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Intermittent downpours were never going to be enough to dampen the spirits at the Aberdeen Sports Village as Aberdeen and Deveronvale came together in the North Region GFL 15's cup final.
The less than ideal conditions caused problems for the girls as they did battle with the elements as well as each other, with the slippy surface creating difficulties all over the park.
Aberdeen started strongly, doing their best to move the ball about fluidly despite the damp surface, worrying the Vale defence with technical attacking play. The Deveronvale defence was stretched on numerous occasions, with Aberdeen notably winning a free kick just outside the corner of the box. Kim Brodie’s brilliant ball across goal escaped all the defenders but luckily for the Banff girls Rebecca Flaherty in goals managed to gather the ball.
Deveronvale winger Marshall managed to shock the Aberdeen ladies as she broke down the right wing with breakneck speed before lifting the ball over the Dons keeper with an audacious strike from an area where a cross would appear more likely, making it 1-0 to Vale.
Despite this the Reds were quick to react and claw back one of their own. A period of high pressure culminated in a corner for the Dons, where Holly Stewart picked out Megan Reid who headed in the equaliser.
Aberdeen started the second half again looking the more dominant side, controlling the majority of possession.
The Vale keeper was tested several times by the Dons’ attacking force; particularly a powerful strike from Kim Brodie that everyone expected to hit the back of the net.
After this sustained period of dominance Aberdeen started to tire and Deveronvale took control of the match with chances falling the way of McAllan and Johnstone. However, they were unable to get the better of McMillan in the Dons net.
The match progressed to extra time and with the first half passing by without a goal, it looked as though penalty kicks may be required. However, with time running out Sophie Palmer was fouled inside the box. Kirstie Gordon stepped up and slotted home the spot kick, much to the delight of the Deveronvale players and fans.
The closing stages fizzled out and Vale celebrated retaining the prestigious trophy.
Full Time: Deveronvale Girls 2-1 Aberdeen FCL Youth