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Raith Rovers too hot to handle for plucky Bonnyrigg Rose

Bonnyrigg Rose FC 0

Raith Rovers FC 6

Dinnel 1,8,44, 56, McGowan 14, Aitken 69
  • Sunday, 29 March 2015
  • Lasswade High School
  • 17's Girls
  • Caroline Weir League
Bonnyrigg Rose found themselves up against a very good Raith Rovers side in this league encounter at Lasswade High School.
 
Goals from Kerri Dinnel (4), Rebecca McGowan and Sophie Aitken settled this game without reply from Bonnyrigg Rose for a comfortable 6-0 away win for the Kircaldy club.
 
The heavy rain thankfully halted just before Bonnyrigg got the game underway but they lost possession straight from the kick off and paid the ultimate price. A ball in from the left side was not cleared by Charley Paterson in the box and Kerri Dinnel took full advantage and slotted home with only a minute on the clock.
 
Rebecca McGowan then tried her luck from 18 yards out when Leila Strachan played the ball inside to her she shifted the ball onto to her right foot but her shot was straight at Megane Steel in the home goal. Steel was called into action again moments later when she produced a good save to deny Michaela McLachlan when she got on the end of a ball in from Tiegan Clark on the right.
 
Bonnyriggs Amber Scotland showed great determination when she picked up the ball on the left, drove into the box but was challenged before she could get a shot away.
 
The visitors doubled their advantage on eight minutes after McLachlan bombed down the left and played a great ball in which gave Dinnel who had timed her run perfectly into the box an easy finish to claim Raiths and her second goal of the game. Raith should have scored again a minute later when again the same combination of a ball in from the left by McLachlan set up Dinnel at the far post but she failed to hit the target this time from close range.
 
Raith had the Bonnyrigg players chasing shadows with their one, two touch football and movement off the ball and this proved fruitful again on the quarter hour mark. The Kirkcaldy team were awarded a free kick which Clark took and rattled of the under side of the bar for McGowan who had followed the ball in to blast home for number three.
 
Bonnyriggs Natasha Selkirk was always looking to get free up front for the home side and she nearly did when a long ball forward just zipped off the 3g surface and through to Chloe Miller in Raiths goal. Scotland then came closest to getting something for Bonnyrigg when she burst into the box but had to rush her shot with pressure from the Raith centre back she put her effort just wide.
 
Apart from the very occasional flurry forward by the home side the ball was only going in one direction and that was towards the home goal with Bonnyrigg struggling to get out of their half. The two central midfield players for Raith, Chloe Carter and McGowan seemed to have telepathic ability at times as their understanding of each other and their combination play was fantastic to watch.
 
A poor miss kick from keeper Miller caused by good pressure from Natasha Selkirk saw the Bonnyrigg striker pick the ball but unfortunately she put her shot into the side netting.
 
Steel at the other end reacted quickly when she spilled a fierce drive from Dinnel but the Bonnyrigg keeper dived on the loose ball before Raith could take advantage. A great attempt from Captain Carter on the half hour mark saw her curl a shot from 18 yards out on the left but her audacious effort went just wide of the right hand upright.
 
Bonnyrigg had Steel to thank for not falling further behind when she produced a top quality save from Clarks effort to put the ball behind for a The home keeper had to show good handling when she collected Emma Sommervilles ball into the box with Dinnel ready to punish any mistake.
 
Raith went looking for another goal before the break and when Clark squared the ball to Strachan it looked like it might have arrived but she put her shot just over the bar, then a cheeky wee flick into the box by Clark set up Dinnel but she was denied when Steel produced another top save. Clark was involved again and had the the final chance of the half for the visitors after Strachan became provider this time but she put her shot wide from 20 yards.
 
The home side had done well to prevent the visitors scoring any more goal since the 15th minute and this was due to good goal keeping and defending especially from India Laing, Aimee Dilworth and Gaby Wright.
  • Half Time:
  • Bonnyrigg Rose FC
  • 0-3
  • Raith Rovers FC
Raith Rovers got the second half underway after the half time interval and were right back on the attack. A ball in from Sommerville was met by Dinnel but she put her shot wide. Dinnel looking for her hat-trick was not to wait to much longer when on 44 minutes she claimed it in style when she hit a spectacular shot from 25 yards out which flew over the helpless Steel and in. Bonnyrigg cries of off side were ignored although it looked like Dinnel may have indeed gone a fraction early but that takes nothing away from the fine finish.
 
