THIS was a game Ardrossan should have put to bed but a series of missed chances and good defending by the visitors resulted in a loss for the hosts on Saturday at St Matthew's Academy.

Ardrossan lost an early goal through a mix-up in defence but battled back with a superb strike by youngster Kirsty O'Neill from a difficult angle.

The home side gained confidence after this and laid siege on the Uddingston goal but couldn't find a breakthrough despite good efforts from Kate Parker, Ally McFadden and Kirsten Allison. The winner goal came from a deflection off defender Sarah McLeod's stick. This was a bitter blow as defenders, Sarah, Amy Rodger and Emma Harkins were coping very well against the Uddingston attack.

Ardrossan midfielders, Molly McNeill, Wendy Chan and Louise Duncan surged forward at every opportunity but couldn't find the breakthrough.



A MUCH-changed line-up was fielded by Ardrossan for Sunday's league game, with a few more of the experienced players on the pitch.

A last minute call-off from the goalkeeper resulted in midfielder Molly McNeill going between the sticks.

Still smarting from Saturday's result, Ardrossan were on the front foot from the start, totally dominating possession all over the field. This pressure paid off when Loch Lomond conceded a penalty stroke which Louise Duncan put away to go one-up.

After that it was one-way traffic and when Loch Lomond scored from a penalty corner, Ardrossan upped a gear and were up 5-1 at half-time with a hat-trick from Kate Parker and one from Kirsten Allison.

Ardrossan should have added to their score in the second half with further chances falling to Kate Parker and Ally McFadden in particular.

The Ardrossan defence were in complete control with Gill Jack, Vicky McNicholl, Leanne McPake and Neve Curran in fine form. Molly performed well with her stint in goal. The final goal came through substitute Caroline Hogarth who powered through the Loch Lomond defence to fire home.

There were good performances all over the pitch from the strong running on the wing from Louise Downie and Ally McFadden to the energy of midfielders Louise Duncan, Emma Harkins and Wendy Chan. The girls now look forward to the return match against Loch Lomond on Saturday with confidence.