Loch Lomond’s second team secured another excellent win at the weekend after defeating Ayr 3-1 away from home in West District Division 4.

This was Loch Lomond’s first time coming across the opposition, so they had no way of knowing what the game was going to be like; however, from looking at the division table Loch Lomond expected it to be a tough game.

The wind and rain were making their presence known before the game started, and continued throughout the match.

During the warm up Naomi Shearer took a knock to the head – but they didn’t let this dampen their spirts and everyone put their all into the match.

Loch Lomond had a lot of possession in the first half with numerous shots at goal, some just millimetres away from being slotted in by the forwards, whilst others forced the Ayr keeper to make the save.

However, the visitors were determined to follow on from their fantastic win last week and it was Shearer who put Loch Lomond on the scoresheet first.

From the re-start of play Loch Lomond lost concentration for a couple of minutes which allowed Ayr to run at the goal and score the equaliser.

The midfielders worked tirelessly to connect the defence with the attackers which resulted in a Loch Lomond penalty corner on the half time whistle. With everyone pushed up they were unfortunate not to regain the lead before the interval.

A swift half time talk from coach, Anne McGregor about what was needed to turn chances into goals, seemed to do the trick – and not long into the second half Shearer added to the score making it 2-1 to Loch Lomond.

Ayr were relentless and weren’t giving up easily, but the Loch Lomond defensive five snuffed out any chances of them adding to their score.

Loch Lomond dominated much of the second half, and finished the second period the same way they finished the first – however, this time, from another short corner, Kara Kerr converted from a rebound to make the final score 3-1 – a result which sees Loch Lomond climb to the middle of the league table.

Lucy MacRae and Kara Kerr were joint ‘player of the match’ winners and Naomi Shearer was runner-up, while Ayr chose Chloe Harrison as their Loch Lomond player of the match.

Squad: Emma O’Neill, Anna Currie (captain), Melanie Birch, Eve Howard, Kara Kerr, Amber Wells, Lucy MacRae, Chloe Harrison, Alanna Hill, Anna English, Ava Currie, Colette Sweeney, Gillian Finch, Alexandra Smith, Naomi Shearer.

A special thanks to Martin Robertson for umpiring.

You can now follow the team on Instagram @lochlomondhockey or check out the club’s website – loch-lomondhockey.club.