Vale provide tough test for East Fife ladies

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EAST Fife WFC would face their toughest friendly of their pre-season fixtures as they took on Hutchie Vale from the Premier League.

Hutchie Vale are an established side in the premier league and brought a squad more than double the size of the Fife squad.

The Fifers started brightly and shocked the premier league outfit by going a goal ahead.

A Reilly shot was well saved by the Hutchie keeper, resulting in a corner.

Kirsty Graham whipped in a fantastic keeper with Anderson rising well to header over the keeper, after an intial block, Anderson was then followed up and fired home with a right footed shot from two yards out.

The young Fife side looked comfortable for the first 20 minutes, with the Fife back line limiting Hutchie to longer range efforts.

On 20 minutes, however Hutchie got the goal their build-up play deserved after good passing in midfield and releasing their striker one-on-one with Hamilton in the Fife net.

Five minutes after the equaliser, the Edinburgh side went ahead, again after good play wide on the right released the striker one-on-one with Hamilton, who was beaten by a fierce shot.

Hutchie Vale were clinical in front of goal and went futher ahead after Reilly was caught too high, exposing Pattison at left back, who could do nothing to stop the winger from playing the ball across goal and to the feet of their unmarked striker.

Vale made it 4-1 just before half time with a fantastic effort from the edge of the box.

The Fifers came out with a renewed confidence after half time and again had a good go at the Hutchie goal.

Skivington was through on goal, and opted to shoot rather than square the ball to Reilly.

East Fife looked more assured in defence and were keeping their shape better, and lost only one more goal in the second half after releasing their left winger, who played an inch perfect pass across goal to the striker, who made no mistake in finishing.

Player-manager Liz Anderson said: “This was always going to be a tough test, but we can take many more positives from the match than negatives.

“We competed well in the match and for the first 20 minutes looked like we could make a real game of it.

“We had spells where we looked like a premier league side. The main differences between the two sides were fitness, speed of play, decision making and how clinical Hutchie were in front of goal.

“These are all things that we can work on, and I am proud that my players were up to taking on a challenge like this. We are not far off being able to compete at this kind of level.”

Next Sunday, the Fifers will face their final pre-season friendly at King George V Park in Leven against Glasgow Girls before kicking of their season proper with a home derby against Dunfermline in the League Cup.