Deeside Girls battle for win

Deeside travelled to Forfar looking to build on the away win to Moray in their previous game.

Both teams and coaches had to contend with incessant heavy rain, whilst the spectators took advantage of Farmington’s well-appointed pavilion and club house.

Playing up a slight slope, Deeside started brightly and pressed Forfar from the off, putting the home team under pressure. Taylor was the first to try her luck, shooting wide after a good run in 3 minutes, then after a slick passing move, Lownie was sent through and lifted her shot over the on rushing keeper, only to see the ball strike the base of the post.

The same player had three further strikes in the space of the next 10 minutes, which were well saved by the Forfar keeper, who displayed excellent handling in the difficult conditions.

In the 20th minute, after being sent through by Reid after good build up play by Taylor, Smart then blazed over the bar from 16 yards out.

While Forfar were causing no real threat, they were attempting to out muscle Deeside and were guilty of several late challenges, which caused the break up of play and any rhythm to the game.

Murray was sent on to offer some additional physical presence, alongside Taylor, which allowed her to go on and dominate the centre of the park.

Deeside continued to push for goal, however were finding the Forfar keeper a formidable obstacle, as she saved well from Reid and the luckless Lownie.

With half time fast approaching, Taylor again picked up the scraps in midfield and played the ball to Lownie, Murray making a great run from deep, called for the early pass, which she collected in her stride before calmly stroking the ball over the keeper and into the net. It was a goal of beauty, from a player not renowned for her subtlety, which perhaps accounted for the exuberant celebrations.

While there had been a dip in their standards in the 2nd half of their previous match, there was no such let up this time as Deeside continued to press their opponents.

Smart and Thomson both tested the keeper in the early stages, whilst Taylor & Murray, stamped their authority in the centre of the park.

Lownie continued to make great runs in behind the Forfar defence and shot wide of the near post.

Smart then shot from distance on which was comfortably taken by the keeper, while Dinnie also shot wide minute later.

Despite the conditions, Deeside kept going with some great attacking play, as the team was well marshalled by captain for the day, L Wilkie, who was ably supported in defence by the stubborn Ritchie and athletic Morrison.

Having taken a knock in the 1st half, Reid returned to the fray for the steady R Wilkie and was instrumental in sending Murray through in a 50-50 with the Forfar keeper, who came charging off her line. Murray was more than up for the challenge, however the keeper did just enough to prevent her scoring her 2nd goal, while taking a sore one for her efforts.

With time running out, Forfar forced a corner following their only meaningful attack of the 2nd half. There was to be no sting in the tail, as the corner was struck straight out, as the referee blew the final whistle.

This was a first class team performance by Deeside who totally dominated the match and thoroughly deserved the win against a team who had no real effort on goal of any note, and had their keeper to thank with a very assured display as she kept Deeside at bay on numerous occasions.

Deeside: Ross, Ritchie, L Wilkie, Morrison, M Taylor, Smart, Dinnie, Lownie, Thomson, Reid, R Wilkie, Murray.