Dunfermline Carnegie Ladies 3s played away at Meggetland in Edinburgh to face off against Cala 4s on Saturday. The high rainfall earlier on that day meant there was extra surface water on the pitch, and created challenging conditions to control the ball.
Cala started out strong, gaining most of the possession in the first half. Dunfermline’s defence showed great determination against the attacking play, with some brilliant interceptions made by defender Louise Baker.
Despite some excellent passing work on the right wing between Katie Peoples and Janet Onyia, the opposition’s midfield quickly gained possession and controlled the ball well, leading to a couple of goals scored by Cala.
Dunfermline fought back and made some excellent progress up the pitch. Sweeper Fiona Mcphie made several accurate passes to left midfielder Niamh Gibbons, who was a stand out player in dribbling and keeping possession of the ball towards the goal.
The second half saw Dunfermline gain much more possession than they did in the first half. Striker Lauren Girdwood played really well and narrowly missed a couple of goal scoring opportunities. There were additional near misses at goal, which was particularly frustrating for Dunfermline, given the maximum effort from all team members.
Cala were awarded several short corners towards the end of the match, but outstanding saves by Dunfermline goal keeper Sarah Deighan and strong tackles by defender Lynn Haxton, denied Cala of further goals.
The final score was 2-0 to Cala.
Dunfermline’s Most Valuable Player was a 4 way tie; splitting between striker Amy Bennett, midfielders Katie Peoples and Niamh Gibbons, and keeper Sarah Deighan, who all gave excellent individual performances during the match.