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Comfortable win for Bayside in League Cup

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Dunfermline Girls
 vs
Bayside Girls
 
 
 
13's East Region SWF League Cup
Queen Anne Pitch
24 March 2014
 
 
 
Team - 1: Alicia Yates, 2; Jodie Fletcher, 7; Caitlyn Wilson, 6; Grace Dewar, 10; Carys Allan, 5; Lauren Smith, 14; Ellie Gillan 4; Rachael Bryson, 8; Emma Petrie 
 
It has only been two weeks since the sides last met in the season curtain opener, with Dunfermline expected eager to prove they had licked their wounds and up for a battle. 
 
This Dunfermline side are a new side, with little experience and like any team in this situation will have a tough time settling down and competing with experienced sides.
 
Bayside were able to field a full team for the first time this season, with Gillan back from injury and Petrie also available after missing the Dunfermline game.
 
The Queen Anne pitch was similar to how Pitreavie was a fortnight ago, soggy and slippery.  The game kicked off with an early pass from one sky blue to another trundling through a puddle spraying water as it did. 
 
Dunfermline looked and sounded much more determined than they did during the sides last meeting and were much more direct, their coach clearly with the right ideas. It took over 20 minutes for the last game to see a goal, but that was not going to be repeated today. With just 2 minutes played, Dewar worked hard to find Gillan on the left who ran through 2 oncoming Dunfermline players to shoot for Goal. Her shot rebounded back to her, and her follow up was cooly slid in off the bottom of the left post.
 
Bayside were working well all over the pitch with Allan playing beyond her years while the ever reliable Wilson absorbed pressure alongside a determined looking Fletcher. After a few near misses, mostly from Smith and Gillan, Bayside were 2 nil up. Allan heard a shout, pivoted on a ball she picked up in midfield, and played a lovely through ball for Smith to score.
 
Captain Wilson an example of the girls determination when she bulldozed through 3 Dunfermline defenders to see her shot hit the post. Coaches decided to take advantage of this by rotating the team and using subs well. Smith made way for Bryson and Wilson for Petrie with 17 minutes played. Allan was loving her role in the middle of the pitch as a 10 year old female answer to Steven Gerrard, and it was Allan who was involved in most of the midfield play at this stage. After trying a shot from distance which the keeper saved, Allan received a lay off from Dewar seconds later presenting a chance to score. Allan finished well, low into the bottom corner from distance.
 
Straight after this, the impressive Dewar chipped in with 2 goals back to back as the game approached half time, with a looping lob for her first and a tap in from a Bryson ball across goal for her second. This was deserved reward for her performance.
 
Bayside continued to threaten. Keeper Yates was not called to make a save until the 23rd minute following 2 Dunfermline Corners. 
 
Gillan and Bryson were working well together, and their effort was rewarded with the 6th Goal. Bryson played to Ellie, who shot but it rebounded into the path of Bryson who shot from distance.
 
Smith and Wilson returned at half time, with Fletcher and Gillan making way for them.
 
As soon as the game was underway, Bayside showed signs of stepping up a gear from the first half. Dunfermline were simply not coping, and the bayside girls were now gliding through the game. 
 
With just a minute and a half of the second half gone, Bryson drove well up the right, played a through ball to Smith who rode the challenge well in anticipation of the oncoming keeper before comically stumbling the ball past the keeper and into the gaping net.
 
Only another minute later, Smith drove up the right after intercepting a loose ball and calmly fired a shot into the top right corner. More positive play and near misses followed, before Petrie cleverly intercepted and ran straight through to score low into bottom left. Moments later, Smith stole the ball off the Dunfermline defence to score with ease.
 
Next up Bryson ran freely up the right cutting in diagonally with the keeper to tap the ball through the keepers legs to score. Dunfermlines impressive 14 then popped up to see if Yates was still awake by forcing her to make a brilliant save in a rare 1 v 1.
 
The games opening goalscorer and natural centre forward Gillan then added to Dunfermlines woes when she confidently ran through to slot past the deflated keeper. 
 
The scoring ended towards the end of the game, when Smith picked up a pass on the edge of the area to pivot quickly and wrong foot her marker so she could roll her shot in past the keeper.
 
In a 4 team group with only 2 places available for the next round, Bayside needed to go for goals to ensure healthy Goal Difference. They certainly got that today, and it is hoped that any confidence lost in the last 3 games has been restored.
 
The girls remain in Dunfermline next week as Dundee United come for League Cup game 2! The sides met in pre season, and they will definitely test the Bayside girls much more than todays opposition.
 
 
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