Eleanor Barr, Heather Hunter and Kassidy Mathers.

Sunday was the day for the U12s at the Gordon Centre and a very sound GCW side proved invicible with 4 wins. Winning is not the issue at thsi level but the attention to detail and high stck skills shown, the youngsters can be very proud of themselves. Led by coaches Esther Walterson and Fay Bruce they improved as the day went on. We are not sure if thsi was good coach input or the marshmallows supplied between games. 

 

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Hatfield Settles It

A New Year brought an energised GCW Ladies 1s to their first National Indoor Weekend of the decade. Two debutants (Eleanor Barr and Connie Hatfield) in the squad also enforced the “new” attitude to the squad. 11 Players travelled and all were used on a consistent rolling basis irrespective of form.

The first game up was Edinburgh who the girls drew 4-4 with on day one. This turned out to be another tight game. In the early stages it was nip and tuck and it was a question of who would  force a lead. As it turned out in 5 minutes it was Edinburgh through a lucky deflection or two. GCW tried to force it back but a counter by Edinburgh met with another deflection wrong footing the defence and it was 2-0 Edinburgh. There was a nervousness about the GCW side and a bit of familiarisation with the constant rotation. However this began to clear and suddenly the game swung. A long ball from the back found Eildih Seedhouse who spun the keeper and netted. This was soon followed by a replica but this time from Jess Barr. 2-2 and it looked set for an even first half but a piece of indecisive defending allowed Edinburgh to take the lead just before half time.

The second half was a ding dong affair 2-3 soon was 3-3, then 3-4, then 4-4 until finally Edinburgh netted the final goal to win out 5-4. A tight and enjoyable game to blow the New Year cobwebs away.

Game 2 was against Inverleith, the first game finished 3-3, and the girls were determined to get a positive result to go home with. A game dominated by GCW was 0-0 at half time. The game was still 0-0 at the end of the third quarter. The nerves were beginning to jangle a bit at this point as Inverleith won their first corners of the game. Then Jess Barr spun the keeper and was brought down for a penalty flick, a solid flick was well saved by the keeper. Was this to be a 0-0 result ?.

With three minutes left the ball was switched to Jen Tait on the left she looked up and saw Connie Hatfield heading to the back post. A disguised sweep across the defence looked just out of Connie’s reach but she reached forward to get a stick on it and score the decisive goal and the crowd and GCW bench were up in delight. The final two minutes saw a newly invigorated GCW side push for more and a corner switch to Heather Curry was netted with a minute to play to make everything seem easier than it actually was. Possible improvements might be shooting off the ground as several shots were defended well on the line by the Inverleith defence. Fourth in the table is a good way to start the decade.

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Ladies Move Up

Whilst most of you were Xmas shopping the Ladies Indoor section had a total of 7 games to get players for.  A bit of a challenge but one that the girls stepped up to.

On Sunday the GCW 1s travelled to Perth in Women’s National League 2 to take on Western and Bon Accord before they could think of mince pies. The first game was against Clydesdale Western. This was a game the girls had high hopes for and started well scoring in the 8th minute from Jess Barr. Despite always pressing the girls never got a crucial second and did not look themselves in the tackle. Thanks to the efforts of Jen Smith in goal the game entered the final 5 minutes still 1-0 to GCW. However a counter found a simple ball across the circle and a Clydesdale player on hand to finish it off to level the game up. A few nervy moments but the game finished in a 1-1 draw.

The second game of the day was a derby match against Bon Accord. The GCW girls always looked the better side and pressed throughout. They led 1-0 and 2-1but a dogged Bon accord side had the game level at 2-2 going into the final 5 minutes of the match. GCW had missed quite a few good chances and the umpires were less than kind when Heather Curry scored for it to be ruled out a s a hit. However a strong press and Heather one the ball on the left and managed this time to place the ball beyond the keeper with one hand to win the game 3-2. The result of the first half of the season is the girls are in fourth ready for the big January push.

North District Indoor got underway on Saturday at the Gordon Centre. The ladies 2s( minus a keeper) took on Aberdeen Ladies first and were coasting at 5-1 but a late comeback saw the girls eventually win out 6-4. Heather Hunter and Eleanor Barr made their debuts in this game and looked vey settled. Game two was a bit of a scrappy affair against Ellon but the 2s indoor strength eventually told out as they went on to win 6-3. All of the goals shared between the Barr sisters.

Sunday and the completely new 3s were out for three games headed by coach Fay Bruce. All at sea at the beginning but the youngsters grew through the day with 1-5, 2-3 and 6-2 their scores.

 

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