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Written by John Walsh   
Wednesday, 29 March 2017



Fourth-placed Keswick 1sts had to use all their guile to overcome a Kirby Stephen team packed with Rush scores.jpgsome very good young players.

The home team took a while to get going and it was only some good defence from Kelly Leveridge, Sarah Scott, and Emma Harrison, along with goalkeeper Heather Ingram, which kept the score level early on.

One place below them in the table, Kirby Stephen did take the lead, however, through Leah Boustead, one of their youngsters.

This was the catalyst Keswick needed to produce something like the form they are capable of. At last some good running from Amy Rush and Saorise Jennings-Adams in the middle released Eloise Lawler, Amy Walker and Carol Dawson to threaten the Kirby Stephen goal.

It was Rush who drew Keswick level and her determined running in the end proved to be the difference between two evenly matched teams as she scored her second, and ultimately Keswick's winner.

The final couple of minutes were nail-biting for the Keswick team as Kirby Stephen piled forward in search of  the equaliser. Only some good goalkeeping from Heather Ingram and stout defending from the determined Rush kept them at bay.

The Keswick Ladies 2nds travelled down to Ulverston for their penultimate game of the season on a warm, sunny day.Ingram defends.jpg

The hosts capitalised on a slow Keswick start, creating many scoring chances, and with strong hits they took the lead early in the first half with a successive pair of smart finishes from short corners.

Their one touch wide play resulted in pinning Keswick into a very defensive position for much of the first half with only a couple of fast breaks offering the visitors a good sight of the goal.

Half time bought a welcome drink break in the warm weather and after re-grouping Keswick came back stronger as they were able to push further up the pitch.

Keswick's first goal came from Anna McSweeney after a fast breakaway left her to take on the keeper with hardly a team mate or defender in sight.

Shortly after Keswick were pushing forward again and after many saved shots and scrambles for the ball, Becky Semple was first to the rebound and finished in style to cut the deficit.

As the clock wound down Keswick pushed for a third goal to tie the game and were unfortunate to concede a fourth on the counter-attack.

Keswick’s player of the match in the 4-2 defeat was Rachel Armstrong.

Keswick Ladies' 3rds played against Penrith 2nds on Monday in an attempt to secure their place at the top of the league.

The game started with Penrith scoring a quick goal and this immediately fired-up Keswick up as they got themselves on the front foot.

Rachel Kellet worked the ball up the right wing and crossed to Rachel Armstrong in the centre. She found Jasmine Green and her pass into the D saw Rachel Stevenson, making her debut for the 3rds, slip the ball past the Penrith goalkeeper.

A Penrith counter attack was stopped by a strong tackle from Rosie Humpage on the wing which rather made Penrith alter their tactics.

When they attempted to reach the D they were again stopped by Kate Armstrong who was able to clear the ball up to Lucy Andrews. She and Rosie Lawler worked the ball back into the D, where Keswick were awarded a penalty short corner.

Green received the short corner and hit the ball in to the back of the net to give Keswick a 2-1 lead at the break.

Keswick needed a third goal to feel more secure in the lead, especially as their keeper Sam Graham made some great saves to deny the Penrith attack.

Finally they go their goal. Rosie Andrews swiftly cleared the ball out of defence to Pinja Markos on the right wing.

After a sharp square pass to Hannah Rumney, the ball was driven into Penrith's D. where Stevenson notched the crucial third goal and it stayed 3-1 to the finish.

The young player of the match was Rosie Lawler.

PETER BRATLEY took the pictures from the First team's 2-1 win over Kirby Stephen. In the top photo Amy Rush slots home the winner and in the lower picture it's Rush again backing-up keeper Heather Ingram with some gritty last-minute defending.




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