Sun shining but no joy for Luthermuir

Luthermuir WFC entertained Scottish Women’s Football League Second Division North leaders Dee Vale on a glorious and sunny afternoon at Luthermuir Park last Sunday.

The game started with neither teams breaking down the defence for the first 10 minutes and pretty even.

Luthermuir then suffered a setback when Coutts went off with a groin strain and was replaced by Burn with a reshuffle to the team.

The first chance fell to Luthermuir when Hendry played the ball forward and Burn tried to head it over the goalkeeper from 15 yards but it was saved well.

Luthermuir made a change with their formation to 442 to press their opponents more in their own half. A corner down the right was swung over by Walker and as it was headed clear Brough took it down and fired just wide of the post.

Dee then had a good chance when a free kick down the left was swung into the box; the attacker took a touch and fired her shot just wide of the target.

A goal kick from Charles was taken down by the attacker and as she raced towards goal she fired a low shot that cannoned back of the post and was cleared by Hendry.

Dee were starting to gain more control of the game and the attacker gained some space on the edge of the box and fizzed a shot at goal which Charles brilliantly tipped round the post, the resulting corner was cleared by Brough.

A great chance when Burn and Boyack worked well in the middle of the park to create space before laying the ball forward for Lownie who fired at goal but her shot was pushed away for a corner.

Walker whipped the ball over and it was headed off the line and cleared to Hendry on the edge of the box, she fired her shot wide of the right hand post.

Luthermuir then were gaining more possession and pushing Dee back into their own half with a succession of corners the defence was holding their own. Brough then had another long range effort which the keeper saved well.

As the half was drawn to a close Luthermuir pressed their opponents and Walker fired just wide of the post. Lawrence then fired just over with a fierce shot from 25 yards.

Lownie was put through on goal by Boyack and hit the crossbar, the Dee defence scrambled the ball away and a foul out on the right of the box was swung over by Hendry where BROUGH glanced a header into the opposite corner of the net.

Half-time: Luthermuir 1, Dee Vale 4.

Luthermuir WFC started the second half knowing that the next goal was crucial and resorted back to playing 5-4-1.

Within the first minute Luthermuir had a great chance when Lawrence played a low ball to Lownie down the centre and she skipped past the defender and fired it high towards goal where the keeper brilliantly tipped it over for a corner. Walker whipped over the corner but the defence cleared well.

Dee made some formation changes and start to up the pass on the passing which Luthermuir struggled with.

A ball out wide was taken down by the midfielder and as she cut in towards goal fired it to the far corner, Charles tipped it round the post with a goal looking certain.

Dee continued to press Luthermuir for the next 10 minutes but the defence stayed strong and cleared the danger well. Dee got a goal back when down the far right a neat one two passing released the girl into the box where she skipped past a couple of challenges and fired it home.

A goal kick by Charles was collected in midfield and she fired it high into the net from 25 yards out. Burn then had to go off injured and Stewart was unable to join the field due to a jewellery issue. Luthermuir were now trying to chase the game with 10 men and were finding this harder with the click passing from Dee Vale.

Brough found Lownie down the right and she cut inside both chasing defenders but fired her shot at the keeper from the edge of the box. Dee continued to press Luthermuir and eventually found the killer goal. A corner down the far left was fizzed over and missed by all in the box and went straight into the opposite corner of the net

A cross down the left was cleared by Hendry and the Dee midfielder took it down from 35 yards and lobbed it over Charles for 4-1 and seal all three points. Luthermuir were struggling with 10 men and were continually put under pressure in the last 15 minutes but from great defending to keep the score line at four. The last chance fell to Dee on when the attacker cut in from the left and fired a shot that just shaved the left hand post.

Luthermuir: Charles, Godsall, Lawrence, Walker, Hendry, Murison, Lownie, Boyack, Brough, Barker, Coutts (Burn) – Substitute: Stewart.

Man-of-the-match: Sammy Murison; Matchball sponsor: Scots Corner, Luthermuir.