VANESA SABALA scored all three goals as Loch Lomond’s first team came back from the October break with a bang thanks to a 3-2 home win over Uddingston’s second XI on Saturday.

After the disappointment of their last home game,a 3-1 loss against Ferguslie, Loch Lomond were determined to put that defeat behind them against their Lanarkshire visitors.

Both teams started very strongly, Uddingston edging the early exchanges, but thanks to their strong defence and exceptional goal keeper Emma O’Neill, Loch Lomond managed to keep Uddingston at bay.

In one counter-attack, a quick ball out of defence to striker Alex Smith saw her drop the ball unselfishly to Sophia McDermott then a textbook pass from left to right to midfielder Vanesa Sabala at the edge of the D allowed her to powerfully strike the ball to Kim McCallion for the perfect deflection into goal – an amazing team goal, perfectly finished.

Loch Lomond kept their 1-0 lead as the half-time whistle blew – though they had to fight very hard to do so – and the second half saw more end-to-end action, with Uddingston keen to level the match.

The visitors eventually found a way past the home defence to equalise after a perfectly-executed penalty corner strike, but Loch Lomond were beginning to sense that a win was on the cards and the only thing to do was to step up to the challenge.

After a series of strong runs into the Uddingston D, a bad stick tackle against McDermott gave the home side a penalty flick which was then converted by Sabala to put the hosts back in the lead.

And this time Loch Lomond remained in control, thanks again to the strong play of the defence, who set the tone for the rest of the team.

Another goal for Loch Lomond and Sabala came this time from a well-executed short corner routine to open up a 3-1 lead and leave victory within their grasp.

A late lapse in concentration in the hosts’ defence saw the Lanarkshire team convert a short corner to set up a tense finish. but Loch Lomond kept their heads to secure three precious points.

The ‘player of the match’ prize was awarded to Zoe Canty. The runner-up was Vanesa Sabala and the opposition’s ‘player of the match’ prize was also awarded to Vanesa Sabala.

Team: Emma O’Neill, Caroline Lyall, Sue Aikman, Zoe Canty, Kirsty Richardson, Vanesa Sabala, Becky Holland, Lauren McCreadie, Alex Smith, Kim McCallion, Sophia McDermott, Hannah White, Philippa Filmer.

Loch Lomond II, meanwhile, hit top gear on Saturday with a convincing 8-0 win at home to their Ardrossan counterparts.

Ardrossan have proved tough opponents in the last couple of seasons, so Loch Lomond were expecting a hard game – but a phenomenal performance by the whole home team, with maximum effort and a quality of play which was frequently top-notch, ensured the Ayrshire side were simply blown away by their hosts.

Loch Lomond settled down quickly and managed to get two early goals in the fourth and fifth minutes as Gillian Finch and Lex Clarkson pushed hard up front and created spaces and angles.

Everyone was hungry for goal and Loch Lomond had many shots at goal saved, but the Ardrossan keeper was soon beaten for a third time, and then a fourth, to leave Loch Lomond completely in control at half-time.

The Loch Lomond midfielders utilised some excellent passing; Tara Jackson and Kara Kerr led the way, with Jenny Tripney and Chloe Harrison following up with excellent short passing plays which kept possession and created space.

Great teamwork by the Loch Lomond players saw another four goals scored in the second half, with Gillian Finch, Lex Clarkson and Jenny Tripney each finishing the match with two goals to their name and Tara Jackson and Eve Howard weighing in with one goal apiece.

The ‘player of the match’ award went to Jenny Tripney, with Tara Jackson a well-deserved runner up.

Ardrossan gave their Loch Lomond ‘player of the match’ accolade to Gillian Finch.

Team: Anna Currie, Jane Neil, Gillian Finch, Lex Clarkson, Jenny Tripney, Tara Jackson, Eve Howard, Kara Kerr, Colette Sweeney, Jenna Gallacher, Chloe Harrison, Ava Currie, Anna English and Eva Mcaloon.

Thanks to umpires Vanesa Sabala and Andy Richardson.