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Murieston United too strong for Leith Athletic

Murieston United 9

Barrie 1, 15, 31, 60, Crook 3, 23, Masterson 16,36, Lind 63

Leith Athletic FC 0

  • Saturday, 28 March 2015
  • Bankton Mains
  • 15's Girls
  • Frankie Brown League
Murieston United claimed another league victory after they comfortably defeated Leith Athletic at a blustery Bankton Mains.
A clean sheet and goals from Katie Barrie (4), Hayley-Ann Cook (2), Taylor Hogg (2), Shannyn Masterson (2) and a single from Nicole Lind saw them continue their impressive start to the season.
Murieston kicked off and were in front only after a minute when Katie Barrie drove down the right, cut inside and prodded the ball home at the near post to get the home side of to the perfect start.
A great ball into the box from Captain Taylor Hogg was taken well by Jade Meldrum in the visitors goal as Barrie waited to pounce. The home side doubled their advantage on three minutes when Hayley-Ann Crook drove in from the right side and unleashed a fine dipping shot over Meldrum from 25 yards out.
The first corner of the game came in Muriestons favour and Hogg played in a great ball which was met by Shannyn Masterson but her effort was blocked and put behind for another corner. Masterson took the corner but her low driven ball to the near post was cleared up field.
Barrie was flying for the home side and it took a good block to stop her doubling her goal tally and then a good save from Meldrum from the rebound made sure that was also the case. The big tall forward provided Murieston's next two chances when she powered into the box but her toe poke finish from eight yards was well saved by Meldrum, then she saw a shot from the right hand side of the box narrowly go wide of the far post.
The visitors were struggling to get out of their own half as the Murieston's relentless onslaught continued. The home side made it three on the 10 minute mark when Hogg hit a speculative shot from all of 30 yards to see it fly over the head of Meldrum and hit the back of the net.
Hogg then came close minutes later when she shot wide of the far post from eight yards and then came even closer with her next effort when the ball hit the outside of the far post and out for a goal kick.
Barrie should have increased Murieston's lead when she latched onto a poor goal kick but failed to hit the target but she made no mistake when the next opportunity came her way. Hogg showed good work down the right side and produced a great ball into the box to set up Barrie for a mere tap in from four yards out to collect her second of the game and Murieston's fourth.
If Leith thought it could not get worse it did only a minute later when Masterson fired home a cracking shot high over Meldrum from the left which rifled into the back of the net to end this game as a contest just after the quarter hour mark.
Leith never let their heads go down and Jodie Glen pushed forward and won a corner. Susan Tricia Dodds swung in the corner from the left which was met by Alexandra Baird but she put her shot wide of the left hand upright then Eris McCulloch put a shot wide of the post also.
It was mere rest bite for Leith as Barrie picked up the ball on the right for Murieston, knocked the ball passed Megan Hunt and then drove up the right side, produced a deft back heel to Erin Turner who played the ball into the path of Stacey Peel but she shot wide.
The home side went further in front on 23 minutes when Crook challenged the keeper to prod the ball home but in the challenge Meldrum suffered a hand injury and had to be withdrawn. She was replaced by out field player Jodie Glen.
Glen was picking the ball out of her net on the 30th minute when Masterson played a ball across the box which was met by Hogg after being left by Turner for her and she made no mistake and blasted home from six yards out to put Murieston in 'seven' heaven.
Before Leith could regroup Murieston made it eight a minute later when a super through ball played from her own half by Crook saw Barrie time her run perfectly to pick the ball up. Barrie drove at the heart of the visitors goal and with only Glen to beat she fired home from six yards out to claim a first half hat-trick.
Leith pushed forward with Baird who played in Dodds but she fired wide of the target, then step in keeper Glen at the other end pulled of a great save to stop Barrie getting another to her name and then denied Peel when she pushed her low driven shot onto the post.
  • Half Time:
  • Murieston United
  • 8-0
  • Leith Athletic FC
Leith got the game underway after the interval which saw changes in both goals with Meldrum returning to her position after her injury and Chloe Young being replaced in the home goal by Megan Debra Ingles.
Leith started the second half brightly but their light was dimmed when only a minute into the second period Meldrum was picking the ball out of her net after Masterson ran in on goal and finished to right of centre of the Leith goal from 12 yards out.
Meldrum had to be alert two minutes later to stop the home side increasing their lead when she produced a great on handed stop to deny Nichola Hume. A great throw in from Hume found Hogg in the box but Eden Manson made a good tackle to put the ball behind for a corner. Hogg took the corner and floated in a good ball which was met by Crook but she headed over.
Murieston took control of the game again and the impressive Hogg played a great through ball to Peel but she poked her shot wide and then Turner showed her quick feet to turn and hit a shot from 25 yards out but unfortunately for her it was straight at Meldrum in goal. Karla Jackman then tried her luck from distance and was not to far away when her shot flew wide of the right hand post.
Leith were working hard although it was proving to be a bit of an uphill struggle but McCulloch showed good skill in the midfield area whilst Meldrum was again was having to halt Muriestons progress in goal.
Hogg was only inches away from increasing the home sides lead on 49 minutes when Turner found her on the right side but her shot rattled of the bar and Hume just could not react quickly enough to force the rebound home. Hume was then presented with a even better chance when Hogg played a great ball across the front of goal but she failed to connect from a yard out. It certainly was not Humes day when Peel found her in the box, but with time to pick her spot she fired wide when she really should have really hit the target.
Leith started to get into the game and were defending well and winning a lot more of the loose balls and there were plenty now as the wind was gusting and blowing the ball all over the place. This was no more apparent when a ball played in from Hogg was chased down by Peel but just as she was about to reach it a gust of wind took it away from her reach and out of play.
Jackman then showed good footwork as she danced her way past two Leith defenders and was unlucky to see her shot just go past the post. Leith had done well keeping their goal intact since Murieston last scored 24 minutes earlier but that was to end when Barrie got on the ball and produced a rocket of a shot from 18 yards to leave Meldrum with no chance in the Leith goal to claim her fourth goal of the game and put the home side into double figures.
A bit of a bizzare episode nearly led to another Murieston goal when Hogg found Hume in the box but she sliced her shot, the ball looked to be going out but Masterson done well to keep it in and play it back to Mcllone who hit the under side of the bar with her shot. As the ball bounced just in front of the goal line Hogg knocked the ball in but the referee deemed that she had fouled the keeper in the process and chopped off the goal.
A shot from Crook was well turned round the post for a corner. The corner from the right was whipped in by Masterson and when the ball was knocked out to Nicole Lind she fired a ball in which Meldrum failed to catch properly and it spilled behind her into her goal.
The horrendously gusty wind that had ruined the second half had the last say in the game when Mcllhone found Masterson who saw her shot heading inside the far post for a gust of wind to blow the ball unbelievably away from the goal.
A harsh lesson for Leith who are playing their first year at 11 a side against a team who are in their second year at 11 aside at 15s and that experience showed although Murieston have empathy for them as they were in the same position last season.
  • Full Time:
  • Murieston United
  • 9-0
  • Leith Athletic FC


