While the rest of Edinburgh headed to the beach on this hot Indian summer day the Ladies 5’s fought the traffic on the bypass on the way to their fixture against Eskvale Ladies 1’s in Lasswade. For some players it was their first Ladies match, for others it was their second and the team greatly benefitted from a few players who were on their second season of Ladies hockey.
Captain Keira Scott had a magnificent run during the first half with a cracker of a shot which just went over the goal.
Experienced Eskvale Ladies broke back and scored to make it 1-0. Watsonians tried to force the ball through their opponents instead of around or over and were lucky to end the first half only one goal down.
Poor communication between players allowed Eskvale another shot early in the second half but it was one of many shots deftly saved by goalkeeper Emma Brien. Unfortunately they immediately struck again to make it 2-0.
The more experienced and savvy Eskvale team created chances for themselves out of penalty corners but again Watsonians were saved by Emma. A run up by Maddie Lumsden and Ella Nienow resulted in a penalty corner for Watsonians. Their goalie saved a great strike from Keira who was determined to get a goal.
Lucy Keir had some great runs up and a shot on goal which was saved by their keeper. The audience wondered if we would ever get a goal? Time was running out. Laura Hunter had a great attacking run up and passed to Lucy who deserved a goal for her terrific strike, 2-1. All the attacking was now coming from Watsonian Ladies but it was too late, time was up and it was a close battle, 2-1 to Eskvale. Another 5 minutes and we would have had a draw.
Lots of great, exciting play from the 5’s though and we are looking forward to the next game, away to Berwick Ladies 1’s. Hopefully they will have learned that they need to play around or over our opposition, trying to force the ball through a strong team like Eskvale won’t work.