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Spartans defeat Bonnyrigg Rose in tight encounter

Spartans FC 2

Simpson 1' Douglas 76'

Bonnyrigg Rose FC 0

  • Friday, 01 May 2015
  • Arboretum
  • 17's Girls
  • Caroline Weir League

Spartans FC secured all three points in the Caroline Weir league against Bonnyrigg Rose on a cold night at the Arboretum. A goal in each half from Ellie Simpson and Ronaigh Douglas respectively was enough to claim victory in what was a very even game.

The match got underway with Spartans kicking off and with less than a minute on the clock, Ellie Simpson had the home side in front as she fired home from six yards out. Magane Steel in the Bonnyrigg goal did get a touch on the shot but could not keep it out the net.

The visitors nearly found themselves two behind on eight minutes but Steel pulled off a great point blank save to turn the ball behind. The resulting corner was taken by Ronaigh Douglas who drove the ball low into the near post area, but it was cleared by Bonnyrigg.

Spartans next opportunity came when a good move involving Jessica Christina Murphy and Lucy McLuckie found Douglas who drove to the by line. A good cut back set up goal scorer Simpson but Steel was on hand again to pull off a good save and deny her claiming her second of the game.

After the shock of loosing the early goal Bonnyrigg had settled into the game and it was more even now with both teams creating chances and playing some nice football. 

It was end to end stuff, but it was Spartans' turn to push forward. Kayley Robinson picked up the ball on the right and put her cross-come shot wide of the near post. Minutes later she went on another good run and played a super ball through for Murphy but her advancement was halted when the ref blew for offside.

The midfield was becoming a real battle with both teams scrapping to take control. Some great tackling from both sides was also on show. Russell's advance down the right was halted by a super tackle from the home sides Coreen Grant. The visitors then showed their defensive ability after Morris put in a great tackle to halt Niamh Henderson.

Bonnyrigg were defending well with Paterson and Ruth Gorman working hard at the back to try and keep the home side restricted to attempts from outside the 18 yard box.

Spartans did come close thought before the break after good work down the right from Robinson. She drove in a low ball which was met by Murphy, but her toe poke went past the right hand upright.

  • Half Time:
  • Spartans FC
  • 1-0
  • Bonnyrigg Rose FC

Bonnyrigg got the second half underway after the interval and started the half brightly. The visitors forced Rodgers into an early stop when she got down low to save from Dilworth.

The match went through a period of stop-start, but the game got back on track when Nicole Selkirk set off down the left hand side which was ended when Robinson put in a well timed tackle. Russell then showed real determination to chase down Grant and win the ball from the Spartans defender as she made her way back towards her own goal, but Russell's ball in was taken by Rodgers in goal.

A keeper is allowed to save with any part of their body but Steel went over and beyond the call of duty when she saved a fierce shot with her face. This, of course, was not intentional and she got a real sore one which required some attention. Steel is a committed keeper and she showed great courage to carry on between the sticks.

Bonnyrigg started to turn up the heat and had a trio of chances in a two minute spell, starting with Scotland doing well to drive to the by line but her shot was easy for Rodgers to save at the near post. Then a good ball in from Morris on the right set up Natasha Selkirk but her shot was well saved by Rodger down low to her left. The next opportunity came through Nicole Selkirk who drove in from the left side, but like Scotland saw her shot saved at the near post.

Twenty minutes to go and the temperature was dropping, but more of a concern was the light that was disappearing at an alarming rate and it was a concern if this game would actually get finished.

Spartans came close to doubling their lead on the 63rd minute when Henderson played a good ball in from the right which Simpson met with a first time shot to see the ball rattle of the bar. As the Spartans players stood thinking about what could have been, Danielle Manson reacted quickly to put the ball behind for a corner.

The home side had to show resolute defending again after a Paterson free kick on the right side was met by the head of a Bonnyrigg player which was forced out by Rodgers in goal. It was only as far as Scotland, but her shot was unfortunately blocked for the away side.

The light was almost gone and it would have been handy for the spectators to have had pit helmets on to try and give they players some illumination. Spartans went on the attack and came close when Simpsons' shot from the left side of the box looked to be going wide of the far post until Murphy slid in. However, she could only hit the outside of the post with her effort.

Into the last five minutes and it was football in the dark now. The game was looking like Spartans' goal way back in the first minute was going to be enough until Douglas stepped up with different ideas. They secured their win on 76 minutes when she picked the ball up, side stepped a couple of Bonnyrigg challenges on her way into the box. Steel did brilliantly to block the initial shot from Douglas but could do nothing to stop her firing home the rebound.

Bonnyrigg carried on pushing forward with Gaby Wright this time but Rodgers reacted quickly to cut out her ball in for Russell which brought the game to an end.

A cracking game of football between two very well matched teams. The only difference between the sides on the day was that Spartans took a couple of their chances and Bonnyrigg couldn't. This will make for an exciting rematch next time round.

  • Full Time:
  • Spartans FC
  • 2-0
  • Bonnyrigg Rose FC


Spartans FC
Bonnyrigg Rose FC
1. Erin Rodgers
2. Jessica Christina Murphy
3. Taylor Healy
4. Katie Orr
5. Niamh Henderson
6. Coreen Grant
7. Ellie Simpson
8. Indyah Heard
9. Courtney Edwards
10. Eilidh Douglas
11. Lucy McLuckie
12. Megan Metcalfe
14. Ronaigh Douglas
16. Ruby Fischbacher
18. Kayley Robinson
20. Eartha Cumings
1. Megane Steel
2. Aimee Dilworth
3. Amber Scotland
4. Danielle Manson
5. Bethany Simpson
6. Gaby Wright
8. Olivia Preston
9. Eilidh Morris
10. Nicole Selkirk
11. Gemma McCowen
12. Charley Patterson
14. Natasha Selkirk
15. Aimee Russell
19. Amie Niven
21. Ruth Gorman
Star Player
Spartans FC
Bonnyrigg Rose FC
Coreen Grant - Worked tirelessly all night to halt the opposition attack's and put constant pressure on the player with the ball.
Charley Paterson - Did the simple things at the back all night. Put in numerous tackles and made clearances at vital times.
Magic Moment
Spartans FC
Bonnyrigg Rose FC
The opening goal of the game from Ellie Simpson. Less than one minute played to give her team a wonderful start to the game.
Megane Steel showed real courage to carry on in goal after getting a really sore one when the ball hit her full force in the face.
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Bonnyrigg Rose FC
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