We had played Dryburgh in a pre-season friendly at DISC a few months back, so this was a good game to judge how much we have progressed since then.
We started the game strongly, playing down the slight slope and putting their defence under some early pressure. The pressure paid off midway through the first half, when a quick throw bounced up inside the Dryburgh box, one of their defenders instinctively stuck out her hand to stop the ball and the ref had no option but to award a penalty.
Libby took the penalty and although she struck it well, it was too close to the keeper, who parried the shot out. However, the keepers effort was in vain as Libby pounced on the rebound and smashed it into the net.
1-0 us and well deserved. The girls took confidence from being in front and created a few more chances, the best falling to Michelle after a nice move down the right but the ball stuck in the grass and her final shot wasn’t quite powerful enough to beat the keeper.
1-0 at half-time.
Playing down the slope in the second half, Dryburgh took the game to us and the majority of play was in our half but the girls were working very hard, defending as a team and Dryburgh were struggling to create any clear cut chances. As usual, when they did manage to get past our defence, Louise was there to save the day.
We were still dangerous on the break but Dryburgh have a good defence and goalkeeper too and we just couldn’t get the killer second goal.
With 15 minutes to go, Dryburgh finished a good move with a nice finish to make it 1-1. On the balance of play, we couldn’t say they didn’t deserve an equalizer.
Dryburgh kept the pressure up for the last 15 minutes but we stood firm – until the very last minute. A speculative lob from outside our box bounced off the bar and landed at the feet of the onrushing Dryburgh player who only had to knock the ball in from 2 yards out. 2-1 Dryburgh.
We took the centre and the referee blew for full time. Final score 2-1 Dryburgh.
The girls were absolutely gutted as they came off the park – what a cruel game football can be. Although Dryburgh had played well and had a lot of pressure in the second half, our girls had defended magnificently and didn’t deserve to lose.
We didn’t pick up any points but once again the girls showed improvement and once the disappointment of losing dies down, we can look back and see how much better we are now compared to when we played Dryburgh in the pre-season match.
Well done again girls.