EUHV 2 – 1 HEARTS
A professional performance from EUHV sees the team win three games from three this season against Hearts, a fitting result to end the 2017 season.
It was a positive start for EUHV at Kings Park as both Macleod and Forker had half chances within the first 5 minutes. Both teams struggled to maintain a lot of possession as the pace of the game remained high but it was EUHV with most of the chances in the first half.
It wasn’t until the 37th minute that the visitors broke the deadlock with a ferocious strike by Macleod (sponsored by Forkers Fitness). A strong challege in the middle of the park released the ball to Sturrock who slipped a pass to Durand-Watson who went on to feed Macleod. 1-0 to EUHV!
After a nervous few minutes just before the whistle but EUHV defense stayed strong to head into the break with the lead.
It was straight into the action second half for subsitute goal keeper Parker-Smith who made a fantasic diving save to deny a powerful half volley inside the box. The game then opened up as both teams looked to find the back of the net.
EUHV then doubled their lead on the 75th minute and it was Sturrock again who was instrumental in creating the goal. Her through ball was met calmy by Hume to slot past the oncoming keeper, 2-0.
Unfortunately the lead was diminished to only one goal within 5 minutes of Hume scoring. After calls for offside and an initial save from Parker-Smith Hearts managed to find the back of the net on the 80th minute. Hearts continued to press and were awarded a penalty only 3 minutes later..
The Hearts Captain Paterson stepped up to take it but was denied the equaliser by an unbelievable save. Parker-Smith committed to a dive but somehow managed to move her foot up to stop the ball shooting down the middle of the goal with the rebound then cleared by EUHV defenders.
With only five minutes plus a couple of injury time minutes added on it was a well managed final spell for EUHV to see out the game. Hearts did have one final chance on the stroke of the final whistle but could only shoot wide.
Over all a fantastic effort to see out the season with a victory. 7 wins from the past 8 games is just proof of the effort and commitment from all the players as staff involved. Credit to those who’ve played their part this season. Onto 2018!
EUHV 2 – 1 EAST FIFE
In the penultimate SWPL 2 game of the season EUHV traveled across the bridge to face East Fife at King George V Park. Previous results vs East Fife this season have been a win for EUHV and a draw.
EUHV started strongly and we on the front foot from kick off with Craig managing to get a shot away on the 7th minute. It was EUHV who then capatalised and took the lead on 10 minutes with a lovely through ball from Clark well hit by Sturrock (sponsored by More than Fitness) to sail over the keeper.
EUHV piled on the pressue looking for a second and tremendous work ethic from Hume nearly led to another goal within 20minutes. It wasn’t until the 33rd minute that EUHV doubled the lead. A inch perfect through ball from Murray was met first time by Hume who smashed the ball into the back of the net! HT 2-0 to the visitors.
Into the second half and EUHV struggled get a grasp on the game like the first half and conceeded a freekick in a dangerous area. East Fife delivered well and managed to get a flick on past a diving Parker-Smith. The pace of the game slowed as either team had a few half chances and it should have been 3 for EUHV but Sturrocks shot thundered off the cross bar on the 70 minute mark.
Althought East Fife pushed for an equaliser EUHV did enough to see the game out and ensure the full 3 points came back to Edinburgh.
We also said happy 22nd birthday to player Fiona Boslem, pictured here with players, staff and her birthday cake!
One last SWPL game of the season this Sunday, Hearts away at King Park – Dalkeith, 12 noon kick off – get along to support!
EUHV 3 – 1 FORFAR FARMINGTON
Great Sunday for EUHV as they beat the SWPL League winners in the last game at Peffermill this season.
The final home game for EUHV of the season started openly for both teams but it was the home team that struck first within opening 10 minutes. The Forfar defense struggled to reach Nichola Sturrock’s cross and it fell through to Anna Hume who smashed the ball past a diving keeper.
The lead was close to being doubled only 4 minutes later with a similar phase of play leading to Hume causing confusion between keeper and defender but the EUHV striker couldn’t capitalise as the ball was scrambled away. Farmington had spells of pressure on the EUHV defense but a couple of half chances didn’t trouble goalkeeper Charlene Lessells.
It wasn’t until the 42nd minute the lead was double after fantastic play from Sturrock (sponsored by Grant Macdonald PT) to beat 3 players and slot the ball past the keeper.
Onto the second half and Forfar made multiple substitutions on the 50th minute. Early on both teams were limited to longer ranger effort but a dangerous Forfar cross into the box called Charlotte Parker-Smith to push the cross away from goal mouth danger. EUHV and Forfar were sharing spells of possession but no further goal scoring chances arose until the 75th minute.
Second half substitute Margaux Durand-Watson added the final goal for EUHV, smashing home a cut back from Beth Macleod. A last minute goal from Forfar got them on the scoresheet but a resounding performance from EUHV kept the full 3 points in Edinburgh. The Scottish Building Society SWPL 2 is drawing to a close as we play our final two fixtures away to East Fife (5th Nov) and away to Hearts (12th Nov).