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Three For Banchory Girls in Season Opener at Cove

Cove Youth 0

Banchory Girls 3

Abernethy 6, Blackhall 18, Gordine 64
  • Saturday, 02 March 2019
  • Balmoral Stadium, Cove
  • Under 16´s
  • Girls - North U16 League

Banchory Girls U16s got their campaign off to a flying start with a victory over Cove Youth U16s at Balmoral Stadium on Saturday. Goals from Kirsty Abernethy, Eilidh Blackhall and second half strike by Aimee Gordine were enough for Rhoda Cameron's side, in an impressive display.

Both teams started the match with great energy and created some fine early chances. Minutes in, an Aimee Plender corner from the right for the visitors sparked a scramble in the area, with the ball falling favourably for Desiree Glansbeek to hit into a crowd of players, before eventually being cleared to safety. 

At the other end, the first of several strong runs by Cove's Kaitlyn Milne produced a corner for the home team. Out-swinging, the set piece evaded the defence, presenting Grace Goodwin with an opportunity, however her touch escaped her and the chance was lost. 

On six minutes, Banchory took the lead. With space at a premium in the centre of the field, Sky Pirie unlocked the congestion, slipping a nice pass forward fpr Kirsty Abernethy. A question of offside as Abernethy raced through, however play was allowed to continue, and she kept her composure to notch neatly beyond Sophie Bently. 

Five minutes later, Abernethy tested the gloves of Bently again, this time just inside the area, having been played in from the left a right footed snapshot on the turn was well held by Bently.

At the other end, the hosts' Courtney Shirran was playing well, linking together Cove's attacks and looking lively each time they advanced. Her control in midfield meant she'd be at the centre of creating further openings for Milne and Ruby Mason from wide angles. Neither could find the target despite their endeavour.

Midway through the half, Banchory doubled their advantage. This time, the move was instigated by Mollie Jamieson, snuffing out the danger of Cove's Lucy Birrell to win the ball back. Worked through midfield, the ball was lifted into the path of Eilidh Blackhall to chase. Coming together with the last defender, April Taylor, she did well to hold off the challenge, and then crashed the ball high into the net.

Two more chances developed for Banchory in the next ten minutes, and they were both for Charlotte Riach. First, picked out from the left, Riach was unmarked twelve yards out, but pulled the effort wide. Then moments later the ball arrived with her again. Once more, her radar was a little off and the ball skewed away. 

As the period drew to a close, Cove fought hard for a foothold. Kaitlyn Milne called keeper Robyn Anderson into action. The stopper was alert twice to handle two of her dangerous low crosses, the latter a smart take at the foot of her near post. Grace Goodwin fired a final effort wide after her pace took her clear on the left. At 2-0, the teams knew the next goal was crucial, and Cove, to their credit, were doing what they could to keep their hopes alive.

It was, however, Banchory Girls that were in pole position for the points at the break.

  • Half Time:
  • Cove Youth
  • 0-2
  • Banchory Girls

Into the second 35, and more chances, as an encapsulating morning's football picked up where it had left off, with both side's giving full effort. Substitute Aimee Gordine foraged a few yards of space inside the box four minutes after the restart. Her cross-shot was diverted away as the ball rolled across the face of goal, almost finding Kacey Anderson on the charge. 

On 42, a driving run by Banchory's Katie Petrie, herself on as a sub, looked to have parted the Cove defence, but Rebecca Leith was on hand to mop up the danger. 

Building back into the game, Cove were trying to force play forward with some success. With 46 played, Dana Wallace skipped away brilliantly from a pair of challenges to open up the left. Kaitlyn Milne was waiting to take over the attack, as the hosts pressed forward, but despite her speed and skill, she was getting little out of Banchory's resolute backline. 

Next up for Cove, Leah Rennie's first time ball seemed perfectly weighted for Milne, but Robyn Anderson beat her to the bounce. 

With around twenty minutes remaining, we would see a string of chances as the match kept up its exciting rhythm. Milne went one-on-one with Banchory's Elsa Stutter, the latter shadowing Milne's terrifically to stab the ball away. 

Sophie Bently then parried away a Gordine drive as the visitor's countered, before Cove's Lucy Cooper carved a pass through for Milne, who put it inches wide. There was certainly no lack of desire in Cove's response, but the gap remained at two.

To this point though, perhaps the best opportunity would materialise for Kacey Anderson and Banchory. Swift play down the right and the ball was whipped in with venom. Anderson did fantastically well to kill the momentum of the ball, but her left footed shot was flashed beyond the post. The net was waiting to ripple here, but the finish was just short of conviction.

On the hour mark, Eilidh Blackhall had the ball in the net for sure, but it was ruled out for offside, the striker deemed to have been caught just off the shoulder of the defender pushing out. It served as the climax of a trio of previous chances for Katie Petrie, Blackhall and Aimee Gordine, as the visitors sought out a reward for their determination to end the game as a contest. 

And they did just that on 64, as Gordine conjured the time inside the box to measure her shot across Sophie Bently and into the far corner. 3-0 now and the points were secure.

Cove's reaction lead to two good opportunities for Rebecca Leith and Lucy Birrell respectively, but Robyn Anderson's clean sheet stayed in tact.

In truth, it may have been more for Banchory, had Desiree Glansbeek's audacious curler dipped in at the back post, but three goals proved enough of a return in this one.

Cove Youth will go again another day. For Banchory Girls, the result is the perfect curtain-raiser to the new North League season. 

  • Full Time:
  • Cove Youth
  • 0-3
  • Banchory Girls

Lineups

Cove Youth
Banchory Girls
1. Sophie Bently
2. Kaitlyn Milne
3. April Taylor
4. Morgan Brew
5. Lilly Johnstone
6. Rebecca Leith
7. Demi Leigh Rennie
8. Courtney Shirran
10. Grace Goodwin
11. Ruby McBain
12. Lucy Birrell
14. Leah Rennie
15. Elidh Brodie
16. Lucy Cooper
17. Ruby Mason
18. Robyn Jeffery
20. Lira Valerja
21. Dana Wallace
1. Robyn Anderson
4. Mollie Jamieson
6. Aimee Plender
7. Sky Pirie
9. Kacey Anderson
10. Katie Petrie
11. Kirsty Abernethy
12. Tanzi Russell
14. Elsa Stutter
16. Desiree Glansbeek
17. Charlotte Riach
18. Aimee Gordine
19. Eilidh Blackhall
20. Kaylee Mitchell
21. Anna Marr
23. Bethany Stutter
Star Player
Cove Youth
Banchory Girls
Kaitlyn Milne - looked a real threat down the wings for Cove and probably deserved some reward for her workrate
Eilidh Blackhall - just one of a few standouts for Banchory. Will be a player to watch this season.
Magic Moment
Cove Youth
Banchory Girls
Lucy Cooper's terrific pass to set Milne away, and she went close.
Eilidh Blackhall scoring Banchory's second. The result of teamwork, winning the ball back in midfield, and the finish was wonderful, high into the goal.
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