Scottish Women's Premier League

#SBSSWPL 2: Aberdeen 8-1 St Johnstone

November 11th 2020

Aberdeen Women continued their winning streak on Tuesday evening with an impressive 8-1 win against St Johnstone at Cormack Park.

In a fairly even first 45 minutes it was the visitors who looked the most likely to grab the opening goal. The first real opportunity came in the 10th minute when a cross from the right wing found Nicole Carter; her acrobatic attempt sailed over the bar.

The Saints were left hard done by two minutes later when Ellie Cowie was brought down by a late challenge inside the box was not called, the away coaching staff were left infuriated that a penalty was not given.

Aberdeen started the scoring in the 17th minute. A low driven cross from the right hand side was parried by visiting keeper Rebecca Cameron, Chloe Gover was waiting to slide in to win the ball and place the ball into the net to grab her first of the evening.

The Perth-based side thought they had grabbed an equaliser in the 25th minute when a header from Cowie found Morgan Steedman, the number 15 managed to tap the ball into the net; however she was judged to have been in an offside position from the linesman.

Francesca Ogilvie doubled Aberdeen’s lead in the 31st minute, hitting a shot from outside the box to widen the gap between the sides.

Following a couple of chances in the opening stages of the second half, St Johnstone finally managed to find a way back into the game. Following a foul just inside the box, Rachel Todd struck the resulting penalty to Gilmour’s right to give Jason McCrindle’s side a chance to get something from the game.

Those hopes were dashed immediately after kick off. Bailey Collins struck a first-time volley following a cross from the left which flew past a static Cameron into the goal.

Following a bit of back and forth, the hosts grabbed their fourth in the 65th minute. Ogilvie collected the ball from her own half and darted towards the opponent’s box, jinking past a couple of defenders, before supplying the ball to Bayley Hutchison to increase the lead by three goals.

Just two minutes later and it was five. After a foul on the edge of the box, Gover smashed the free kick into the top right hand corner to secure a brace.

Hutchison also grabbed a second goal in the 71st minute, when weak defending from the visitors allowed Collins to find the number 10 to easily slot the ball into the net, a sixth goal pretty much ensuring a home victory. Collins grabbed a second with ten minutes left to play when her shot bounced off a defender and ended up in the goal.

Following injuries to some of the squad in Sunday’s victory over Glasgow Girls, managers Emma Hunter and Stuart Bathgate brought on youngsters Hannah Innes and Nadia Sopel for their first team debuts in the closing stages of the match.

Just two minutes from time, Eva Thomson grabbed an eighth goal for Aberdeen; the club’s 27th in the first five matches, to complete the rout.

After the game, Chloe Gover confirmed that the team’s spirits are at an absolute high. The forward said: “We’re playing really well and scoring goals. We created a lot of chances tonight and are enjoying our football at the moment.”

With the club travelling to South Lanarkshire at the weekend for a top of the table clash with Hamilton Academical, co-manager Bathgate expects the game to be tough. He said: “We know what Hamilton are about, being at the top of the table last season. We just need to go down there and play our game and hopefully we come out on top.”

Aberdeen: Gilmour; Campbell, Forrest, Broadrick (Doig, 74), Ogilvie; Collins, Bruce (Gordon, 74), Fraser (Sopel, 79), Gover (Innes, 83); Thomson, Hutchison

St Johnstone: Cameron; Henderson (Milligan, 71), Tweedie, Jameison, McGowan (Wight, 71); Carter, Todd, Cowie (Newbigging, 54), Irvine; Maclean, Steedman (Scott, 71)

Aberdeen Co-Manager, Stuart Bathgate:

Aberdeen Forward, Chloe Gover: