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War of the Roses see Linlithgow girls bow out of League Cup

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Bonnyrigg Rose Girls
Linlithgow Rose CFC Girls
15's South East Region League Cup - 1/4 Final
24 March 2014
Sometimes in football, things don’t go quite the way you want them to, and the reaction of some of the players after today’s exit from the League Cup was a perfect example of this. Tears of frustration from several of the girls, knowing they’d played well, knowing they couldn’t have done more, showed how much this excellent group of footballers cared about their team.
Before the game started, the message was win, lose or draw don’t walk off thinking “if only I’d done a little bit more” – not one of them could possibly have had that thought, a sentiment reinforced by the Bonnyrigg coaches at the end of the game.
The superb surface at the new Lasswade High School astro was a marked difference from the pitch when the same teams met last week. Both sides started strongly, with Grace making her competitive debut for Linlithgow showing well up front with Tara, supported excellently down the wings with Kirsty and Lucy.
Bonnyrigg took the lead on 8 minutes with a header, but then Linlithgow really turned the screw and the impressive Bonnyrigg ‘keeper pulled off a string of saves as the Rose pressed and probed from all areas of the pitch. Shots flew past and wide, and those on target were well blocked with the majority of the game at home-teams end. The rose defence mopped up several dangerous breaks from Bonnyrigg though, with Fi, Laura, Cozza, Zoe and Megan sticking to the game plan of building wide.
The breakthrough for the equaliser came from a great bit of work form Rheanna down the right, feeding Grace who jinked inside the defender to find Kirsty perfectly positioned to finish from close in.
Half Time: Bonnyrigg Rose Girls 1-1 Linlithgow Rose CFC Girls 
The same team who finished the half in the ascendancy took the pitch for the 2nd period, but a free kick given for obstruction saw a lay off for a powerful finish to give Bonnyrigg the lead again after 4 minutes. The pattern of the game re-asserted itself with Rose playing good football on the floor, and it only took three minutes for Lucy to torment her defender before slipping the ball across to Grace who managed to connect enough to see the ball trundle over the line.
The pressure continued to build with The Bonnyrigg keeper by far the busier, but they defended and broke strongly. and with the pace they have up front it required a lot of concentration by the defenders to keep them at bay, with a number of 1v1’s foot races defended well. 
Disaster struck for the Linlithgow girls though in the 28th minute of the half with the award of a soft penalty (ball cannoned into a Zoe’s elbow from 4 yards, apparently when she wasn’t even on the pitch). The shot was blasted high into the net.
Rose went to 3 up front and kept pressing and probing, but a minute into stoppage time Beth was unlucky to see her thumped clearance rebound of the combined defender and attacker closing her down to see the ball trickle apologetically over the line.
The scoreline was a harsh reflection on the game, and was tough for the girls to take. But that’s the thing with football – it gives you great highs, but also lows. Both extremes build players and the club for the future – it’s how you learn the game. For a group of girls who have played only 10 or 11 11-a-side games as a team, to perform to this level with the commitment and passion they showed today will surely give much more by way of highs than lows in the future.
Good luck to Bonnyrigg for the rest of the competition – a good club run the right way and good friends of the Rose.
Full Time: Bonnyrigg Rose Girls 4-2 Linlithgow Rose CFC Girls 
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