Photo: Shonagh Smith

Women’s Football Kicks Off to a Stunning Start

Shonagh Smith walks us through the Saints’ recent victory.

The St Andrews Women’s Football 3s enjoyed a triumphant 7-0 victory on Wednesday over Queen Margaret University. A tough and competitive last semester had dropped the Saints to seventh out of eighth place in the BUCS standings – not an encouraging start. Ready to prove their worth and capture a win, the 3s showed up in Edinburgh determined to make a comeback in their first match of the semester.

Despite missing several key players, including captain and goalie Francesca Hampton, the Saints put on a fantastic show on Queen Margaret’s home turf. Odds turned in the Saints’ favour early on with a speedy goal by striker Riley Cey. Thanks to the Saints’ unshakeable defence, including vice captain Faye Brennan who stepped in last minute to play goalie, Queen Margaret managed only a couple of shots on goal in the first half. On the other hand, Cey proved herself to be the woman of the match, scoring a hat trick for the 3s in the first half alone.

Photo: Shonagh Smith

Each of Cey’s consecutive goals bolstered the Saints’ confidence further, raising their gameplay to an unprecedented standard this season. Although Queen Margaret proved their power behind the ball, they just couldn’t match the Saints’ speed and quick passing. The first half ended with a terrific header goal by midfielder Beatriz Quintero, scored on a corner kick. 

Despite the second half starting on a high note for the 3s, Queen Margaret held a strong defensive line, forcing the offsides whistle on the Saints strikers countless times before Cey eventually scored her fourth goal. Soon after, several impressive breakthroughs on the wings resulted in a cross and a beautiful goal from midfielder Mary Hunter. The rest of the second half saw a handful of missed shots from both teams, until Riley Cey topped off the match with a lucky seventh goal just seconds before the final whistle.

Overall, a great result and a promising start for the St Andrews Women’s 3s, who will face off against both Edinburgh and City of Glasgow this February on their home pitch.

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