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.