Bonnyriggs Dilworth was very unfortunate not to pull one back minutes later for the home side after she hit a great strike just wide of the far post
 
The visitors from Fife were straight back on the front foot and Steel did well to put a Dinnal drive over the bar and then deny Clark when she deflected her shot behind for a corner. The corner was whipped in by Sophie Aitken but Bonnyrigg cleared the danger. Aitken then came close when she got on the end of Sommervilles ball in but failed to hit the target from six yards out.
 
Natasha Selkirk was working hard as in the first half and she forced Miller into a good stop then minutes later won her team a free kick in a central position. Paterson stepped up and hit a good free kick but it sailed over the bar.
 
Steel was called into action again when she had to get down low to stop Clarks driven ball into the box reaching its intended target. Then a great reverse ball by Clark set up Sommerville in the box but she shot wide of the right hand post.
 
The visitors increased their lead on 56 minutes and you have to feel sorry for Steel in the home goal after she produced a terrific one handed save to prevent Clark scoring but Dinnel was on hand to put the follow up shot into the empty net to claim her fourth goal of the game.
 
Bonnyrigg could have easily let the heads go down but that is not in their nature and they were nearly gifted a goal on 61 minutes when a poor goal kick went straight to Lauryn Hynd but her shot was straight at Miller in the goal.
 
The home side had been caught napping at some set plays and were nearly caught out again when Dinnel played a short corner out to Hynd who whipped the ball in but again the impressive Steel plucked the ball from the air. They were a bit more alert when Wright done well to read the play to come across and clear the danger and done well again to deny McLachlan and Dinnel from getting a shot away.
 
Bonnyriggs Dilworth put good pressure on McGowan to force a corner which was played in by Olivia Preston but it was to long and went out of play.
 
Steel as with so many times in the game already showed her worth again when she pulled of another top notch and probably her best save of the game when she denied McLachlan from 10 yards out after a great shot by the Raith player. She then followed this up with a good save low down from Sommervilles shot after good build up play from the midfield maestros, Carter and McGowen.
 
Raith won a corner on the right through Aitken on the right and Sommerville whizzed in the corner, the ball was not cleared and Aitken took full advantage and fired home low into the right hand corner on 69 minutes to make it a half dozen for the Kirkcaldy side.
 
Raith were not finished there and and wanted more. Sommerville shot over the bar, then Steel produced a fine double save firstly from McLauchlans initial shot then quickly reacted to thwart Clark who on her performance probably deserved a goal for all her hard work. She had certainly come close on numerous occasions but Steel was not feeling in a giving mood.
 
Sometimes in football you have to put your hands up and say that you were beaten by the better team. That certainly was the case today Bonnyrigg Rose who one their day are a very good side. Raith Rovers looked a class above with several really talented individuals in the team and they gave their Bonnyrigg counterparts a bit of a footballing lesson.
  • Full Time:
  • Bonnyrigg Rose FC
  • 0-6
  • Raith Rovers FC

Lineups

Bonnyrigg Rose FC
Raith Rovers FC
1. Megane Steel
2. Aimee Dilworth
3. Amber Scotland
4. Danielle Manson
5. Bethany Simpson
6. Gaby Wright
7. India Laing
8. Olivia Preston
9. Rebecca Cawkwell
10. Nicole Selkirk
11. Gemma McCowen
12. Charley Patterson
14. Natasha Selkirk
15. Aimee Russell
17. Natalie Wilson
19. Amie Niven
21. Ruth Gorman
1. Chloe Miller
2. Emma Sommerville
3. Lauryn Hynd
4. Sophie Aitken
17. Nicole Carter
19. Rebecca McGowan
39. Niamh Irvine
47. Demi Louise Paton
49. Michaela McLachlan
57. Tiegan Clark
67. Tyler Rattray
77. Jordan Greig
79. Kerri Dinnel
87. Leila Strachan
Star Player
Bonnyrigg Rose FC
Raith Rovers FC
Megane Steel - A goalkeeper gets star player after conceding six goal? Yes indeed. A great performance between the sticks from a brave and talented player which saw her produce countless top quality saves especially in the second half to keep the score line (in the nicest way) respectable.
Rebecca McGowan - A very hard decision but she gets the nod just ahead of her fellow central midfielder. A great all round performance which saw her control the centre of midfield all game but also push forward supporting her front players and she got her reward for this with a goal.
Magic Moment
Bonnyrigg Rose FC
Raith Rovers FC
This belongs to the team as when you are three down after 14 minutes things look bleak but the players dug deep and did not concede anymore goals for the remainder of the first half.
The combination play between the two central midfielders, Rebecca McGowan and Nicole Carter was as though they were telepathic at times.
  • Match report and photos copyright Youth Football Scotland.
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