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Goals, Goals, Goals

The first full weekend of the ladies programme had all 5 teams out with umpires, despite some late call offs. The theme of the weekend was goals, goals, goals.

The ladies 1s were first up travelling from a sodden Aberdeen to sunny St Andrews. The pitch is usually painfully slow and the extra morning rain did not make it any faster. However the Ladies 1s set about their task from the very off to try and subdue an energetic university side.

A few squeaks at either end with GCW holding the upper hand was the early pattern of play until a GCW corner was cleared to striking dynamo Connie Hatfield (well she is now). Connie calmly placed the ball in the corner beyond the keeper to establish a deserved ascendancy.

At half time it was about winning the early stages of the half and pressing strongly. Within 9 minutes of the restart the ladies went further ahead when a shot from Grace Morrison was tipped behind the keeper by Eilidh Seedhouse. Despite the pressure GCW produced a moment of slackness at the back and lost a goal to give the home side some hope.

Halfway through the half it looked like the game was settled when a cross was deflected into Hannah Lawrie’s midriff but he managed to get her stick on it and deflect it past the keeper to restore the lead. However never happy with an easy win the girls produced another similar slack moment two minutes later to allow the Students back into the game.

The game was settled 10 minutes from time when a ball was won on the half way and passed through to Jess Barr. Jess made a 30 metre run drew the keeper and passed the ball confidently into the net. In the final minute a full press saw GCW win the ball and after a couple of shots up popped Emily Parsons to score the final goal.

A fine 5-2 away to  put the Girls top of the table.

Meanwhile in wet Aberdeen the 3s nearly avenged the 2s defeat to Grammar 1s last week when they entered the last 5 minutes with a 3-1 lead. However the girls did not see the game out and surrendered 3-3 draw at the end. On after the 3s were the 2s who had a comfortable 3-0 win over Merlins 2s.

Sunday saw more goals. Sadly the 5s produced a good performance but could not score and Grammar 2s broke away to win the game 3-0. However highest scorers again this week were the 4s who won 7-1 against Merlins 3s with Katy Thomson eclipsing the experienced Esther Walterson by scoring 4.

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Opening Win for Ladies

An opening weekend game in Edinburgh against a recently relegated Grange side was a tough start to the league campaign for the Ladies firsts. Combatting heat and a strong opposition just proved however the kind of start the girls wanted.

The opening exchanges were even with Grange struggling to get shots on target and GCW hitting the target but not missing the goalkeeper. There were some dodgy periods leading to half time but the girls ground it out and at half time discussions on how to improve were had and implemented. The second half was mainly a GCW affair, Grange did have a couple of opportunities but the GCW back line was determined to maintain their defensive blockade. As the match reached the final 20 minutes GCW began to step on the gas and shots from Jen Smith and Jess Barr could have opened the scoring. However it took a strike from Emma Cornwell with 8 minutes remaining to breach the Grange defensive line following a sequence of shots in and out of the keeper. The last 8 minutes were a well controlled and in the end a deserved win  was completed.

The girls 2s had no such luck with a narrow 2-1 defeat to Grammar with both Grammar goals being well worked. The ladies 3s had a bit of a dodgy start in their game and were 5-0 down at half time but a stronger more organised second half saw them lose 6-0.

Sunday and it was the turn of the ladies 4s and 5s.First up was the Ladies 4s versus Grammar 2s. The fours set about the game with a positive intent and when Ava Airnes fired the ball across the circle a deflection from Esther Walterson started the goal machine. The game eventually turned out a 6-0 win for the 4s with Esther getting a hat trick.

The Ladies 5s were not so lucky coming up against a Highland 2s outfit which benefited greatly from some experienced players. The 5s lost 5-0 but the young side can be happy that they battled until eventually a stronger physical presence told for the Highland girls.

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