Webster’s High School Senior Girls football team recently made the 180-mile trip to Dumfries to play St Josephs College in the quarter final of the Scottish Schools Shield.
Webster’s started the game in determined fashion and were immediately on the attack. St Josephs defence were given a torrid time by Cheryl Kilcoyne, Amy Doyle and Nivanne Crighton. A number of chances were created and finally in the 20th minute Webster’s scored. Tenacious play by Lydia McKenzie allowed Doyle to pass to Kilcoyne who blasted an unstoppable shot into the top corner of the net from 20 yards.
Minutes later Webster’s almost doubled their lead following a flowing move involving Isla Millar, Doyle, Crighton and finished with a crisp Katy Dickson shot striking the post and bouncing to safety.
Continual Webster’s pressure eventually produced a second goal fafter excellent work from Doyle and Kilcoyne allowed Crighton a clear run on the oppositions goal. After drawing the keeper out of position Crighton calmly placed the ball into the net with her right foot.
Just before half time Webster’s were given a scare when strong running St Josephs player eluded the entire Webster’s defence. Fortunately the alert Dana Soutar saved the day with a powerful challenge.
The second half started with a revitalised St Josephs taking the game to Webster’s. The Webster’s defence of Mhairi Duncan, Meganne Penman, Lydia McKenzie and Emily Rennie, who had a fairly quiet first half, were being forced to work hard to keep the lively St Josephs forwards at bay.
Despite having the bulk of possession St Josephs created very little chances largely due to the commanding figure of Soutar in the goals and the hard working and aggressive central defenders, McKenzie and Rennie.
Webster’s were still extremely dangerous on the attack and created numerous chances that were either blasted wide or saved by the home keeper.
With 5 minutes remaining St Josephs scored after a goal mouth scramble.
Although the home team continued to press for the equaliser Webster’s held out for a hard fought, and deserved victory.
Webster’s High School will meet local rivals Carnoustie High School in the semi final of this National Trophy.