Aberdeen’s young side had to get over big-game nerves to beat Glasgow Women 1-0 and make it four wins from four, says co-manager Emma Hunter.
Bayley Hutchison’s second-half goal was all that separated the sides at New Tinto Park, though Glasgow Women missed a late penalty that would have secured a share of the spoils.
Aberdeen are now two points clear at the top of Scottish Building Society SWPL 2 with a game in hand over second-place Hamilton.
“It maybe would have been different had we taken our early chances a wee bit better, maybe that would have taken a bit of the pressure off of us,” said Hunter. “They’re a young squad, and as time goes on in the game and you haven’t scored I think they started to feel a bit of pressure.
“When we scored I thought maybe we were going to get a bit more of the ball, keep it and more chances would come, but credit to Glasgow Women they just kept coming at us.”
Aberdeen had scored 18 goals in their opening three games and were on the front foot early against Craig Joyce’s side. Jenna Penman and Hutchison both went close in the first half, while Eva Thomson was denied when one-on-one with goalkeeper Chloe Gibney.
The breakthrough came though when Hutchison took a cross first time and looped a beautiful finish into the net.
After that it was the home side who took control of the game; bombarding the Aberdeen box with a series of dangerous crosses.
Summer signing Taylor Hamill twice went close with dipping shots, but their best opportunity arrived from the penalty spot in the 85th minute.
However, Cara Henderson put her effort over the bar as the Dons held on for all three points.
Glasgow Women: Gibney, Reid, Donald, Addie, Ronald, Honeyman (Robinson 65), MacTaggart (Wands 65), Hamill, Wilson, Henderson, Canavan (McEwan 88); Hoole, McGonigle, Paton, McDonald.
Aberdeen: Gilmour, Campbell, Penman (Doig 90), Bruce, Gover (Fraser 90), Hutchison, Ogilvie, Forrest, Collins (Gordon 77), Thomson, Strath (Broadrick 65); Blanchard, Shore.