Western Woman No Match for Thistle Ladies

Josh Collins May 13, 2013 0

Todays game against Western always promised to be a goal fest. The 12 goals scored by Thistle today were all well taken. It would be hard to believe from the score line that Thistle could have played better. But in truth, it could have easily been 20 goals to nil had some of the finishing been more clinical. At half time, the girls in green were 8-0 up thanks to some fine finishing from Vanessa Hamlin, Laura Evelyn, Mecaela Fraser and with her first (well deserved) goal of the season, Andy Smith. All goals came from some fantastic passing and movement which is fast becoming a key feature of this Thistle team. Laura Evelyn particularly stood out in this half, scoring two goals and making 3. Elizabeth Hamlin was unlucky not to bag her first goal for the club as her well taken penalty, hard and low to the keepers right was kept out by a fantastic acrobatic save from the Western keeper who was unlucky to be beaten so many times today. A few changes in the second half saw play slow a little as the team tried to get back into a rhythm. It didn’t take long for Laura Evelyn to find the net again to get the team rolling. However a resolute performance from Western in the second half limited Thistle to only 4 second half goals. A special mention must go to Cat Burnett who scored her first ever goal in what is her second season for the club. A ball across from Aimee Stubbs saw Cat in a great position to stab home from 10 yards. Aimee Stubbs bagging her own goal later in the half. Much of the play today came from the base of the midfield which was well orchestrated by Estelle Hamlin. With such fantastic support Estelle was able to implement a smooth passing game which saw her create a number of goals, including one for her daughter Vanessa which was a sharp through ball which was put away in clinical fashion by the ever reliable striker. Whilst there were some missed opportunities up front, at the back, the team was rock solid. The first clean sheet of the year was well deserved. Western did not manage to muster a single shot on target in the second half and credit must go to the back four who were very reliable all day. Player of the day in the end went to Laura Evelyn who is showing her quality after a couple of games in the side. She could have easily had 6 goals today and was unlucky that her hard running and intelligent movement was not coupled with a goal tally to match. Another good performance from the team who climb to 5th on the table. Some strong performances in the second half of the season will surely see this team climb higher as they go from strength to strength. Another strong performance (literally) from Thistle coach Ben Johnson who not only managed a pre-game calf rub for Emma Campbell but who also physically carried an (apparently) injured Laura Evelyn from the field. A fantastic performance from a coach who cares. Goals: Vanessa Hamlin x 4 Laura Evelyn x 3 Mecaela Fraser x 2 Andy Smith x 1 Cat Burnett x 1 Aimee Stubbs x 1