Murieston United
Leith Athletic FC
1. Megan Debra Ingles
3. Lauren Healy
4. Taylor Hogg
5. Erin Turner
6. Nicole Lind
7. Hayley-Ann Crook
8. Stacey Peel
9. Nichola Hume
10. Kerry McRobb
11. Shannyn Masterson
12. Karla Jackman
15. Katie Barrie
16. Jema Gray
17. Ashleigh Malcolm
18. Taylor McIIhone
19. Chloe Young (GK)
1. Jade Meldrum
2. Sharleen McEwan
4. Erin McCulloch
5. Kia Howat
6. Eden Manson
7. Jodie Glen
8. Susan Tricia Dodds
9. Leah Stewart
10. Alexandra Bair
14. Sarah McCusker
16. Clare Hibbert
17. Jodie Mooney
18. Megan Hunt
19. Samiyah Ashraf
Star Player
Murieston United
Leith Athletic FC
Taylor Hogg - A couple of goals today and looked a threat all game when she got on the ball but more importantly she gave a real Captains performance today ushering her troops well.
Jade Meldrum - A good performance between the sticks before she had to go off with a hand injury after twenty three minutes but bravely returned at the start of the second half to restrict the opposition to only three goals in the second period.
Magic Moment
Murieston United
Leith Athletic FC
A great all round team performance with players who have a real understanding of each other.
Even after a heavy defeat to see players leaving the field smiling and laughing with each other showed a great team spirit amongst the players.
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