Liberton Ladies continue perfect start to the season

Facing sweltering heat in the backdrop of the famous Arthur’s Seat, you’d be forgiven for thinking you were staring into a picturesque postcard. In reality, the only thing being sent was Liberton Ladies, straight to second in the table, behind Livingston.

In a hard fought 12 a side game, Liberton had just enough to get over the line and continue their unbeaten return to the competitive campaign. Read on to find out how it went down:

An early flurry of tries

With Dunfermline fielding a starting 12, Liberton were asked to player match, giving them one substitute for the game. It was further agreed with the referee that each half would be cut to 30 minutes, taking into account the depleted numbers.

Despite a second consecutive week of sweltering heat, energy levels were seemingly unaffected as we saw an early flurry of tries from both sides. Liberton struck first with a well worked try from Paula Fargas, after a smart break away and a lovely little pop from teammate Rachel Smith to get over right in the corner. (5-0 unconverted).

Photo credit - Susan Shanks

Striking in quick succession, the home team stunned their opponents with a second try, seeing Rachel fly over the line to rapturous applause from a bumper home crowd. (10-0 unconverted).

Unable to turn the screw further, Dunfermline grew into the game and came back mid-way through the first half with a powerful attacking move, getting over the line and letting the crowd know that they were here to play. (10-5 unconverted).

Unwilling to be shaken by a Dunfermline team that was stirring to life, Liberton fronted up and hit a third try just before the end of the half, which saw Suzie Munro breaking down the right, leaving the defensive line in the dust to score directly under the posts. Rounding off an excellent attack, kicking duties fell to Rachel who was able to expertly slot the ball between the posts to further increase the home teams lead (17-5).

Photo credit - Susan Shanks

A game of two halves

After a huge attacking effort in the first half, Liberton fell victim to a couple of unanswered tries from a reinvigorated Dunfermline team who showed incredible fight to get themselves back into this one, taking the score to within two (17-15 unconverted).

Midway through the second half, disaster struck as Liberton were left reeling when prop Leanne took a freshly pumped ball to the face, later earning her a well-earned Dick of the Day nomination, a few free pints (which were swiftly downed) and a lip filler procedure that Pete Burns would have been proud of. Leanne’s gain was Libby’s loss though as she also earned a long stretch on the sidelines, putting her out of the game.

Photo credit - Susan Shanks

Back to the action and simply unable to let their foot off the gas, Liberton Ladies were again terrorising their opponents try line, with Charlotte snaking through the defensive line to pirouette past her opponent like she wasn’t there and slamming the ball down to increase the score, prompting a Mexican wave around about a third of one side of the pitch. (22-15 unconverted).

Credit to Dunfermline, they dusted themselves down and went again, scoring a fourth try late into the game and again closing the gap to two points. As with last week, this one could have certainly gone the other way were it not for some fantastic last-ditch defending by Liberton deep into their own half, fighting right until the final whistle.

An exciting game of rugby, played in the right spirit, Liberton Ladies roar on to face Kirkcaldy away next week at 2pm.

Final score – Liberton 22 – Dunfermline 20

Try scorers – Paula Fargas, Rachel Smith, Suzie Munro and Charlotte Watters

Conversions – Rachel Smith x1

Player of the match – Rachel Smith

Dick of the day – Leanne Omar

Most improved – Rosa Kerr

Opposition nominated PoM - Leanne Omar

Team Captain – Victoria Fenton

Team Vice – Hayley Ross

Photo credit - Susan Shanks

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