Dumfries men edge closer to promotion

Glasgow Uni 3s 0, Dumfries 5

With their game called of at the last minute, Dumfries were awarded a 5-0 victory.

This result leaves the men taking a step closer to promotion to Division 1. The Dumfries squad make the long journey to to Greenock this weekend to face the hosts 2nd XI.

With only one team able to deny them this, they face three “must win” games starting this weekend.

Dumfries Ladies 1s 1, Greenock 2

Dumfries Ladies 1st XI hosted Greenock on Saturday, a side who have recorded an impressive winning streak recently.

Dumfries had key players missing and, despite controlling possession in the first half, struggled to capitalise on.

Poor defensive decisions saw Dumfries give away a string of penalty corners and attacking opportunities. Keeper Ally McCubbin provided some crucial saves in the first half, but still went down 1-0 before the break.

Dumfries’s only goal came from a neat spell of passing early in the second half. Philippa Benson, who had a strong game on the right wing, found Emma Miller in the middle. Miller passed the ball into Naomi Cowan, who expertly finished from top D.

Greenock reacted well to the leveller and continued to put pressure on the Dumfries back line, resulting in another goal. The home side left feeling depleted after a game that was meant to be a straightforward win. Goalkeeper Ally was awarded player of the match by the opposition after another busy game.

The ladies 1st XI finish their 2014 season with matches away on Saturday and Sunday to Western Wildcats and East Kilbride respectively. A top four finish is still possible.

MC Clydesdale 7s 0, Dumfries 2s 2

Dumfries travelled to Glasgow and the result was another success for Dumfries 2nds who showed fine skill, speed and grit to win 2-0.

Clydesdale settled quickly and with no game last week it took time to start Dumfries’s triumphant flow. However, Angie Beattie popped a wonderful goal from the top of the D after Beth Sloan’s pinpoint accuracy from a penalty corner.

At the other end, the solid defence of Maz, Anne, Sue and goalkeeper Georgia meant Clydesdale struggled for opportunities on goal.

The second goal came from great work at the goalmouth where Angie took a stray shot and Catherine managed to get it from the back post and onto a magnificent goal from Beth.

Kirsty Balfour was rewarded for an outstanding game – distributing the ball up front and dropping into defence when the pressure was on – by taking player of the match.