Luthermuir battle v top side

Luthermuir Women travelled to Dunfermline on August 12 knowing this would be a hard afternoon after suffering a 9-1 defeat at home to the same opponents only five weeks ago. Luthermuir set-up with a defensive formation and hoped they could counter attack their opponents when the chance came.

Straight from the kick-off Dunfermline controlled the game and played some great football with passes being zipped across the surface and trying to stretch Luthermuir.

The first chance didn’t arrive until 15 minutes when a mistake at the back between Lawrence and Hendry let the attacker bear down on goal but Aitken saved brilliantly at her feet.

Some great tackling at the back from Middleton and Godsall ment they were limiting Dunfermline to shots from distance and the shots were comfortable for Aiken. Luthermuir did create a chance when great work by Bruce in midfield fed Forrester in the centre and she skipped past a tackle and tried to feed in Reoch who just missed collecting the ball on the run.

Luthermuir team talk at half time was to go out there and keep their shape as they had done in the first half. Straight from the kick off Dunfermline continued where they had left off but they struggled to get any clear cut chances.

It took until the 67th minute when they finally broke down the Luthermuir defence. A ball down the right was crossed from the byline and an unmarked attacker headed past the despairing Aiken.

The Muir girls did not let their heads go down and continued stopping attack after attack with some great defending. Bruce and Forbes in the centre of midfield worked tirelessly all afternoon, by running their socks off preventing the Dunfermline midfielders from getting beyond them.

A ball down the middle by Forbes created disarray in the defence with the goal keeper miss kicking and the ball fell to Reoch’s feet but she fired it wide. Reoch as the sole striker was replaced by Burn on 70 minutes after putting in a great shift up front on her own holding the ball up.

On 74 minutes Dunfermline sealed all three points when a low pass through the middle of the defence allowed the attacker to bear down on goal.

Luthermuir sent on Cheyne and Charles for Clark and Aiken to freshen things up for the final 15 minutes.

Burn went up in the air and as she came down twisted on her ankle. The game was stopped for around 15 minutes while medical attention was administered with a possible thought of a broken leg. Hair went on for Burn and the final five minutes were played with very little chances for either team.

Luthermuir women had vastly improved from the last game against the high flying Dunfermline Ladies and felt proud of their achievement in preventing the home team from running up a cricket score.

Man of the Match: Tracey Bruce

Match Ball Sponsor: Ann Bruce, Laurencekirk

Luthermuir: Aiken (Charles), Godsall, Lawrence, Middleton, Hendry, Clark (Cheyne), Crichton (Brown), Forbes, Bruce, Forrester, Reoch (Burn) (Hair).