Deeside Girls lose out

After being unable to field a team in the League Cup the previous week Deeside were back to full strength as they entertained Aberdeen FC Ladies Youth at a sunny but windy Tillybrake.

It was clear early on that this was going to be a very tough game against one of the top sides in the league but Deeside looked in determined mood.

The defence of Kay Beaton, Erin Morrison and Joanne MacWilliam dealt with anything the visitors could throw at them in the early stages. The three girls were helped out in the wide areas by wingbacks Rachel Siswick and Catherine Thomson tracking back whenever Aberdeen pressed forward.

Aberdeen were forced to resort to some long range shooting as the half wore on with Deeside keeper Rosie Charles more than up to the task.

Deeside came into the game as the first half progressed with Megan Taylor having more and more of an influence in the centre of midfield.

Whilst Brogan Murray and Aimee Birss looked to anchor the midfield, Megan provided the forward drive in the centre and picked out a pass to Aysha Hutcheon who moved into the Aberdeen box before being thwarted at the last minute.

As the half was coming to a close the Aberdeen centre forward caught Kay Beaton on the ankle with a nasty challenge which meant a debut in the centre of defence for Jenny Townsend.

Deeside started the second half strongly as centre forward Rachel Henderson, stepping up from the U15s, showed good skills before getting a shot away that went just wide. Another girl stepping up from the U15s was sub Georgia Wisely who had replaced Siswick on the right.

Within 10 minutes of the half things got even better for Deeside when good work on the left between Thomson and Taylor resulted in a chance for Megan Taylor that she calmly put past the Aberdeen goalkeeper to put the home side 1-0 up.

Deeside had introduced Rebekah Ross to the centre of midfield now as well and she did well to get a tackle in as Aberdeen looked to break forward.

Whilst Deeside were now pushing forward when the opportunity arose they had to be careful as Aberdeen were able to break quickly from defence.

It was a ball from deep that allowed the pacey centre forward to out run the Deeside defence before rifling home a shot past the helpless Charles midway through the half.

At 1-1 this was still looking like a good result for Deeside but Rosie Charles was called into action soon after to deny the centre forward once again with an excellent point blank save.

Catherine Thomson had an effort which looked destined for the bottom corner but was well saved by the Aberdeen keeper.

Deeside were dealt a blow when Joanne MacWilliam had to be carried off injured after she was fouled by the Aberdeen centre forward.

Deeside were cruelly denied a point with less than five minutes to go when a long ball through left the centre forward in a one-on-one chase with Erin Morrison who appeared to have done enough to hold off the attacker but a strong snap shot from the Aberdeen player was only parried into the bottom corner by the Deeside keeper and Aberdeen had the lead.

Deeside pressed for the equaliser in the final minutes with Megan Taylor pressing her team forward but it was not to be.

Deeside: Rosie Charles, Joanne MacWilliam, Erin Morrison, Kay Beaton, Aimee Birss, Megan Taylor, Brogan Murray, Rachel Siswick, Catherine Thomson, Rachel Henderson, Aysha Hutcheon. Subs: Rebekah Ross, Georgia Wisley, Jenny Townsend.