Bonnyrigg Rose came out on top in a tight encounter with a 2-1 win against Boroughmuir Thistle at a very wind swept Lasswade High School.
A goal in each half from Amber Scotland was enough for the Midlothian team to progress into the next round of the League Cup with Robin Gallacher scoring the only reply for the visitors.
Boroughmuir started the brighter of the two sides and Kaitlin Rees showed good intent down the left side but her ball into the box was cleared then a minute later Caitlin Shaw tried to find Kate Alexander on the right with a clever through ball but the strong wind carried the ball out of play.
The home side struggle to get the ball into the opposition half in the opening stages of the game but Amber Scotland took the lead and produced a good cross into the box after a good burst down the left side but Amy Lickley in the visitors goal came and collected.
The gusty, swirling wind was really affecting the game and this was no more evident when Robin Gallacher played a ball into the box and the wind held it up in the air for what seemed an eternity. Both keepers were being really tested with balls in due to the conditions but Megane Steel did well to keep her eye on the ball and put it behind for a corner.
Laurie Hendry then tried her luck from distance but her wind assisted drive went wide of the right hand post. Kaitlin Rees then was involved in a foot race with Steel in the home goal but the keeper won the race just in time to clear the danger. Boroughmuir had certainly edged the opening 10 minutes with Bonnyrigg struggling to settle and get their game going, although the home side had defended well to restrict Boroughmuir to shots from around the 18 yard box.
Bonnyrigg did start to show a little more intent when Aimee Russell crossed in from the right but the ball was cleared, Eilidh Morris then had a shot saved by Lickley. Amber Scotland showed good reactions when she latched onto a poor pass in the midfield from the Boroughmuir player, cut inside of the right side to fire a low shot from the edge of the box which Lickley got down well to save. More importantly Lickley held onto the ball as Russell was on hand to tap home anything spilled from the keeper.
The visitors had a great chance on the 18th minute to open the scoring when Katie Almond whipped a ball in across the front of Bonnyrigg goal but somehow Hannah Barclay in the centre of the six yard box , failed to make any contact and the chance was gone.
Almond was involved again in the visitors next move when she showed great feet to skip past the Bonnyrigg player in the box but Charley Paterson did well to come across and put behind for a corner before Almond could get her shot away. The resulting corner was whipped in by Almond from the right and hit Steel in the home goal which she knew nothing about and with the ball bouncing about the box Danielle Manson took control and cleared the danger.
The opening goal came on 22 minutes and it came the way of the home side and was probably slightly against the run of play at the time but Bonnyrigg were not worrying about that fact. A super through ball from Bethany Simpson was taken in her stride by Scotland who showed great foot work to nip round Lickley and slot the ball home from 12 yards out.
Boroughmuir thought that they had got back on level terms a minute later when Almond hit a shot from 20 yards out which Steel could only parry into the air and behind her. With the ball looking like it was going to make its way over the goal line, Steel reacted quickly to dive on the ball before that could happen. A bit of controversy ensued as the visitors claimed loudly that the ball had gone over the line but the ref deemed that was not the case.
Olivia Preston had scored twice in Bonnyriggs last game directly from the corner kick and she came so close to making it a hat-trick when she whipped in a tremendous in swinging corner but a goal line clearance stopped her achieving the feat again.
Thirty minutes gone and the game was more even now and Gallacher produced a good snap shot whilst under severe pressure from India Laing that just flew over the bar for the visitors. Laings close attentions were probably just enough to make Gallacher hit the shot quicker than she would have wanted to but she still did well to get her shot away.
The visitors won a corner on the right which was floated in by Almond and met by Marley Logan just a few yards out from the Bonnyrigg goal which was blocked by one of the many bodies in the six yard box. After a bit of a melee the ball fell to Logan again no more than a yard out and she must have thought that she had got the visitors on level terms with five minutes to go but Steel in the Bonnyrigg goal had different ideas.
Steel produced a unbelievable reaction save from point blank range to put the ball onto the bar and over. The resulting corner was played in by Shaw but Scotland headed clear for the home side. When you talk about wonder saves at any level of football, this was up their with the best of them and you would be hard pushed to a better save for the rest of the season.
The referee brought the first half to an end and Boroughmuir may have felt a little aggrieved going into the interval a goal down based on the play in the first 40 minutes.