The Ladies in Black were home this week, but not as we know it. The normal venue of Aberdeen Sports Village was flooded in the morning so Auntie Lorna hastily rearrange the fixture for Rubislaw. The opposition were CALA from Edinburgh and as it turned out the weather was better than anticipated. The girls were 5 senior players down and the original 13 was further reduced due to illness. We were fortunate the ever resolute Martha Sheal stepped up to keep the squad at 13.
The game started very well for the Girls in Black with early shots from Jess Barr and Nicole Duffin nearly putting the girls ahead. In fact in the first 10 minutes the GCW girls had four shots on target. Keeping with the weather theme however and this proved to be the one swallow in summer. In ten minutes a pass across the pitch was intercepted by the CALA girls who strode forward and eventually one a short corner. The initial short corner was deflected high by the solid defence but the rebounded ball was met well by the CALA forward and fired home.
This changed the match as GCW lost control in the midfield and a succession of imprecise passes meant any momentum was lost. Some scrambles across the GCW goal before half time were somehow kept out to go in at half time at 0-1 down.
Half time was all about being better at what we can do. Doing the basics we trained for and not allowing the opposition to dictate. There was a discernible improvement in the second half but still a couple of scares during the half were dealt with by keeper Brogan Wilson. As the half went on however GCW started to get more of an upper hand and a change in press endorsed this. The last ten minutes were spent camped in the CALA half pressing for an equaliser. With 4 minutes remaining a short corner was won after some sterling work from skipper Nicole Duffin. The initial shot from the corner was saved but Eilidh Seedhouse was not sitting around but moving in to get the equaliser. The last few minutes saw a nervous Edinburgh side digging deep to keep the ball out.
When eth final whistle went a draw was as good as GCW could get from a resolute CALA side. With results elsewhere this result may prove to be crucial but the side need to be more on their game in future matches.
Sunday saw the conclusion of the U18 league in Edinburgh where the GCW girls lost the first game 3-2 to Grange. The day finished on a high though with a 3-2 win over Western Wildcats and some fine goals from the youngsters throughout the day.