SWFL2 Central: St Roch's Ladies v Cumbernauld Colts Development

As the league moves into the final stages the ladies welcomed what is largely a fairly youthful but very energetic Cumbernauld Colts squad to James McGrory Park on a windy and drizzly afternoon.

Right from the kick off St Roch's were determined to take the game to the visitors and the midfield pairing of Amanda Dodwell and Cara Lovat were instrumental in pushing the team forward and keeping the pressure on the young Colts side.

From early on it looked like it wouldnt be long before the Candy Ladies opened their account but Rhiannon McGuire in the Colts goal was on top form and was particularly sharp coming off her line to deny both Mags McKenna and Caz Docherty in the opening exchanges. Indeed although they had the bulk of the possession St Roch's struggled to find that telling pass in the final third and it took almost thirty five minutes before they broke the deadlock.

Amanda Dodwell picked up a loose pass around twenty five yards out, neatly side stepped a challenge and curled a twenty yard shot low inside the keepers right hand post.

Within minutes the advantage had doubled as good pressure in midfield allowed McKenna to play the ball across the box for Docherty to jink the ball past the advancing Keeper.

With a two goal lead at half time St Roch's made three changes, bringing on Marcia McKay, debutant Sarah Savage and the experienced Kayleigh McCall.

Within minutes of the restart the changes paid off as Savage's pace and tenacity saw her win the ball and send it out wide for Nicky McDonald who had switched over to the left wing when McCall came on. McDonald then delivered an inch perfect cross to the back post for McCall to drive home.

Both skipper Kate McManus and Cara Lovat then went close with shots from outside the box before McDonald sent in another telling cross ball from the left channel for Docherty to coolly slot the ball home for her second and the Roch's fourth.

McDonald then capped off a fine performance as she finished from close range after the keeper spilled a curling Steph McManus free kick.

The win keeps St Roch's in contention in a four way battle for second place and next week travel away to face an in form Westerlands side.

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