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Spartans and Murieston United Girls serve up a cracker

Spartans Whites Girls 4

Delworth 5, Cunningham 23, Dodds (pen) 49, Young (o.g) 58

Muireston United Girls 3

Barrie 15, 26, 30
  • Saturday, 28 February 2015
  • Spartans Academy
  • 15's Girls
  • Pre-Season Friendly
Spartans came out on top when they defeated Murieston United 4-3 in a cracking game on a sunny late winters afternoon at Spartans Academy.
Goals from Claire Delworth and Danielle Cunningham were accompanied by a penalty from Emily Dodds and a unfortunate own goal by Chloe Young for the home side with Katie Barrie claiming a hat-trick for the visitors.
Anyone who think's girls football is not entertaining and skilful should have attended this game as both teams showed that girls football has come on leaps and bounds in the last few years and is really worth a watch.
Murieston United got the game underway and it was the visitors who came close to opening the scoring in the first minute when Katie Barrie drove in on goal and fired a shot just wide of the left hand post from 16 yards out.
Five minutes in and Claire Delworth picked up the ball on the left and drove into the box, rounded Chloe Young in the visitors goal and slotted home to put the home side in front.
It was Murieston who went on the attack again and it was Rachel Hegarty who picked up the ball and got a shot away which went narrowly wide of the right hand post from 15 yards out.
The home side were awarded a free kick midway inside Muriestons half and Hayley-Ann Crook floated a ball in but Alisha Little could not get the ball from under her feet to get her shot away before Nicole Lind cleared the danger. The home side came close on 10 minutes when Delworth shot just over the bar from 25 yards.
Murieston got level on 15 minutes when they won a corner on the left and Taylor Hogg played in a fantastic ball which was met by the head of Barrie to power home from close range.
Both teams were playing good passing and expansive football whilst showing good defensive abilities when required and looked very evenly matched.
Barrie looked dangerous for the visitors every time she was on the ball and this was again the case when she drove in from the left but her weak shot went wide of the left upright.
There was a great attacker versus defender battle developing between Muriestons Barrie and Spartans Georgia Adderley which looked interesting.
It was pretty much end to end stuff and the home side pushed forward with Delworth but Lind defended well to win the ball. Murieston then went on the attack when Shannyn Masterson went on a great run down the left but her cross in was claimed by Amelia Mapson in the Spartans goal.
Muriestons Erin Turner met the ball on the half volley 18 yards out after the ball was crossed in from the right but she could not generate enough power to trouble Mapson.
The Ainslie Park girls then hit the front again on 23 minutes when they broke quickly and Emily Dodds played in Danielle Cunningham in the box and she spun on a sixpence and fired a rocket of a shot past the helpless Young.
The home sides lead did not last long when three minutes later Barrie latched onto a superb through ball by Hogg and from 16 yards out placed the ball to the keepers right to get back on level terms.
Spartans went right back on the attack from the restart and Dodds had a couple of half chances but put her first effort wide of the left upright them she won a corner after he shot deflected of Emma Picken for a corner.
The resulting corner was whipped in with pace by Dodds from the left and it hit off Alicjaa Wilks who nothing much about it and Murieston cleared the danger.
In to the last five minutes and the impressive Barrie scored a great individual goal when she picked up the ball on the left and ran in on goal and calmly slipped the ball past Mapson to give the visitors the lead on the half hour.
A ball into the Spartans box looked to be non eventful but Mapson lost the ball as she went to catch it but Adderley was on hand to blast the ball upfield to clear any danger. Murieston then pushed forward again with Barrie looking for another goal but she came up against a wall off Spartans shirts and ended up being crowded out.
Into added on time and Wilks floated a nice ball into the visitors box but unfortunately no one had made the run for her and Young collected then Young had to be alert when a Spartans free kick was played in but the visitors keeper done well to turn the ball behind for a corner. The corner was whipped in but Adderley headed clear and that was the last action of an enthralling and entertaining half.
  • Half Time:
  • Spartans Whites Girls
  • 2-3
  • Muireston United Girls
Spartans got the second half underway after the interval but it was Murieston who started the better and Hogg shot wide of the right hand post in the opening minute then from 25 yards out she tried to lob Mapson but the keeper plucked the ball out of the air.
The home sides Joanne Boyle produced a great tackle to halt Masterson in her track's as she drove in on goal.
Barrie drove down the right and tried to find Masterson but the ball was to long for her but the Spartans player cleared the ball behind for a corner. Hogg played in the corner from the left and when Adderley and Delworth left the ball to one another there was a great chance for a Murieston player to step in but no one did and the ball was cleared.
The ever busy Barrie was then next to set up a chance for the visitors when she played in Ashleigh Malcolm but Mapson was out quickly to gather before the Murieston player could reach the ball.
Then it was Spartans who tested Young in the home goal who saved well with her feet from Emma Allison's shot. This was followed up when Adderley found Cunningham and from four yards out Young made herself big and saved well.
Hogg should have been asking questions of her team mates when she burst down the left side and crossed in a super ball across the face of the Spartans goal but there was no one there to take advantage.
The game was being played at a lovely tempo and both teams were playing very well, happy to pass the ball around.
The home side were given a great opportunity to get back on level terms when they were awarded a penalty on the 48th minute when Lind was deemed to have fouled Delworth in the box although it looked a bit soft. But that was no concern to Dodds who stepped up and and fired a low shot to the keepers right to level the game at 3-3.
Two minutes later and the ref was pointing to the spot again but in favour of Murieston this time when Barrie was pushed in the back and went down in the box. The initial contact looked just outside the box but the ref gave the spot kick which Hogg, who had played so well, took responsibility but her spot kick came of the outside of the keeper right hand post and behind for a goal kick.
Barrie was up for it and it took a great tackle from Spartans Taylor Barnes to halt her progress at the expense of a corner The resulting corner from the left was played in by Hogg and it was Barrie again causing problems in the box who was only inches away from heading home.
Teams want players with a good engine and Barrie looked like she was turbo charged when she powered in on goal but unfortunately failed to hit the target 12 yards out when she put her shot wide.
You did not have time to draw a breath in this game and it was Aicha Keita who was of on a run for the home side this time and her ball into the box from the right side came of the far post and hit off Young in the Murieston goal. With the ball heading goal wards Young reacted quickly and leapt on the ball but the referee who was well off the play blew for a goal deeming the ball had crossed the line.
Murieston did not let their heads go down and went back on the attack again and ball in from Hogg saw Crook get a touch on the ball but just not enough to trouble Mapson.
Spartans went on the hunt for another and Adderley who had moved into the midfield in the second half played in a good ball for Keita but Taylor Mcllhone was on hand to clear then Cunningham found Little whose cross was deflected away from goal by Young with her feet.
This game had been back and forth all game and there was no change in the closing stages and Muriestons Stacey Peel went on a great individual run down the right but her shot was blocked and deflected for a corner. The resulting corner was played in by Hogg which Karla Jackman got a slight touch on but Spartans cleared.
Murieston came close to getting back on level terms with two minutes to go when Crook found Kerry McRobb in the middle of the Spartans box four yards out but the ball got stuck under her feet and she just could not react quick enough to get a shot away.
The referee brought the game to an end with a loud shrill of his whistle.
A fantastic game of football which produced everything, goal, saves, penalties, goal mouth incidents but most importantly some great football.
  • Full Time:
  • Spartans Whites Girls
  • 4-3
  • Muireston United Girls


