Match Reports :-

Aberdeen v Glasgow City - Women's Premier League - Sunday 12th. August 2007

 Aberdeen FC Ladies 0 v Glasgow City Ladies 6

Dons Downed in Opener

Aberdeen kicked off the 07/08 season in the Premier League with a tough match against last season’s runners up, Glasgow City. The visitors pushed from the start, winger Lindner posting an early warning on the left shooting just wide. Aberdeen replied via Stirling who found herself on her own only to put the shot over the bar.

City opened the scoring in 7 minutes, Jane Ross charging through from midfield, Scott tried a sliding tackle but ROSS held on to the ball before striking low into the net. The Dons pressed forward, Stirling forcing their first corner which was played in long by Corsie to Taylor at who headed wide.

Glasgow continued to be the more attacking side making the Dons defence work hard aided by Murray tailing back to assist. City’s Lindner was a constant danger first breaking forward onto a pass but young keeper Chatham was sharp off her line to clear. Lindner again broke through before Scott tracked over to ease the ball away to smother the attack.

Aberdeen forced their way back into the game, Stirling the target for long passes forward and Martin working hard to close down defenders. A City foul earned the home side a free kick 40 yards out, aimed at Stirling’s head she connected but could only knock it back towards the middle where City’s experienced defence mopped up.

A devastating 12 minute spell from the visitors sealed the game, their well drilled midfield flooding forward as a unit feeding a pass to SNEDDON who fired into the net on 24 minutes. Then from a throw the hard working Dons defence scrambled the ball clear to the feet of Leanne ROSS 30 yards out. She had time to tee up before sending a soaring shot high into the goal 2 minutes later.

On 28 minutes a free kick 10 yards into their own half earned City their 4th, directed long to LITTLEJOHN in the box on the right and despite a challenge from Taylor she hit the net.

Aberdeen’s Under 19 Scotland midfielder, Corsie, took a heavy knock and unable to continue was replaced by Hunter in centre mid with Fitzpatrick moving to the wide position.

The final goal of the half was on 36 minutes, a shot from the right was blocked by Chatham but LINDNER was poaching to pick up the loose ball and make no mistake from the 6 yard box.

The home side had a clear chance as a poor clearance from Glasgow keeper Livingstone fell to Stirling; she strode forward and with Martin clear on the left elected to shoot pulling off a fine block from the City stopper.

Half Time Aberdeen 0 – Glasgow City 5

The second half saw Aberdeen replace midfielder Rachel Gauld replaced by Nada Djahansouzi up front and Martin back in left midfield.

First chance came to the Dons with a long free kick delivered to Stirling who turned and volleyed but over the bar. City then forced a corner off Scott which was sent in long and nodded down Chatham saving it on the ground. City threatened again via Lindner, losing her marker then striding forward and hitting the crossbar but Taylor was on hand to collect the rebound and clear.

The West coast side continued to use the left for attacks with some good passing moves but the defence stood firm in the last 18 yards. Eventually LINDNER’s persistence paid off as she collected a pass, took a couple of paces forward before sidestepping inside, bagging her brace with a low, hard shot into the net 19 minutes into the half.

Aberdeen replied back up the right with a teasing diagonal pass towards the back post just too long for Martin and Djahansouzi to reach. Another ball forward on the left for the visitors now to Littlejohn who had swapped with Lindner, Small did enough to pressure her and Hamill cleared the pass forward. Littlejohn again on the left, this time she found space but fired over the bar.

No luck for home side with a free kick squandered, sent high over the bar then reduced to 10 players for the last few minutes with Fitzpatrick injured. Glasgow didn’t let up forcing a clearance off the line from Small and a high save from Chatham before the final whistle brought the pressure to an end.

Aberdeen Team

Alana Chatham, Rachel Small, Rachel Hamill, Jenni Taylor, Paula Scott, Rachel Gauld, (Nada Djahansouzi), Susan Murray (Sabrina Alexander), Chloe Fitzpatrick, Rachel Corsie (Emma Hunter), Melissa Stirling, Claire Martin.

DaveU, 13 August 2007


City top table on day one

Glasgow City got the new season off to the best possible start with an impressive 6-0 away win to Aberdeen today (Sunday).

Striker Jane Ross started the goal rush after she expertly collected an excellent diagonal pass from Jayne Sommerville, just inside the box, before coolly slotting past the Dons keeper into the bottom corner.

Next on the score sheet was Megan Sneddon, who gathered the ball 22 yards out and hit a well placed shot into the back of the net. It was a driven and controlled strike from the Scottish internationalist who is looking impressive even at this early stage of the season.

Not to be outdone by her team mate, Leanne Ross was next to try her luck from outside the box as she finished off another good City move with an unstoppable shot which flew into the Aberdeen net.

Under 19 internationalist Ruesha Littlejohn made it 4-0 with a close range finish before Katharina Lindner hit number five after cutting inside her player and unleashing a great strike into the bottom corner of the net from just inside the penalty box..

5-0 at half time.

The second half once again saw City dominate, but with a little less fluency than they had in the first half. Katharina Lindner scored her second goal of the game to make it 6-0, but could have had a hat trick after hitting over the bar from 6 yards out as she stretched to reach a cross ball from substitute Emma Fernon. Lindner also hit the post and Ruesha Littlejohn squandered a good chance inside the penalty area after taking a little too long to put her shot away.

6-0 was a great opening day result for City and with a number of top players injured, including full back Kirsty McNicol and new signings Leanne Crichton and Suzanne Malone, City have a lot of quality still to come into the team, much to the delight of Manager Peter Caulfield.

He said, “We were without a number of important individuals today who add an incredible depth of quality to our squad. I am delighted with the result, but most importantly with the way the team played, particularly in the first half. I had a glimpse of our real ability a few weeks ago in Manchester and today I saw that in the League game. However, this is only day one and we have a long, long way to go. Hopefully we will get the injured players back sooner rather than later to really increase competition for places. Then we will see how good we really can play.