AFC Women Report | Dons Make It Three Games Unbeaten With Well Earned Point
Aberdeen earned a point on the road and extend their unbeaten run to three games as they drew 0-0 with Spartans at Ainslie Park. The game was a scrappy affair at times with a strong wind not helping the players of both sides as they points were shared.
There was one change to the Dons line‐up that started last week’s game against Hamilton at the Balmoral Stadium. Bailley Collins came back in to the midfield in place of Natasha Bruce who had to be content with a place on the bench.
The Dons were playing into the wind in the first half and there was cagey start by both sides to the game. The first attempt on goal of the game went to the visitors when Donna Paterson gave away a foul on the left around 25 yards out. Alana Marshall took the kick but it was straight at Gail Gilmour in the Aberdeen goal.
The visitors then threatened or the first time when a clever ball over the defence by Louise Brown found Johan Fraser but the winger just couldn’t gather under pressure from a Spartans defender. The hosts almost took the lead after 15 minutes. Rebecca Galbraith got in between the Aberdeen centre‐halves and fired in a shot which brought a fine save out of Gilmour.
Good chances were few and far between with Marshall and Rosie McQuillan both trying their luck from distance without troubling Gilmour. At the other end a dangerous looking Loren Campbell freekick from the found no takers in the Spartans penalty box.
Gilmour again made a good stop when she tipped over McQuillan’s effort from the edge of the box. Aberdeen’s best chance of the half came just after the thirty‐minute mark. Bailley Collins’ free‐kick from the left was played into the area and as the hosts tried to clear, the ball broke to Eva Thomson on the edge of the box. The midfielder’s low shot found its way through a crowd of players and into the arms of Rachel Harrison.
Spartans were looking the more likely side to break the deadlock and Gilmour was twice called into action in the latter stages of the half. McQuillan raced onto a flick on and fired a shot in at the near post which the Aberdeen keeper dealt with well. Ronaigh Douglas then brought a superb diving save out of the 17‐year‐old keeper as the sides went in even at the break.
HT SPARTANS 0 ABERDEEN 0
The second period was, in truth, every bit as scrappy as the first. Galbraith was the first to attempt a shot at goal as he fired straight at Gilmour after being set up by McQuillan.
Aberdeen came within inches of taking the lead just after the hour. Collins sent in the ball from the right and it again broke to Thomson who flashed a first time shot just wide of the left‐hand post. The visitors could’ve taken the lead again just minutes later.
Substitute Lauren Gordon linked up well with Thomson and as the Dons got to the edge of the box Jessica Broadrick was played in but fired her shot over the crossbar from the centre of goal. That would prove to be the visitor’s best chances as the scrappy nature of the game continued.
A good run down the right by Thomson saw her exchange passes with Gordon before firing in a front post shot which was saved by Harrison. At the other end Marshall’s free‐kick was deflected and Gilmour did well at the feet of Lisa Ryan who tried to get the rebound.
Both sides had chances to nick all three points in the final few minutes of the match. Chloe Gover, on as a second half substitute, went close with a near post corner which almost sneaked in. Gordon then hit a powerful shot on the turn from the edge of the box which Harrison held on to.
At the other end Galbraith went through on goal and Gilmour did brilliantly to stop her shot when the striker looked certain to score, Paterson cleared the danger. There was still time at the death for Gilmour to make yet another stop, this time a more routine save from Galbraith as the game ended goalless.
FT SPARTANS 0 ABERDEEN 0
Gail GILMOUR: “I think the conditions didn’t help the game at all, the wind made it something of a scrappy game. We missed a couple of chances in the game but we maybe didn’t create as much as we would’ve liked. I’m glad to get another clean sheet and I want to keep that consistency of performance going. I’m happy with the clean sheet although would obviously be happier with a win. It’s good for the team’s confidence that we’ve got three clean sheets in a row. I think we were more dominant towards the end of the game and it’s just unfortunate that we couldn’t get that winning goal”.