On an afternoon when Aberdeen’s first-team squad were parading the League Cup trophy on Union Street, their ladies team had a victory to celebrate themselves by beating Buchan 3-1 to secure their first points of the SWPL season in Maud.
Both sides had suffered a severe setback on the opening day last weekend at the hands of Inverness City and Celtic respectivel.
But Buchan showed signs in the opening stages that they looked more comfortable than last week’s result suggested, with a fairly positive start in the first 20 minutes.
However, Aberdeen then made the breakthrough with their first real chance of the game. Nikki Wright’s cutback on the byline found Rachel Small, her effort taking a large enough deflection off Linsey Cruden to find its way into the back of the net.
Their advantage was then almost doubled, Campbell’s bursting run down the right led to her feeding Hannah Stewart in the middle, although she eventually managed to get a shot away in front of goal, Jodie Kennedy got just enough of a touch on the ball to take the pace out of the shot allowing Connie Strachan to recover and clear off the line.
Buchan were pressing their opponents high up the park and making life difficult for them but with no end product, but they managed to nick a timely equaliser just prior to the break.
Leanne Reid’s free-kick around 40 yards from goal floated right over the top of ex-Buchan ‘keeper Becky Flaherty to end up in the net.
It was perhaps a deserved leveller given the effort the hosts had put into their first-half display but following the interval Aberdeen took a firm hold of proceedings.
Kennedy had to be alert to make a smart stop from Stewart right at the beginning of the half, and Aberdeen must have been wondering how they hadn’t gone in front just a couple of moments later.
A corner from Small led to a real goalmouth stramash;with Buchan unable to clear the ball on numerous occasions, the ball struck the top of the crossbar three times before somehow managing to stay out of the home side’s net in a bizarre sequence after a series of ricochets and blocked shots.
It seemed like a matter of time before the Dons would regain their advantage, and Small made sure shortly after, turning in Coleman’s cutback in a goal rather akin to her first.
McKenzie then had a decent opportunity to make it three after latching onto a great through ball, but only undoing her good work as she fired over the bar with Kennedy already rounded, before Hermans struck the bar from ten yards out after a fantastic interchange of play on the right-hand side between Small and Coleman.
However, Aberdeen’s relentless attacks finally paid off three minutes from time. Fay McDonald’s chipped ball over the top caught out the Buchan defence, leaving Hermans to catch the ball on the half-volley and fired it across Kennedy’s goal to round off an ultimately successful afternoon for the Granite City girls.
Buchan: Kennedy, Brown, Rae, Smart, Sutherland (Duncan 67), Leanne Reid, Silcocks, Paterson, Strachan (Anderson 73), Cruden (Ritchie 79), Johnston.