Sunday 11 June 2017, 14.00, Kings Park
Hearts Ladies against East Fife Ladies in the Scottish Women’s Premier League 2.
Since seeing Hearts Ladies lose to the only goal against Jeanfield Swifts, they gained a creditable 2-2 draw away to Glasgow Girls.
New additions Kirsten Reilly and Hannah Scott both started while long term injury victim Kawana-Waugh had a place on the bench. Striker Brogan Anderson had bowed out of the squad as she could no longer get to training due to work commitments.
It was good to see Sharon Hughes walking about after the bad injury she sustained earlier in the season.
It’s a first sighting of East Fife Ladies.
Established in 2000 as Kirkland Ladies, they changed to East Fife Ladies in 2002. They won promotion to the Premier League 2 after winning the Football League Division 1 North title last season.
They haven’t found it easy in the SWPL2 with one win and one draw from their opening 9 games. Their second game of the league season saw them face Hearts at their own ground in Leven and they lost by a solitary goal, so they would have been hopeful of trying to get some further points .
Despite my best efforts, I couldn’t get a reply from East Fife on social media, so have been unable to obtain their team.
Although Hearts Ladies playing at the home of Dalkeith Thistle, who have just finished their season, it was very noticeable what great condition the pitch was in. A lot of credit has to go to the groundsman.
Spartans Ladies former Hearts midfielder Michaela McAlonie was in attendance.
Carse played a ball down the right for Hearts in 6 minutes and a great turn by Hutchison saw her running into the East Fife box, but EF10 managed to get the ball behind for a Hearts corner.
Hearts came forward again in 8 minutes and Carse received the ball on the left. She cut inside EF7 and shot for goal, but put her effort wide.
Walkingshaw had a good strike from around 23 yards in the 9th minute, but the East Fife keeper held the shot well.
Scott played the ball to Carse in the tenth minute as the home side pressed forward and she went past EF7, but her ball across was taken by the keeper.
In 11 minutes, Carse got the ball again and she struck the ball into the far corner from just inside the box to give Hearts the lead.
Two minutes later, Walkingshaw swung a corner into the East Fife box and Pagliarulo cut the ball back from the back post to Hutchison who fired into the net through a ruck of players to make it two.
A fine ball through the East Fife defence by Hutchison in 15 minutes saw Carse away on the right and she cut inside the box but saw her powerful effort hit the side netting.
Pagliarulo had a shot at the East Fife goal in 17 minutes from distance after some tenacious play by Reilly, but it was off target.
With 18 minutes gone, EF10 saw her cross deflect off Moultray and spin across the face of the Hearts goal and out for a corner on the other side. EF19 floated the ball over, but everyone missed it.
A good turn by EF10 in 21 minutes saw her play the ball through to EF18. She played the ball back to EF10 on the right and she crossed into the middle where Watson palmed the ball away from EF18.
An East Fife corner in 22 minutes bounced in the middle of the Hearts box and EF6 headed goalwards. The ball came back off the bar and straight into the hands of the grateful Watson.
Immediately after that escape for Hearts, Walkingshaw fired in a shot from 25 yards which the East Fife keeper got hands to, but couldn’t keep out and Hearts were three in front.
In 24 minutes, Walkingshaw carved open the East Fife defence with a ball through for Carse, but the flag was up for offside as she shot over the bar.
Carse was prominent for Hearts and she got the ball on the left again in 27 minutes and went past EF7 before curling into the far corner for her second and Hearts fourth.
Hearts had a corner in 38 minutes which was cleared to Walkingshaw on the left. She put a great ball into the box where Kidd finished spectacularly on the volley in off the underside of the bar to make it 5-0.
Just before half time EF19 went into a challenge with Hutchison and went down. She was still down as the whistle blew for half time.
It was a dominant first half from Hearts who really looked to have got their mojo back after some disappointing results. East Fife player/manager Anderson hadn’t been happy with her team mates performance in the opening period.
In 47 minutes, Walkingshaw passed to Carse on the left for Hearts, but she was halted by a good tackle from Anderson.
A cross from the right by Kidd into the East Fife box in 48 minutes found Reilly at the front post, but she couldn’t direct the ball on target.
EF17 put a dangerous ball into the Hearts box from the left in 50 minutes, but there was nobody there to get a touch.
Carse passed the ball in behind the East Fife defence in 56 minutes for Walkingshaw who managed to poke the ball past the advancing keeper and into the net to make it six.
A good move by East Fife in 58 minutes saw EF24 play a great ball out to EF17 who went past Paterson and cut the ball back to EF18, but her shot at goal was straight at Watson.
A bit inconsiderate of Hearts bringing on Katie Reilly in 59 minutes when they already had a Kirsten Reilly on the pitch…..
Dodds played the ball into the feet of Carse after 61 minutes and she rolled a defender before striding forward and curling just wide.
With 64 minutes gone, Carse crossed in from the left and Kidd’s shot was blocked. The rebound came to Kirsten Reilly but she fired over.
Moultray required treatment in 74 minutes, but was ok to continue.
A Hearts corner in 77 minutes saw Walkingshaw’s delivery come to the feet of Pagliarulo in the middle of the box, but she fired over the top.
An East Fife through ball in 78 minutes saw EF17 running onto it into the box, but Watson was out quickly to block.
A minute later and Watson was in action again, making a great save to turn a shot from EF9 over the bar. East Fife were having their best spell of the match and EF2 found some space at the edge of the Hearts box from the corner, but her shot was too high.
In 87 minutes Katie Reilly played a fine ball to Carse on the left and she ran into the box, but was halted by Anderson.
With two minutes left, Hutchison headed a Walkingshaw corner just wide of the East Fife goal.
A good win for Hearts with Walkingshaw and Carse the main instigators of the creation of chances and with two goals each. The defence looked strong and Scott looks another good addition, although Georgia Hunter would have been disappointed to be on the bench after some fine performances.
Anderson did a good job marshalling the East Fife defence, who were much improved in the second half and numbers 10 and 17 looked good players.
Full Time: Hearts Ladies 6 East Fife Ladies 0
Hearts: 1 Ashley Watson, 4 Louise Moultray, 6 Megan Paterson (Reilly 59), 8 Hannah Scott, 16 Danni Pagliarulo (Kawana-Waugh 84), 17 Stacey Hutchison, 2 Kirsten Reilly, 9 Kara Kidd (McAvoy 65), 7 Rachel Walkingshaw, 12 Jennifer Dodds (Summers 76), 10 Ashley Carse. Subs: 3 Tiffany Kawana-Waugh, 5 Georgia Hunter, 15 Demi Summers, 18 Katie Reilly, 19 Courtney McAvoy.
East Fife Ladies: 1, 7, 4 (24 39), 2 Liz Anderson, 3, 8 Joanna, 17, 18 Mel (27 79), 6, 10 Lisa, 19 (9 51). Subs: 9, 24 Kerry, 27.
Referee: Fiona Morton