Kirkcaldy Ladies 27 Broughton Ladies 17
Kirkcaldy Ladies welcomed Broughton to Beveridge Park for this National 1 league game. The visitors were unbeaten up to this point in their campaign, so as ever a tough game was expected. Kirkcaldy started well and got an early foothold in the Broughton half. Good phase play sucked in the defence and clean ball gave Brenda Brogan space to scoot in for the first score. Broughton fought back well and after twenty-five minutes levelled the match.
Although Kirkcaldy had the more possession and territory it was Broughton who took the lead after a breakaway led to another try. An injury to Brogan meant some reorganising was required but before Kirkcaldy could settle Broughton scored again, this time under the posts for an easy converted try. The home side had chances to get back into but a lack of composure let chances slip away, leaving the half-time score at 5-17.
After a few words of wisdom at the interval, the second half was mainly one way traffic heading towards the Broughton try line. The forwards stepped up their game and with the backs making good yards it was taking good defence to keep the score the same. A 5 metre scrum produced the next points. Kirkcaldy's pack had been on top all day and got their reward after shunting Broughton back over their try line for Louise Heggie to dot down.
Rowan Mcneil was next to score after some patient play from both backs and forwards left a gap for her to barge through. Nicki Redpath converted to level the scores at 17-17. With ten minutes still to play Kirkcaldy were hungry for more. Redpath was unlucky not to escape on a couple of occasions but good ball retention allowed the forwards to make inroads and this time it was winger Kayleigh Laing who scored in the corner.
Kirkcaldy kept their concentration and once more pushed the Broughton side back into their own 22. Good decision making and passing allowed Laing to squeeze in at the corner to score her second the team’s fifth try. Another hard fought game against a very good side. Hopefully the injuries on both sides are not too serious, as both teams face each other again on Sunday in the Sarah Beaney Cup 2nd round.