For the second week Colts were on the receiving end of a heavy away defeat. Following last weeks 4-1 loss at Rangers they’ve followed that with another at the hands of Motherwell, being turned over with an 8-2 score line.
Well opened the scoring with a 25 yard strike from Megan Burns having gone close in the opening 15 minutes, hitting the visitors bar twice. Burns’ strike bouncing off the slick surface and skipping underneath McGann in the Colts goal.
Motherwell were reduced to ten on twenty minutes when Stacey Cook saw referee Weir produce a Red card adjudging she’d gone in heavy and over the ball on Downie.
Following the challenge, Downie would not take any further action in the match.
Despite the player disadvantage it was the home side that were to get the next goal. And what a goal it was. Suzanne Grant turned her defender stepped to her right and curled her shot passed McGann.
After the break Motherwell scored three goals in a five minute spell that head them five up in 50 minutes. Every attack for the home side seemingly resulted in another goal for them.
Colts were to get a goal on 53 minutes. Kim Guthrie finishing from inside the box.
Any joy the Colts had was short lived when Motherwell went straight up the other end and got another goal. Their seventh came just before the hour mark.
There were to be two more goals before the final whistle. Cumbernauld getting one with five minutes remaining. And Motherwell the other with 90+5 on the clock to complete an 8-2 rout.
The win and three points were enough for Motherwell to secure the championship with two matches remaining. After the match manager Julie McSherry was philosophical.
“We were up against a very talented and deserving side in Motherwell, they are full of formal Scotland internationals. Their title was well earned and we knew it was a big ask to get a result to keep their champagne on ice. The early part of the second half was extremely disappointing and we were really poor in parts”.
“We’ve again picked up another injury today that may see Gill miss the remaining two fixtures, but we’ll wait and see how she gets on with the physio. We’re at the bare bones of our squad again with injuries and work commitments and need to think to the 2017 season. We’ll look to get bodies in to help us boost the current squad so we can compete next season”.
Reported Stephen Bole
Picture: Cumbernauld Colts