Buchan Ladies travelled to Saughton Sports Complex in Edinburgh on Sunday to face Hutchison Vale Ladies and had hopes of coming away with at least a point.
But the visitors got off to the worst possible start when the home side’s Ross scored after just 30 seconds.
It took the young Buchan side five minutes to settle before their first attack whenStewart fired into the side netting.
Buchan kept up the pressure, and a free kick from was Leanne Reid tipped over the bar by Hutchie keeper Clark.
Vale had the ball in the Buchan net again on 11 minutes but were judged to be offside to the relief of the visitors.
The free kick was immediately sent up the park and nippy striker Stewart fired home the equaliser.
The game settled into an even spell and was entertaining as both teams tried to play passing football.
A corner for the home side was taken short and Donnachie attempted a chip but Buchan keeper Flaherty held it well then launched a kick up field. Stewart again broke forward catching the ball near the goalline with a very narrow angle but there was no-one to take her pass.
Buchan were unlucky not to go ahead on 34 minutes when Johnston surged forward but the keeper parried the shot away.
The second half kicked off with Buchan now playing into the wind which seemed to have strengthened over the break.
An early attack from Vale was offside and a shot from Russell handled comfortably by Buchan keeper Flaherty.
At the other end Buchan threatened, a Reid free kick was nodded on by Urquhart to Brown but her shot was held by the keeper.
There was bad luck for Buchan as Vale’s Donnachie chipped a shot in which hit the bar, then Flaherty’s back before trundling into the goal.
Vale now seemed to settle into the game passing around well in midfield looking for chances. Buchan failed to close down a pass in to Gavin on the edge of the box and she turned, fired and scored.
Less than a minute later Buchan failed to clear a ball in the box which fell to Russell who curled a great shot into the righthand side of the visitor’s net.
With a three-goal lead Hutchison seemed to relax a bit letting Buchan back into the game again and the North side still had some fire in them.
But on 39 minutes it was Vale again who scored, this time from a penalty despatchced by Russell.
Buchan: Rebecca Flaherty, Louise Brown, Linsey Cruden, Lydia Johnston, Gemma Rae, Leanne Reid, Zoe Smart, Hannah Stewart, Connie Strachan, Michelle Sutherland, Jenni Urquhart.
Subs: Lauren Boardman, Katrina Innes, Julia Reid, Danica Ritchie, Samantha McQuillian