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Musselburgh Windsor Girls claim victory against their counter parts Bonnyrigg Rose

Musselburgh Windsor Girls 9

Archibald (2, 15, 21,58, 62), Taylor (10,57), Tweed (17), Mills (49)

Bonnyrigg Rose Girls 0

  • Saturday, 21 February 2015
  • Pinkie Playing Fields
  • Under 15´s
  • Pre-Season Friendly
Musselburgh Windsor came out on top with a convincing 9-0 win against Bonnyrigg Rose in this pre-season friendly played at Pinkie on what was a rather chilly morning.
The home side scored through Erin Archibald who claimed five, a double for Ellie Taylor with Leah Tweed and Lauren Mills claiming one apiece.
The visitors got the game underway and had no time to settle as they found themselves falling behind in just two minutes when Erin (Archie) Archibald dispossessed the Bonnyrigg player and drove into the box before firing home from six yards.
Musselburgh were on the attack again after the restart when Ellie Taylor picked up the ball on the right and cut inside but her advance was halted by a super tackle from Rebbecca Caulkwell.
The Musselburgh team looked the stronger from the start and Leah Tweed found Archie in the box but Courtney McDonald in the home goal produced a good save to palm the ball away from the danger area.
The home side doubled their lead on the 10th minute when Taylor picked the ball up and drove in from the right side of the box and blasted past McDonald who did get a hand to it but could not keep it out.
Five minutes later Archie had the ball in the Bonnyrigg net again to collect her second of the game on 15 minutes when she came in from the right and found the far corner.
Bonnyrigg did venture forward and Lori Brownwright was unlucky at the back post when Iona Sommerville just managed to clear the ball before she could get her shot away.
Musselburgh increased their lead two minutes after scoring their third when Tweed found the left hand corner of the visitors net with her finish.
Bonnyrigg where working hard but found the pace of the Musselburgh front players who looked dangerous every time they went forward but they did test Rebecca McCabe in the home goal when a free kick played in was met by Natasha Selkirk at the back post but McCabe saved well but she came close again minutes later when her shot went just past the far post.
Archie produced a great individual goal to complete her hat-trick on 21 minutes when she nipped in to nick the ball after the Bonnyrigg players indecision and ran in on goal from halfway in the opposition half to fire low in the centre of the goal which saw McDonald get something on it but again she could not divert the ball away from her goal.
Bonnyrigg kept plugging away and Aimee Dillworth found Natasha Selkirk with a good ball in from the right but her goal bound shot was blocked then Dillworth and Natasha Selkirk showed good combination play down the right.
Amber Brunton played in a corner from the left for the home side but the ball was missed by everyone and harmlessly went out for a goal kick.
Bonnyrigg were sitting deeper and deeper and were inviting the opposition onto them and needed to defend further up the park although Nicole Selkirk showed her defensive qualities when she shepherd the ball back to her keeper from another Musselburgh attack.
Musselburgh forced a trio of corners on the left but good defending from Ruth Gorman, Nicole Selkirk and Natalie Hastie made sure they did not concede anything.
Into the final minutes of the half and it was all hands to the pump for Bonnyrigg and Nicole Selkirk cleared the danger time and time again to stop Musselburgh increasing their lead before half time.
  • Half Time:
  • Musselburgh Windsor Girls
  • 5-0
  • Bonnyrigg Rose Girls
Musselburgh got the game underway after the interval and Nicole Selkirk was called upon again from the outset to show her defensive quality.
The visitors started brightly in the second half and Natasha Selkirk came close to reducing the deficit after she drove in on goal but MCabe done well to stand big and strong to save her shot from eight yards out then Natasha Selkirk was involved again minutes later but she was closed down before she could get her shot away.
Bonnyrigg were certainly competing now and were being strong in the tackle and shutting the opposition down which they were lacking in the first half and this showed when Brigham won the ball and played a great ball into Natasha Selkirk who set of down the wing and then cut inside and from 12 yards out she put her shot across the keeper but it went just past the far post.
It was a very even game at this stage and Hastie played a through ball for Natasha Selkirk but it was just over hit and went out for a Musselburgh goal kick.
Slightly against the run of play the home side increased their lead on 49 minutes when Archie found Taylor on the right and when she played the ball into the box Archie stepped aside to let Lauren Mills fire home from five yards out.
Tweed broke forward for Musselburgh but Rebecca Caulkwell produced a good tackle to halt her in her stride then Nicole Selkirk covered a lot of ground to come across to clear a ball before any Mussleburgh players could reach it.
Taylor was alert to rob Abbie Nicholson of the ball but her shot was deflected for a corner off Johnstone. The resulting corner from the right was played in by Archie but Mills just could not react quick enough when the ball bounced just in front of her eight yards out.
Musselburgh were starting to get the upper hand and Johnstone stung McDonald's palms with her shot which she could only parry out but Caulkwell was on hand to clear.
Archie was visibly annoyed with herself when she totally miss-kicked her effort for the visitors after being played in by Taylor then McDonald saved well from Mills after she was found in the box by Erin MacKenzie.
Two quick goals from the East coast side within a minute certainly knocked the stuffing out the visitors when firstly Taylor found herself in space in the box to blast home on 57 minutes then the impressive Archie picked up the ball on the left and found the far corner to score her fourth of the game on 58 minutes.
Tweed then found Taylor for the home side but the rock at the back for Bonnyrigg in the shape of Nicole Selkirk was on hand once again to win the ball and break up the attack.
Taylor and Archie who had been showing good understanding through out the game for Musselburgh combined to produce the next goal of the game on 62 min when Taylor played a good ball into the box to find Archie at the back post and from two yards out she make no mistake to tap home for her fifth goal of the game.
It was pretty much the home side pushing forward in the latter stages of the game and Tweed showed good control to evade two tackles as she made her way into the box but Nicole Selkirk was on hand again as with so many times before to clear the danger.
Bonnyrigg did have one more venture up field when Dillworth played in a great cross for Megan Nicholson but she was deemed off side by the referee.
The last chance of the game fell to the home side when Archie went looking for number six of the game for herself but her 20 yard drive was taken comfortably by McDonald and the game came to an end.
A good game in which both sides worked hard but the fact that the Musselburgh Girls team are going into their second season playing 11 aside football whilst this will be Bonnyriggs first season at 11 aside after playing 7 aside last season was clear to see.
  • Full Time:
  • Musselburgh Windsor Girls
  • 9-0
  • Bonnyrigg Rose Girls


