Spartans 0-3 Aberdeen
- Kick-off 1pm
- Spartans 4th, Aberdeen 7th
- Aberdeen yet to pick up a point under new management
- Hannah Stewart’s strike gives Aberdeen an early lead, before Megan Reid doubles their lead
- HT: Spartans 0-2 Aberdeen
All Times BST
FULL-TIME Spartans 0-3 Aberdeen
Aberdeen pick up a crucial victory after a stunning attacking display which gave Spartans little chance. Apart from a couple of great chances early on in the second half, the home side offered little of attacking chances and Aberdeen showed more clinical nature.
89 mins – Aberdeen Sub
Chloe Gover replaces Cassie Cowper
Aberdeen wins their fifth corner of the half. Cowper’s delivery is just about cleared.
Spartans try from distance but it is an easy save for Flaherty
83 mins – Aberdeen Sub
Beth McPherson replaces Cheryl Anderson
Should be a fourth for Aberdeen as Smith is given time in the box to take a touch, but she shoots over
Close for Aberdeen. Cassie Cowper is in acres of space and she sets up Anderson on the edge of the box, but she curls the ball over the bar.
76 mins – Aberdeen Sub
Johan Fraser replaces Megan Reid
Aberdeen has a free-kick from 30 yards. Susan Murray passes to Stewart in the box, her shot hits the right post and Kelly Forrest tries to divert the ball over the line but Cumings catches it.
A hopeful long range shot from Anderson just goes wide.
68 mins – GOAL Spartans 0-3 ABERDEEN (Nikki Smith)
Spartans win another corner. Anderson’s delivery is played to the edge of the box where Cowper’s shot hits Nikki Smith’s foot and into the net.
Cumings’ clearance goes straight to Stewart and with the Spartans’ keeper out of position, Stewart shoots from distance but her effort just goes wide of the left post.
Aberdeen wins a corner after good play from Stewart. Anderson’s corner eventually falls to Stewart at the far post but she fires over.
53 mins – Yellow Card
Cheryl Anderson is booked, presumably for something said to the ref.
Spartans go close once again. A Mason corner is parried by Flaherty, the ball falls to Kerr who blasts over from six yards
Spartans has two great chances. A cross from the right falls to Kirsty McLaughlin whose shot is cleared off the line by Kelly Forrest after Flaherty made a great save. And then Ashley Nicolson’s deep cross finds Christie Kerr whose header is well saved by Flaherty.
51 mins – Spartans Sub
Christie Kerr replaces Danijela Rae
Another Aberdeen corner, and once again, Spartans clear.
Aberdden win a corner. Cowper’s delivery si cleared by Spartans.
Danjela Raie delivers a great cross but Aberdeen’s Flaherty claims at the near post.
Spartans gets the second half underway. Can they get back into the match?
HALF-TIME: Spartans 0-2 Aberdeen
Aberdeen has been superb this first half and fully deserve their lead after strong movement and attacking play. And they’ve defended well, frustrating a dangerous Spartans side. But as they say, 2-0 is a dangerous scoreline…
A defence-splitting pass from Aberdeen’s Reid finds Nikki Smith who takes a touch but her shot is too easy for Cumings who makes the save.
Spartans win a corner. Kirsty McLaighlin takes it but Aberdeen clear.
Another Aberdeen corner from the left. Cowper’s ball is dangerous, it hits Susan Murray but Spartans’ Laura Gavin clears. Aberdeen come back with Cowper setting up Stewart, but Suzy Shepherd makes a last ditch block. Stewart later gets another shot, but a block from Ashley Nicolson makes it a simple save for Cumings.
A late challenge on Cowper gives Aberdeen a free-kick in a dangerous position on the left, nearly the box. Cheryl Anderson’s delivery isn’t fully cleared and it falls to 11 whose shot goes well wide.
Mason tries her luck from 25 yards but her diagonal shot goes just wide and high.
28 mins – Spartans Sub
Spartans’ manager Suzy Shepherd replaces Douglas
Spartans get a free-kick from 25 yards and they try and intricate move, but it ends with Mason stabbing wide
25 mins – Yellow Card
Aberdeen’s Stewart is booked for a horrible challenge on Ronaigh Douglas
Aberdeen has a corner and it should be their third goal. Cassie Cowper delivers an inswinging delivery which is allowed to bounce and it comes off Nikki Smith’s shoulder and into Cumings’ arms.
17 mins – GOAL Spartans 0-2 ABERDEEN (Megan Reid)
Aberdeen do get their crucial second goal. Cheryl Anderson’s cross is poorly cleared by Jen Malone straight to Aberdeen’s Shannon McGregor, but whilst Cumings can save her shot – she can do nothing about Megan Reid’s first time effort that finds the bottom corner.
Aberdeen has started this game really impressively. Great fluidity in their play, and Spartans has yet to really get going. Can they keep this going, and can they get the crucial second goal?
Spartans win a corner. Louise Mason takes it but Flaherty claims.
Spartans fail to fully clear Aberdeen’s long throw and the ball falls to Donna Paterson whose 25 yard strike just goes wide.
Aberdeen get a corner. Cheryl Anderson takes it and Rae nearly scores an own goal as the ball comes off her head, but Spartans’ keeper Eartha Cumings catches.
What a save! Danijela Rae crosses from the right, finding Kirsty McLaughlin and her header is kept out by Becky Flaherty’s finger tip save tipping it onto the bar
3 mins – GOAL Spartans 0-1 ABERDEEN (Hannah Stewart)
What a start for Aberdeen, and what a goal! Hannah Stewart picks the ball up on the right, beats her defender to break into the box and then curls the ball into the top right corner.
The game gets underway
12:54 – Spartans Team
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Aberdeen really need to get a good result today. Sitting four points ahead of bottom-placed Forfar Farmington, they’ve struggled in recent games, and with seven games remaining – they need to get at least three points before they play Forfar to feel confident of safety.
Welcome to our coverage of the SWPL 1 match between Spartans and Aberdeen.