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Spartans Superb Second Half Sees Them Reach The Semi-Finals: Spartans 4-1 Aberdeen

Results

Club1st Half2nd HalfGoals
SpartansJohnstone 56; Marshall 59, pen 89; Simone McMahon 90+24
AberdeenDion McMahon og 381

Spartans progressed to the Semi-Finals of the SWPL Cup after beating Aberdeen 4-1 in the Quarter-Final. At a sunny Ainslie Park, Aberdeen had taken a shock half-time lead through a Dion McMahon own-goal despite not having a shot on target in the first half. Spartans had created several chances with the offside flag and good keeping from Aberdeen’s keeper Emily Mutch denying them.

Spartans equalised in the 56th minute through Zoe Johnstone, her first goal for the club, before Alana Marshall put them in front when her corner went directly in.

There was a lull in the game, but Aberdeen had a couple of chances to equalise with Hannah Stewart coming close – but in truth, they never looked like scoring. Spartans won a penalty late on when Mutch fouled Carla Boyce, and Marshall converted the spot-kick. And then, late on, Simone McMahon poked home from close range to make it 4-1.

Spartans Starting XI

First Half

The game had an even start with both teams battling for possession in the middle of the park but soon Spartans starting to move on top. Emily Mutch spilt Zoe Johnstone’s through-ball, but the young Dons’ keeper reacted well to deny Carla Boyce’s shot. Then Alana Marshall’s through-ball sent Ronaigh Douglas through on goal, but once again, Mutch made a good save to deny her fierce shot.

Carla Boyce was proving a threat for Spartans, linking up well with her team-mates, and she saw a couple of efforts blocked – one, in particular, proving painful for Aberdeen’s Cassie Cowper.

There was a small chance for Aberdeen after a poor clearance under pressure from keeper Jo Viollaz went straight to Aberdeen’s Shannon McGregor – but her effort from 30 yards was always going wide.

Boyce came close once again to scoring when she was picked out by Douglas’ header, but her shot went agonisingly wide of the far post.

Some of Spartans’ passing was a delight to watch, and lovely incisive play saw Colette Cavanagh played into the box – but Mutch was there to make a great save.

And then, Aberdeen took the lead in the 38th minute after determined work from Lauren Gordon won a corner. Cheryl Anderson’s delivery was missed by Viollaz, and the ball deflected off Dion McMahon and into her own net.

Aberdeen’s Starting XI

Half-Time: Spartans 0-1 Aberdeen

Photo: Carson Ralton
Spartans celebrate Zoe Johnstone’s equaliser

Second Half

Spartans worked a couple of good early chances with Georgia Adderley passing to Johnstone in the box, but brave defending from Jo Fraser put the ex-Hibs player off as she shot over. Fraser sadly would have to be replaced by Sam McDonald.

Then, Spartans equalised in the 56th minute. Simone McMahon’s corner was headed back across goal by Bobby Beveridge and there was Zoe Johnstone to fire the ball over the line, despite Mutch’s valiant attempt to keep the ball from crossing the line.

Three minutes later, Spartans were in front as Alana Marshall’s corner went directly in.

Photo: Carson Ralton
Alana Marshall’s corner puts Spartans 2-1 up

After Spartans took the lead, there was a lull in the game, but Aberdeen started to threaten with Cheryl Anderson forcing Viollaz into a good save from close distance.

But Spartans were still on top and they should have scored a third when a corner found three players lining up at the far post, but Johnstone could only shoot over.

Aberdeen came agonisingly close to an equaliser when Hannah Stewart was given room on the edge of the box, but her shot just crept wide.

And then, Spartans made sure of the win. A long ball sent Carla Boyce into the box, she took a touch past the keeper who took her out – and the referee pointed to the spot. Mutch had to be replaced by debutant Melia Marquez, and she had to pick the ball out of the back of the net after Alana Marshall placed the ball down the middle.

Photo: Carson Ralton
Debutant Kaela McDonald assists Spartans’ fourth goal

Then, in the 92nd minute, Spartans scored their fourth. A cross picked out debutant Kaela McDonald who mishit her shot, but it turned into an assist for Simone McMahon as she poked the ball home from six yards.

The Stats.

Teams

Spartans: Jo Viollaz, Sarah Clelland, Simone McMahon, Dion McMahon, Bobbie Beveridge, Ronaigh Douglas (Ellie Simpson 82), Alana Marshall (c), Collette Cavanagh (Louise Mason 82), Georgia Adderley, Zoe Johnstone (Kaela McDonald 90), Carla Boyce.

Goals: Johnstone 56; Marshall 59, pen 89; Simone McMahon 90+2.

Aberdeen: Emily Mutch (Melia Marquez 88), Cassie Cowper, Hannah Stewart, Cheryl Anderson, Megan Reid (Lindsey Dunbar 76), Shannon McGregor, Jo Fraser (Sam McDonald 51), Kelly Forrest, Lauren Goron, Donna Paterson, Chloe Gover

Goal: Dion McMahon og 38

Booked: Paterson.

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