REBECCA Lightfoot was the goal hero for the second week running as Loch Lomond’s first team secured a 1-1 draw with Glasgow Accies at Hermitage Academy on Saturday.

The hosts had to dig deep on one of the hottest days of the year – but after a fine team performance, Lightfoot, who had scored the equaliser away to Dumfries seven days earlier, was again on target to ensure the local club would take a share of the spoils.

From the start Glasgow Accies came out fighting, but Loch Lomond matched them and kept their structure. The game was fairly defensive for Loch Lomond, in the most part, with defence starting from strikers Bongiwe TshabalalaIa and Kirsty Cordner supporting whilst also making breaks into attack.

The midfielders worked back brilliantly with Vanesa Sabala and Eliza Ritchie making some brilliant runs and linking really well with Kirsten Bruce and Sofia McDermott on the wings, while Jenny Tripney, as always, worked extremely hard and tracked back brilliantly.

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In the end, however, the pressure from a slick Glasgow Accies attack paid off for them with a great reverse stick shot that put them 1-0 up, just as the first half ended and brought a well-deserved water break.

With the chance to re-group and evaluate, Loch Lomond went back out ready to take the game to their strong opposition, and Vicky Perry put in several crucial tackles in defence while Zoe Canty as usual played with great strength and carried out her marking role brilliantly.

With a number of penalty corners against the hosts defender Lauren McCreadie dug in impressively and embraced her new key role running to the top D in corners, which proved invaluable.

Sue Aikman managed to make a few stops to avoid the ball going in the net which would have given Accies a two-goal lead and Elaine Brown in goal made several brilliant saves, playing with calmness and giving her team confidence around the goal mouth.

After a period of great pressure Loch Lomond took their opportunity when it arose with Kim McCallion having the foresight to take a quick ball, hitting it across the attacking circle and picking out Lightfoot, who scored a clinical goal at the back post to ensure Loch Lomond would remain undefeated since the start of the season.

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Before the game the team, guided by coach Rosie McColgan, had set out the objective of keeping calm and playing with composure –a tactic which, coupled with plenty of grit and determination, paid off as the home side secured another fine result.

The ‘player of the match’ prize was awarded to Kirsten Bruce, with Vicky Perry and Jenny Tripney sharing the runner-up honours, while Glasgow Accies chose Elaine Brown as their top Loch Lomond performer.

Team: Elaine Brown, Sue Aikman, Vicky Perry, Lauren McCreadie, Zoe Canty, Kirsten Bruce, Vanesa Sabala, Eliza Ritchie, Sofia McDermott, Rebecca Lightfoot, Jenny Tripney, Kirsty Cordner, Bongiwe Tshabalala, Kim McCallion.

A huge thank you as always to Andy Richardson for umpiring, and to Rosie McColgan for coaching and encouragement to each and every player.

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