Musselburgh Windsor Girls
Bonnyrigg Rose Girls
1. Rebecca McCabe
2. Ria Ellison
3. Rachel Smith
4. Ellie Meechan
5. Courtney Cummings
6. Iona Somerville
7. Leah Tweed
8. Erin MacKenzie
9. Amber Brunton
10. Ellie Taylor
11. Mel Kane
12. Erin Archibald
14. Rebecca Addie
15. Abby Houliston
16. Taylor Clark
17. Chloe Johnstone
18. Erin Lindsay
19. Amy Fairbairn
20. Lauren Mills
1. Courtney McDonald
2. Chloie Ferguson
3. Rebecca Caulkwell
4. Natasha Selkirk
5. Nicole Selkirk
6. Erin Brigham
7. Keira Laing
8. Ruth Gorman
9. Katie Thomson
10. Aimee Dillworth
11. Hazel George
12. Natalie Hastie
16. Megan Johnston
17. Abbie Nicholson
Star Player
Musselburgh Windsor Girls
Bonnyrigg Rose Girls
Erin (Archie ) Archibald - A real talent with an eye for goal as shown with her goal tally today but also showed good team work trying to set up team mates in a better position. Scoring five goals in a game is no mean feat and this player could have had more.
Nicole Selkirk - All teams need a good strong centre back and this is the case with this player. She cleared the danger time and time again with good defensive tackles and clearances.
Magic Moment
Musselburgh Windsor Girls
Bonnyrigg Rose Girls
Erin (Archie) Archibalds five goals.
Courtney Mcdonald's save in the first half from Archie which she palmed.
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