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Thistle triumphant after ten goal tussle

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Boroughmuir Thistle W.
Linlithgow Rose CFC B.
13's South East League
A beautiful morning for football with the sun shining but a real nip in the air. The instructions for the Blacks before the game couldn't have been any clearer - "It's the last game of the season, just go out and have fun" and with the smiles on their faces, that's exactly what the girl's did.

In football they often talk of it being a "game of two halves" and that was certainly true today. In the first 30 minutes, the Rose were outstanding. Passing was a joy to watch with every player doing their bit. Phoebe didn't have a lot to do but she did everything right. Brave when she needed to be, quick of her line and safe hands behind everything that Boroughmuir threw at her.

On top of that Phoebe's quick and accurate distribution sent Rose on the attack several times. Hannah and Jacqueline formed a great partnership at the back and combined well to keep Boroughmuir's attacks to a minimum. Fiona replaced Hannah on 15 minutes and fitted in seamlessly showing the strength of a lion to block and tackle right across the back.

Jacqueline harried the attackers and made sure there was no way through. Across the middle Lisa on the right, Emma in the middle and Cara on the left. The three of them ran Boroughmuir ragged. With each of them responsible for some beautiful pass and move "plays" time and time again. When they weren't going forward they were back defending.

They each ran their hearts out and did all that was asked of them. Cara twisted and turned and Boroughmuir had no answer for her on the left. Emma and Cara linked well, passing and each setting the other up with numerous chances. Lisa was creating havoc done the other side and was unlucky with several of her own shots today not to get on the score sheet.

Laura had a great impact on the game today and if it wasn't for some outstanding saves by the keeper in the first half, could easily have scored a hat-trick. Laura so deserved a goal not just for her performance today but for increasing her confidence with every game doing all that has been asked and visibly growing as a player every week.

The Black's had most of the possession in the first half and definitely the best of the pressure. Boroughmuir defended so well and their keeper pulled of some great saves with the ball being pushed over the bar, round the post or clutched gratefully to her chest.

The pressure eventually paid off and with the move starting right at the back with Phoebe passing out to Jacqueline. Jacqueline played Cara in down the left and Cara powered down the wing. Cara's shot went just wide and from the resultant goal kick, Emma took the ball out of mid-air and took on the defenders with great gusto. On the edge of the box Emma pulled the trigger and drilled the ball through a crowded box and into the bottom corner, 0-1. The goal gave the Blacks an extra boost and they peppered the Boroughmuir goal with shots.

Becky had replaced Lisa on the right and quickly adapted to the pace of the game. Boroughmuir were dangerous on the break and had their chances to get back in the game however some more sublime passing from the Blacks, saw them increase their lead. Becky, Laura and Cara all had shots blocked but Boroughmuir couldn't clear their lines.

Cara had the ball on the left and passed inside to Emma. Emma's powerful shot was saved by the keeper but she couldn't hold on to it and Emma pounced to knock it past the keeper, 0-2 with 20 minutes played. The Blacks were winning the ball all over the park. In possession there was no stopping them and their work rate to win the ball back from Boroughmuir was brilliant.

There was definitely more goals in this game but the next one came the way of the home team. Some neat passing in midfield helped Boroughmuir make good progress and a great shot got them back in the match 1-2, four minutes from half time. More pressure from the Black's saw them increase their lead just before half time with some excellent work between Emma and Becky getting the Blacks up the pitch. Emma then switched the play to the other side and Cara took up the attack finishing it off with a great left footed shot putting the Blacks 1-3 up at half time.

Half time: Boroughmuir Thistle White 1-3 Linlithgow Rose CFC Blacks

The second half got underway. Boroughmuir had swapped some positions with their keeper taking up and outfield spot and proving that her movement and passing were as good as her shot stopping. The first few minutes of the 2nd half showed that the Black's had taken up where they had left off and were attacking again.

Emma and Becky were outstanding, finding each other with accurate passing and creating space for each other to take shots. Although Boroughmuir's keeper didn't look as confident as the team mate she had replaced, she kept her side in the game with some great stops.

However the Black's did increase their lead through some great work by Becky, whose strong play down the right saw her take on defenders and go past them with ease. She deservedly got on the score sheet with 35 minutes on the clock after a lovely weighted pass from Emma, 1-4. The next 15 minutes saw good play from both sides without either team really able to gain an advantage.

The heavy pitch began to take its toll on tired legs that slowed the pace of the game. Becky unfortunately pulled up with a knee problem and was unable to continue and the Blacks missed her strength.

Fiona had been working hard upfront but Boroughmuir were closing down before Fiona could pull the trigger. Boroughmuir began to show signs of taking control and the Blacks were forced into some desperate defending. Boroughmuir scored twice in quick succession and with the scores at 3-4, it couldn't have been tighter.
The Black's tried to get forward but Boroughmuir were rushing them and not giving them the time to make their passes. Boroughmuir pulled another back to level the scores 4-4 and the Black's were looking tired. The tide had turned and all credit to Boroughmuir for not giving up.

Another 2 goals from the home side took the final score to 6-4. A great contest played with spirit from both teams on a heavy pitch.

Full time: Boroughmuir Thistle White 6-4 Linlithgow Rose CFC Blacks

The Black's have come so far this season and every game has seen improvements from every player. The girls should be justly proud of what they have achieved. The parents and coaches certainly are.

Report from Linlithgow Rose CFC Blacks
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