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.