Falkirk took on local neighbours Alloa last week as they continued their preparations for the league beginning on 14th August.  

The Alloa keeper had two saves in the opening five minutes to deny Kirsty McLeod and our trialist striker.

Bethany Adamson was next up with a shot which the keeper turned round the post. From the resultant corner Iona Bridges sent a looping header over the keeper for the first goal on 11 minutes.

This set the tone for the game which was pretty much one way traffic thereafter.

Winger Ellie Roberts twice had shots from the edge of the box that went off target. The keeper rushed out to smother the ball at the feet of McLeod just as she was about to pull the trigger and Adamson had a shot beaten away.

She had more luck in the 27th minute. Bridges, playing in an unfamiliar defensive role to cover absences, drove forward and played a ball which released Adamson to run in on the keeper. The striker made no mistake and Falkirk were 2-0 up.

Adamson could have had another in 45 minutes, but her free kick cannoned off the bar with the keeper beaten.

Falkirk should have been more than two goals up at the break. Coach Craig Tully told them to up the tempo and they came out with a renewed vigour in the second half.

On 58 minutes Eva Rule crossed from the edge of the box and our trialist striker headed home, scoring her third goal in three games of which two were set up by Rule. The forward would go on to have a very productive afternoon.

In the 68th minute Falkirk went four up, with Rule clipping a shot from the edge of the box which found the postage stamp.

Roberts added a fifth in the 70th minute, finding herself free on the left. She drove into the box and placed a show low beyond the keeper for a clinical finish.

Adamson scored her second of the night and Falkirk’s sixth on 74 minutes. She hit a powerful shot from the edge of the box that the keeper initially parried up into the air but couldn’t stop the ball dropping over the line.

Goalscorer turned provided in the 85th minute as Adamson crossed from the edge of the box and Rule found herself with enough time to steer a header beyond the keeper.

Two minutes later the roles were reversed, with Rule becoming the provider as she played a through ball which allowed Adamson to advance on the unprotected keeper. She easily steered the ball past her and into the net. In doing so, Adamson logged the first Falkirk hat-trick of the new season.

This was a very comfortable win for Falkirk. Goalkeeper Sarah-Louise Waugh only had one shot to deal with all night and several of our forwards could have bagged hat-tricks with a little more composure in the front of goal. Sterner tasks lie ahead once the league season begins on the 14th August.

Team: – Sarah-Louise Waugh, Emma Meaney (sub Aimee Duffy), Kirsty McLeod (sub Amy Harkins), Iona Bridges, Aimee Lenathan, Charlotte Holden (sub Hannah Draper), trialist, Zoe Taylor (sub Eva Rule), trialist, Bethany Adamson, Ellie Roberts (sub trialist).

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