Photo by Ian Cairns.
Aberdeen maintained their lead at the top of the Scottish Building Society SWPL 2 but were made to work hard for the points by hosts Queen’s Park. Francesca Ogilvie’s second-half hat-trick, including two penalties, saw the league leaders win 3-0 to take the points back up north as they continue their charge to the title.
The game began at a good early pace with both sides looking for the opener, Queen’s going close after just three minutes with Sophie McGoldrick only able to force the ball wide from Louisa Boyes’ teasing low cross.
Five minutes later it was Aberdeen’s turn to attack with Bayley Hutchison driving forward, but she could only fire straight at Rachael Caddell. A corner soon after then caused bother in the home penalty area before Chloe Gover fired the loose ball over the bar.
Caddell had to make another save in the opening quarter of an hour with Ogilvie the instigator this time, but once again the save was routine and the keeper held the ball well.
With building work taking place at Lesser Hampden, Queen’s are having to find alternate arrangements for home games. The grass surface at Nethercraigs wasn’t the worst the sides could have played on, but it did make it a bit harder for the teams to play the passing football they like and saw the first half become a bit scrappy.
The Dons did have one more chance on the stroke of half-time, but Eva Thomson could only shoot over from just inside the box.
Mhairi Fyfe had the ball in the Aberdeen net four minutes into the second half after she was found by Boyes but the forward had made her run too early, meaning her neat finish under Gail Gilmour was ruled out.
Aberdeen are top of the league for a reason though and they began to show their quality as the half went on, with a trio of chances just before the hour mark. Hutchison was first to go close when she fired over from distance after some sloppy passing at the back from the hosts, with Gover and substitute Lauren Gordon also having chances soon after.
Gordon had barely been on the pitch when she found herself some space to get a shot away which Caddell was equal to before the keeper made an even better save moments later, pushing Gover’s shot wide.
On 64 minutes though, they finally broke through a stubborn Spiders’ defence. Helen McLeod passed straight to Ogilvie allowing her to send the ball flying over a helpless Caddell, much to the delight of the away bench.
The hosts were still well in the game heading into the last ten minutes but two quick penalty decisions soon put an end to any hopes they had of getting something from the game.
Johan Fraser timed her run perfectly down the left as the Queen’s defence stopped, claiming offside, and as she made a burst across the box she was hauled down by Christine MacKinnon with the referee showing no hesitation in pointing to the spot. Ogilvie stepped up and sent the ball high into the net to give the visitors some breathing space.
Aberdeen then worked the ball into the box almost immediately and were awarded a second penalty after Gordon was adjudged to have been tripped by Jayne Cameron, although she did appear to win the ball.
Ogilvie was tasked with beating Caddell from ten yards once again and she did so with ease, showing good composure to fire beyond the reach of the keeper and round off a solid evening for the league leaders.
Queen’s Park: Caddell; MacKinnon, McLeod, Cameron, Tung; Wands (Osman, 68), Ray, Boyes; Fyfe, McGoldrick (Hughes, 89), Potts (Hopgood, 75)
Aberdeen: Gilmour; Campbell, Forrest, Broadrick, Penman; Bruce (Gordon, 57), Collins; Ogilvie, Thomson, Gover (Fraser, 75); Hutchison. Not used: Doig, Innes, Sopel, Pratt
Aberdeen Midfielder, Francesca Ogilvie: