LOWICK LADIES 3, HEARTS LADIES 8: The inaugural Roman Greenlees charity shield match saw the visitors from Edinburgh visit Shielfield Park to play local ladies team Lowick.
For many in the crowd of over 200 it was their first experience of women’s football and they witnessed an action packed game of entertaining play.
Lowick got off to the worst possible start conceding after five minutes, however they went on to have three good scoring opportunities in close succession with Michelle Stewart having two opportunities and strike partner Jenna Waddell hitting the bar.
Lowick were struggling to retain possession and Hearts began to dominate in midfield.
The Hearts midfielders were passing through the Lowick defence and their lively forwards were peppering the Lowick goal with shots.
The pressure began to tell and although Mel Darling in the Lowick goal made several outstanding saves Hearts scored three more times to make the half time score 4-0 to Hearts.
The Lowick players were disappointed with their first half performance but half-time gave an opportunity to reorganise and tighten up in midfield.
The second half resumed with Hearts having plenty of possession but struggling to open up the home defence. Ten minutes into the second half Lowick finally got a breakthrough when Becky Robinson crossed from the left finding Stewart who squared the ball across the six yard box for Amy Hateley to hammer home from close range.
This spurred Lowick on and they created further chances for Stewart and Robinson.
Hearts stepped up their game and hit back immediately with two goals to make it 6-1.
Lowick who had a squad of 18 for this match made several changes and almost immediately pulled a goal back when Jenna Kerr playing her first game in four years turned her marker on the edge of the 18 yard box and scored with a smart left foot drive.
As Lowick pushed forward looking to pull back more goals they left themselves open at the back and Hearts punished them again scoring two more goals.
Lowick had however saved the best for last and in the dying seconds of the game Michelle Stewart was released on the right wing and saw her 20 yard drive fly into the back of the net to make the final score 8-3 to Hearts Ladies.
This was a fantastic advertisement for women’s football, highlighting the ability of local players and the skills and athletic ability of the visitors.
Special thanks to the principal organiser of the match Jenny Patterson, the visitors Hearts, the enthusiastic crowd and hosts Berwick Rangers for such a fantastic venue. Although not all of the money has been collected, to date £1,000 has been received for the Roman Greenlees charity.