LUTHERMUIR Women had another hard afternoon ahead when they entertained East Fife at home on Sunday.
In the three league games so far East Fife have scored 31 goals and conceded only one which is a pretty impressive start to any league campaign for a ladies’ team.
As expected they started the brighter and controlled most of the possession with making some good passes and creating half chances. Eventually the breakthrough came on seven minutes when slack play by the ‘Muir defence, when they didn’t clear their lines, saw them punished. The ball bobbled around on the edge of the 18-yard box and first to react was the East Fife attacker who took control and slotted it home into the corner for 1-0.
A few minutes later a good ball by Barker in behind the defence had Lownie away as she headed to the bye line she cut back inside and her low cross was gathered by the ‘keeper just as Forbes was stretching to prod it home. Luthermuir women created another chance on 18 minutes when Forbes took the ball down in the air and chipped it over the defence for Lownie to race in on goal, as she let fly with a fierce shot it looked like it was heading into the goal but the ‘keeper tipped it round the post brilliantly.
For the next 10 minutes the game was even with chances falling to both teams but both defences staying strong with Steel doing some great defending to keep Luthermuir in the game.
Half-time: Luthermuir 0, East Fife 1.
Luthermuir gained in confidence knowing the next goal could be crucial and pressed their opponents winning a number of first and second balls. On 51 minutes a good pass by Forbes had Lownie heading down the left wing. As she tried to turn the on rushing defender a great tackle managed to get the ball away but Forbes reacted quickly and took a quick throw in for Lownie to get in the box but her shot hit the side netting.
Nine minutes later Forbes was replaced by Hair and was straight into the action when a ball by Bruce had her racing clear of the back line, as she just got into the box a great tackle prevented a possible equaliser.
On 70 minutes Middleton suffered a bad injury when she went in to clear the ball but caught her foot which has resulted in ligament damage. Murray came on for Middleton with a reshuffle to the back line now and Brown on for Forrester to freshen up the midfield. The game seemed to be slow to get going after this injury and on 80 minutes a ball through by Barker had Lownie racing away, she cut inside the box and her shot was deflected just wide of the post with a last gasp tackle from a chasing defender.
Luthermuir: Charles, Young, Middleton (Murray), Steel, Murison, Shaw, Bruce, Barker, Forrester (Brown), Forbes (Hair), Lownie. Substitutes: Tait, Stewart, Smith and Cheyne.
Man of the match: Hannah Steel. Match Ball Sponsor: A. & G. Robbie, Luthermuir.