Edinburgh Women’s Football Club started off the season well, with the 1st team grinding out a draw against a tough St Andrews side and the 2nd team convincingly beating Heriot-Watt to go top of the league.
Wednesday October 8 saw the first gameday this season where both the 1st and 2nd team had matches, both away to St Andrews and Heriot-Watt respectively.
Both squads have benefitted from lots of new faces at trails and the starting line ups were very strong.
Up in St. Andrews, Edinburgh started well going 1-0 up after only 10minutes when a mistake from the Saints keeper was pounced on by Katie Cleland for her first league goal.
Edinburgh were in control of the majority of the first half and, through playing some fantastic football, added another two goals through Nicola Mawson and Grete Wilson.
On the stroke of half time St. Andrews pulled a goal back, making the score 3-1 to Edinburgh at the interval.
The second half was far more contested from St Andrews and their pressure reaped reward when a scramble at the back made it 3-2 and shortly after 3-3. Edinburgh fought straight back and Cleland finished well from the edge of the box to make it 4-3 with 15 minutes to go.
However the momentum swung in favour of St. Andrews and they drew level close to the final whistle. Edinburgh, with most of the possession in the final ten minutes, looked to capitalise on this but couldn’t find the back of the net, final score 4-4.
Back in Edinburgh, the 2nds lined up against Heriot-Watt for the first time this year and with, Jade Currie having six goals to her name in the last two games, the team felt confident that they could clinch three points.
Currie was instrumental in the first goal after only five minutes. Her corner fell to Jodie Ovens at the back post and was slotted in well. With the majority of possession, Edinburgh capitalised and Curie scored after a good team play through the midfield, making the score 2-0 at half time.
Edinburgh continued to apply pressure with both Lily Chubb and Currie hitting the woodwork early into the second half. Heriot Watt held off Edinburgh attacks until 65 minutes when Currie scored two goals in quick succession, her second hat trick in two games. Edinburgh played out the game well and it finished 4-0.
This convincing win took Edinburgh to the top of the Scottish 3A League with two wins from two matches.
Next week sees a break in games for both team but the title race continues on October 22 with a double header down at Peffermill against Stirling 1st and 2nd teams. Both teams will be hoping to maintain their current good form.