Hat-trick Hewie makes it three and easy for Arran

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Arran Ladies 3  East Kilbride Ladies 2’s 0

Arran Ladies played the East Kilbride Ladies 2’s at home last Saturday. It was a first time visit to Arran for the newly-relegated team who came with a full compliment of players, substitutes and supporters.

The match started with the visitors winning the toss and choosing to put their keeper in the sunshine, giving Arran the ball to play from the whistle.

It was soon evident East Kilbride were going to be a tough team to beat, as they exhibited some excellent set piece passing and strong runs at the Arran goal.

However, with a solid defensive line – which welcomed sweeper Cat Galbraith back from injury, Ali (Ninja) Mckie, Ellie Woods, Faith McKelvie and Susie Murchie – all their efforts were blocked and returned up the pitch to the waiting mid-field players Mia Walker, Hazel Malakoty and the team’s youngest player Isla McKelvie, who is only 13 years old, to drive it onto the team’s attacking forwards; Captain Lorraine Hewie, Anne Watts and new team member Cerys Herapath.

The first of Arran’s three goals came from Hazel Malakoty sending a free hit to Mia Walker who directed it into the D where Captain Lorraine Hewie was in position to finish it off. A excellent display of strong and accurate passing and player placement.

The visitors came back with swift and determined attempts to score.  One shot had the Arran goalkeeper showing why she is nicknamed ‘Ninja’ as she leaped to deflect a cracking shot from the EK forward aiming to put it into the top corner of the net.

Arran continued to repel the ball away from their goal line with Ellie Woods displaying calm and controlled play and the occasional spirited run up the field, helping deliver the ball back to the forward line to try for goal.

Centre back, Faith McKelvie, was able to call for player cover to ensure the defence were still protected from the break runs which made the opposition so dangerous. Susie Murchie was position-switching with young Isla McKelvie making it difficult for them to be player marked by the other team.

While covering in defence Isla was able to sweep attacks clear of Arran’s 23m box and blocked a running drive at goal.

After a balanced period of play where both teams won and lost the ball to some great low stick steals, solid defence, smooth linked up play in mid-field and strong forward presses, Arran’s Hazel Malakoty made a clever shot for goal from the top of the D which the keeper saved, but Lorraine picked up on the rebound and fired it back into the net.

This was followed a short while later with a rocketed back line hit out from Cat Galbriath to Anne Watts in mid field.  Anne saw Cerys running into free space just outside the D and passed her ball.  Cerys then hit it towards Lorraine who was running in on post and deflected the ball into the goal.

A fabulous show of classic back line to goal scoring passes. Captain Lorraine may be getting a new nickname from being Hurricane Hewie to Hat-trick Hewie as this is her second hat-trick of goals in three matches.

With the score three-nil at half time, the ladies returned from their break to resume play.  The East Kilbride Ladies tried many times to unsuccessfully break through the Arran defence, who were solid and consistent in stopping any challenge and sending it clear of the goal.

‘The final match score of 3-0 did not reflect the skills, determination and effort our opponents showed on the pitch today,’ said captain Lorraine Hewie.  ‘They were unable to score as we had such a strong defensive line repelling the ball and determined mid and forward players who kept the ball clear of the Arran goal.

‘The effort shown by everyone on the pitch, who played the full match as we had no substitutes to relieve the Arran players and give them a rest, was outstanding, especially from our young team members for whom this is all still a new experience.  Well done ladies.’

Both teams retired to the Ormidale Hotel, who are generously sponsoring and supporting the Arran Ladies for a third year, where Tommy Gilmore and his staff were waiting with a lovely after-match tea prepared by chef Andy Bell and his kitchen team.

While enjoying the refreshments young Cerys Herapath was told she had been voted as Dame of the Game by the East Kilbride Ladies 2’s for her outstanding play as right wing.  Congratulations from the whole team Cerys.  The first of many we are sure.

Thanks goes to Pauline Reid for being there to umpire the match – and husband Alan for not going holiday on the sixth as originally planned! Also to all the supporters who came along to cheer the team on from the sidelines.  It really helps the girls give their all hearing all the calls of encouragement.

The Arran Ladies are off for the October holiday but will be back playing in Glasgow against Hillhead 4’s on Saturday, October 27.  Push back time 1.30pm. All supporters will be very much appreciated and warmly welcome.

Hazel Malakoty makes a determined clearance. 01_B41hockey01

Hat-trick hero Lorraine Hewie is surrounded by two defenders. 01_B41hockey02

Mia Walker presses forward for Arran. 01_B41hockey03

Isla McKelvie keeps her eye firmly on the ball. 01_B41hockey04

Lorraine Hewie, partially hidden, fires in the second goal. 01_B41hockey05

Arran have to do some last ditch defending. 01_B41hockey06