This last weekend had the GCW Ladies 1s finally get their outstanding match against league leaders Uddingston underway. This was the final match of the first half of the outdoor season and the weather was it’s wet best. Given the unusual timing GCW had a reasonably strong squad but the league leaders had not dropped a point all season so the task was tough.
The game started evenly with the wet pitch preventing fast movement and running with the ball. In fact it was easier to sustain pitch position in the attacking areas than it was to get the ball out of the defensive area. As the half progressed GCW had a couple of corners without any positive result but Uddingston got stronger as the half progressed and probably edged the half on play. It has to be said though that GCW defended doggedly at this point and getting into half time level was a very encouraging sign.
The second half saw Uddingston start strong but GCW began to take more control of the game and play much more of it in the attacking third. 10 minutes into the second half and GCW got the breakthrough their pressure deserved when Nicole Duffin moved left on the 23 yard area to fire a slightly lifted ball into the circle. The essential poacher Jess Barr led back and got the faintest of touches to deflect home.
The GCW girls were not satisfied with defending a lead however and continued to press. When they did lose the ball the ever reliable Shiona Littlejohn had her defence well marshalled and “new “ left defender Fay Bruce had her best ever game in a GCW shirt. Half way through the half and a corner was slipped left and fired at goal and this time the touch was from Lisa Clyne for GCW to find themselves 2-0 up.
Despite conceding a goal with ten minutes left there were few troublesome moments and some sound game play in the opposition half to produce very few nervous minutes.
A good all round team performance with GCW edging it “literally”.
On the same day the 2s managed to edge past a Grammar side winning 3-1. The result of the day is that both sides are third in their respective divisions.
Sunday saw indoor start and GCW travelled to Dundee to take on Inverleith 2s and the newly relegated CALA side. The Inverleith game saw a scrappy first half with GCW leading 3-0. Despite the lead and playing better in the second period some indifferent defensive work and inconclusive finishing meant Inverleith pulled the game back to make it a 3-3 draw. Game two would be the harder of the two games but it turned into a cracking indoor game of hockey with the lead constantly changing. It was Inverleith who went into the fourth period 4-3 up but GCW came back and drew the game 4-4 and were pressing for the winner at the end. The Edinburgh side found it very difficult to contain the GCW side throughout especially with Heather Curry being in outstanding indoor form.