Fresh from winning up at Elgin, Stonehaven U-15 Girls knew that this season’s unbeaten league champions would be a much harder task and so it proved.
Beaten but not disgraced, Stonehaven were shown how to make extra fitness and game awareness count by the slick Dons side.
Aberdeen didn’t have it all their own way and indeed after a deflected goal gave them a lead on the 20th minute, Stoney could have levelled when Kennedy raced clear only for her shot to be pulled wide.
At that stage the Stoney midfield of Townsend, Smith and Grundy, supported by Laing, was causing Aberdeen some problems but despite a number of half chances Stoney’s final ball was letting them down.
Evans, Christie and Mackay were battling hard to keep Aberdeen at bay with sweeper Kelly again clearing danger regularly and keeper Imray stopping a couple of Aberdeen chances. As ever, Porter and Kennedy’s speed was beginning to cause some problems for Aberdeen however a ‘series of unfortunate events’ led to the Dons gaining a winning lead late in the first half.
Kelly was unfortunate to slice a cross into her own net, an intended cross flew into the net and then the Dons broke through with quick breaks to end the game as a contest.
The second half was relatively low key with neither side creating much in the way of chances until late on.
Tench had come on and her effort, and that of newcomer Spence, was typical of an increased tempo from Stoney as they strived to break down Aberdeen.
Indeed, on more than one occasion she had to play as sweeper to stop Stoney getting through but Aberdeen could have been further ahead but for an excellent save from Imray in a one on one with the forward.
Defensively, Kelly and Smith were everywhere but that wasn’t enough as tired legs led to Aberdeen snatching some late goals to lead to a deserved if slightly flattering win.
Indeed, late on some driving runs from Grundy and Townsend had forced Aberdeen into some desperate defending.
Stonehaven’s young side will learn from this game against one of Scotland’s top teams and next season should see them improve now that they are gaining invaluable experience.
Squad - Danielle Imray, Sophie Evans, Erin Christie, Sarah Kelly, Heather Mackay , Katy Townsend (cpt), Emily Grundy, Daisy Smith, Ann Laing, Lisa Porter, Aria Kennedy, Amy Tench, Libby Spence
Magic Moment - Imray’s point blank save
Player of match - Grundy gave her best all round display in a Stonehaven shirt.