On a crisp November Saturday afternoon, Dunfermline Carnegie Ladies 1st took on Edinburgh University Ladies 8s in a Division One league clash.
The first half was a slow start, with a determined attack from Dunfermline. Great opportunities were made struggling to result in an adjustment to the scorecard.
However, just before half time, a great lead was made by the midfield and a strike straight into the D managed to sound the backboard from a deflection that bypassed the Edinburgh keeper. The score was 1-0 at half time to Dunfermline Carnegie.
The second half was much more diverse, and the pace of the game heightened with Dunfermline keeping possession and making the majority of attacking opportunities. A great reverse pass off by Mercedes Black to Sara Orwin in the D added to the lead. A penalty corner was then given against Edinburgh, in which a straight strike from the top made the score 3-0 to the home team. As the sun was beginning to disappear and the game was drawing to a close, Dunfermline maintained a substantial lead with more goals being made. Striker Niamh burns, obtained yet another hat-trick to her belt. Edinburgh used their last burst of energy in the last few minutes, however couldn’t quite get a goal in the end. The final whistle blew and the score was 10-0, a great win for Dunfermline Ladies continuing to reign at the top of the league. Jennifer Callaghan and Niamh Burns were voted joint MVP.
In the last week of games before the Christmas break, the ladies 1’s travelled to Tranent to take on Preston lodge.
Carnegie started the game strong and pressed high knowing a win would help to retain their place at the top of the league. The attacking pressure created by Carnegie led to early goals from striker Niamh Burns, which gave Carnegie a deserving lead. With lots of attacks from Carnegie, they managed to go into half time with a 2-0 lead.
The second half started with mounting pressure from Carnegie who started confidently with the defence breaking up all the Preston lodge attacks allowing the Carnegie’s attack to push forward. Two more goals came from strikers Emma Petrie and Niamh Burns who completed her hat trick. With many opportunities, Carnegie secured the 3 points with a 4-0 victory.
MVP was Niamh Burns for her impressive attacking performance.