Dunfermline Carnegie Ladies 3rd XI V Livingston and West Lothian Ladies 2nd XI
After an 18-month break from competitive games Carnegie’s first match of the season was met with a mix of excitement and nerves. Both teams, with nothing to lose, gave it their all and the first half saw some strong attacking play at each end of the pitch. Livingston were rewarded with a couple of penalty corners for their efforts but a strong Carnegie defence denied them a goal. The action was soon in the opposition’s half with some strong passing up the right wing into Livingston’s D; Carnegie were looking confident and searching out the goal. Livingston managed to clear the goal area and send the ball back up to the midfields, however successive attacks from Carnegie left their defence scattered. A lovely pass from Amy Bennett to Janet Onyia on the penalty spot saw Carnegie open the scoring with a well-earned goal.
Carnegie started the second half with renewed vigour and Livingston came under even more pressure at hit outs. This possessive play earned Carnegie successive penalty corners which unfortunately could not be converted. In return Livingston set their sights on reaching Carnegie’s defensive zone and earned a penalty corner which the defence shut down. Livingston made an attack down their left wing which resulted in a striker using the rebound from the goalkeeper to put the ball past the goal line. During the next phase of play Carnegie found an extra gear, making good ground with clever passing and finding opportunities in the Livingston D. Unfortunately, the hard work was unrewarded by the time the final whistle blew and the full-time score was 1-1.
This was a brilliant start for a brand-new team and all involved should feel proud of their performance.
The most valued player went to Clare Morgan.