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.