It was a convincing 11-1 victory for Cumbernauld Colts at Broadwood stadium that saw them remain the only undefeated SWFL Division 1 (South) side following Motherwell’s 2-1 defeat at Glasgow City.
The home side opened the scoring in the ninth minute when Kim Guthrie capped a phenomenal birthday weekend by setting her side off to the convincing win. Kim celebrated her 21st birthday on Thursday, had a fantastic night out with squad on Friday and won her Futsal semi final playing for Stirling University on Saturday, scoring her sides only goal taking the game to penalties where they were victorious.
A fine save from Angela McGann on 16 minutes kept her side ahead. Angela was also part of the winning Stirling University Futsal side that will now take on Edinburgh University in the British Universities & Colleges Sport Futsal Trophy final at St Georges Park on Wednesday.
Goals from Melissa Porter and a Frances Fern brace saw the Colts comfortable at half time. Fern involved in all first half goals was part of the reason she earned the Player of the Match plaudits.
In the second half, manager Julie McSherry had sent her side out to continue playing as they had in the first half, telling the substitutes sitting on the bench they would have an important part to play also in making the victory conclusive and obtaining the 3 points they deserved. Little could she have expected how this would prove to be.
In the second half, the home side were to bag a further seven goals. Fern continued her impressive display with another four of the seven second half tally. Joanne Morrison came off the bench and got a brace inside a minute of each other with Sarah Wardlaw getting the other.
There was to be a fabulous strike just at the final whistle for the visitors to get a consolation goal ending the scoring. This was harsh on goalkeeper McGann and her whole defence as they were denied a clean sheet.
After the match McSherry said she was proud of her side and how they’d competed to the end. In previous seasons we’d have taken our foot off the gas and coasted to the end of matches when we’re a few goals up. This season though we’re seeing a great hunger and desire from the girls to play to the final whistle. At times the football was delightful, at others we were still a little bit slack. I say this time and again, but it’s important to reiterate. We will call on all 16 players we’re available to play on any given match day. And each and every one has a major part to play in the success of the team. This was proven again today with everything the girls gave me.
Angela McGann, Lynsay Guthrie, Ruth Young, Melissa Porter (c), Lauren Nelson, Rebecca Young, Pamela Martin, Gillian Downie, Sarah Wardlaw, Kim Guthrie, Frances Fe
Substitutes – Emma McIntyre, Lauren Shaw, Nicole Hutchison, Joanne Morrison
Reported by Stephen Bole
Picture: Cumbernauld Colts Ladies FC