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Bonnyrigg Rose defeat Boroughmuir Thistle in a tight affair

Bonnyrigg Rose Girls 2

Scotland 22, 74

Boroughmuir Thistle Girls 1

Gallacher 71
  • Sunday, 08 March 2015
  • Lasswade High School
  • Under 17´s
  • League Cup
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.
  • Half Time:
  • Bonnyrigg Rose Girls
  • 1-0
  • Boroughmuir Thistle Girls
The second half got underway with the most noticeable change was the introduction of Katie Moody in the Boroughmuir goal.
Bonnyrigg were first to have a attempt at goal when Morris tried her luck from distance but her ambitious effort went well wide of the right hand post, Scotland must have though that she could do better when she tried her luck far out but it did not trouble Moody in the visitors goal. Moody then reacted well to come out to smother the ball at the edge of her box as Amie Niven closed in.
Boroughmuirs Bethan Rees should great determination and pace as she drove from her own half but found herself crowded out on the edge of the box by a mass of black and red shirts. Boroughmuir were on the attack again when Amy Watson slipped the ball into Alexander but Gemma McOwen read the situation brilliantly and came across to clear the ball. The ball looked to be going out but the strong wind had kept the ball in play and Gallacher reacted quickest to the situation but her shot was blocked.
The visitors won a corner through the impressive Almond after a good run down the right and she took the short corner to Watson who played it back to her to square the ball to Grace Fowlie whose shot came through a number of bodies but Steel took comfortably as much of the pace had been taken of the shot before it reached her.
A ball into the box by Hendry for Boroughmuir came of team mate Gallacher when she just stuck out a hopeful leg and deflected the ball into the arms of a grateful Steel as the ball could have easily found its way into the Bonnyrigg goal.
A good move for the home side initiated by Manson found Aimee Dilworth who played the ball back to her, she then played a square ball to Scotland on the edge of the 18 yard box who could off got a shot away but decided to square the ball to Morris but by this time the opportunity had gone to get a shot on goal.
It was end to end now and the visitors pushed down the right with Alexander but her cross into the box was headed clear by McOwen and then the home side pushed forward and won a corner on the right side. The corner was played in and after a bit of a mad scramble in the box McOwen who had just defended so well at the other end found herself six yards out from goal but she put her shot over the bar.
Bonnyriggs Morris went on a great run and found Dilworth who saw her shot saved by Moodie who knocked the ball out to her left, Dilworth pounced on the ball and fired a great ball across the front of the Boroughmuir goal and with no takers the ball went out of play.
The wind was horrendous and this was emphasised when Kaitlin Rees ball into the box was blown away from the goal and down field.
Bonnyrigg came close to extending their lead on 66 minutes when Russell produced a vicious low drive which left Moodie rooted to the spot but it agonisingly crept inches past the left hand post. The visitors then came close when Gallacher found Niamh Lennie in the box but she did not get the contact she would have wished and Steel collected comfortably.
Boroughmuir got themselves back into the game on 71 minutes when they were awarded a free kick 27 yards out. Almond took responsibility and she played the ball in which was held up in the wind. The ball dropped down and Steel unfortunately miss-judged her catch and it deflected of her feet and Gallacher on hand for the visitors to blast home from six yards.
Boroughmuir were only back on level terms for three minutes before Bonnyrigg got their noses in front again. A long hopeful ball played forward resulted in another foot race, this time between Shaw for the visitors and the home sides Scotland. Shaw had the head start and was favourite to win the ball but Scotland showed great pace and strength to muscle Shaw of the ball and from the right side of the box she fired across the keeper finding the far corner with a very composed finish.
The closing stages of the game saw Boroughmuir pushing forward to try and get the equaliser and Bonnyrigg showed resolute defending and with the visitors pushing forward this meant they were susceptible to the counter attack. This was nearly the case into added on time when Scotland had a great opportunity to claim her hat-trick when she found herself one on one against Moodie. Scotland decided to take the shot early from 20 yards out but Moodie saved comfortably to bring the game to an end.
The wind ruined the game as a spectacle but both teams played good football in spells and gave 100% for their team. The only thing that really separated the teams in this tight affair was that Bonnyrigg showed a little bit more physicality and strength in their play and on the day that proved the difference.


  • Full Time:
  • Bonnyrigg Rose Girls
  • 2-1
  • Boroughmuir Thistle Girls


Bonnyrigg Rose Girls
Boroughmuir Thistle Girls
1. Megane Steel
2. Aimee Dilworth
4. Danielle Manson
5. Bethany Simpson
6. Gaby Wright
7. India Laing
8. Olivia Preston
9. Eilidh Morris
10. Amber Scotland
11. Gemma McOwen
12. Charley Paterson
15. Aimee Russell
17. Natalie Wilson
19. Aimee Niven
21. Ruth Gorman
1. Amy Lickley
2. Kaitlin Rees
3. Robin Gallacher
4. Ciera Keenan
5. Katie Almond
6. Amy Watson
7. Niamh Lennie
8. Kate Alexander
10. Marley Logan
11. Emily Edmunds
12. Laurie Hendry
14. Bethan Rees
16. Hannah Barclay
17. Grace Fowler
18. Caitlin Shaw
20. Katie Moodie (GK)
Star Player
Bonnyrigg Rose Girls
Boroughmuir Thistle Girls
Amber Scotland - Scored twice and played well through out the game and always looked threatening when she was on the ball.
Katie Almond - Strolled through the game and looked so comfortable on the ball. A very creative player with great vision while on the ball.
Magic Moment
Bonnyrigg Rose Girls
Boroughmuir Thistle Girls
Megane Steels point blank save to turn the ball onto the bar on 35 minutes. Will be hard pushed to find a better save the rest of the season.
Robin Gallachers second half equaliser as it got her team right back into the game at that stage.
Club Views
Bonnyrigg Rose Girls
Boroughmuir Thistle Girls
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