Spartans Whites Girls
Muireston United Girls
1. Amelia Mapson
2. Jade McGinty
3. Emma Allison
4. Aicha Keita
5. Georgia Adderley
6. Emily Dodds
7. Joanne Boyle
8. Alisha Little
9. Zoe Hume
10. Flavia Forbes
11. Donna Douglas
13. Lexie Barnes
14. Alicjaa Wilks
15. Claire Delworth
20. Danielle Cunningham
21. Ava Harrison
22. Taylor Barnes
1. Chloe Young
3. Lauren Healy
4. Taylor Hogg
5. Erin Turner
6. Nicole Lind
7. Hayley-Ann Crook
10. Kerry McRobb
11. Shannyn Masterson
12. Karla Jackman
14. Rachel Hegarty
15. Katie Barrie
17. Ashleigh Malcolm
22. Emma Picken
25. Taylor McIlhone
26. Stacey Peel
Star Player
Spartans Whites Girls
Muireston United Girls
Georgia Adderley - Superb at the back, made challenge after challenge, clearance after clearance but also showed great versatility when she moved into midfield.
Katie Barrie - A hat-trick scored and could have been more. A strong forward who looked dangerous every time she got on the ball.
Magic Moment
Spartans Whites Girls
Muireston United Girls
Danielle Cunninghams super strike.
Taylor Hoggs great ball into the box but unfortunately no one was there to take advantage.
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