Hearts left broken by East Fife Ladies

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EAST Fife continued their pre-season fixtures with a tricky home tie against national second division champions, Hearts.

In driving wind and rain, the game started well with nice passing football from both teams, but with the wind behind them, the Fifers dominated the whole of the first half, restricting Hearts to no goal scoring opportunities.

After fine play through midfield, Skivington played an inch-perfect pass to Reilly, who with a defender tight to her shifted the ball and 
shot a low left footer beyond the ‘keeper.

East Fife almost doubled their advantage after Anderson played Skivington through one on one with the keeper but her right-footed shot hit the post and spun wide.

Ten minutes later Skivington made it 2-0 after latching onto a clearance from Anderson, composing herself before curling a right-footed shot high in to the net.

The Fifers should have gone in with a five-goal advantage, but left the pitch at half time 2-0 up.

Hearts made a number of substitutions and with the wind now behind them started the half brightly.

They pulled a goal back in the 65th minute after a good run and ball in to the box by the Hearts winger was misjudged by Hamilton and was nodded home, into the 
unguarded net.

The Fifers had further chances that they failed to take and were punished in the 77th minute when a long ball carried straight through the middle of the Fife defence, with the pacey Hearts striker finishing well.

The Fifers went on the hunt for a winner and thought they had it in the 85th minute when Reilly floated a great ball in and with the ‘keeper out of the game, and two Fife players waiting to nod the ball home, Skivington headed over.

Skivington redeemed herself in the final minute after a corner found her at the back post, and although her left-footed shot produced a wonderful save she was on hand to blast home the rebound.

Player-coach Anderson said: “We are looking good in these fixtures and we cannot wait to get the season underway.

“I was pleased to see the second team also in action beforehand drawing 5-5, with Leigh Broadhurst scoring the equaliser in the 88th minute. We do still need to add to this squad, so any interested women should get in touch.”