Buchan Ladies felt the full might of a strong Rangers side in their Scottish Women’s Premier League clash at Cruden Bay at the weekend.
The North-east side went into the match with several regular players missing and it was unfortunate that they met a full strength Rangers side looking for revenge after being removed from the Scottish League Cup and Buchan Ladies taking their place.
The local side got off to the worst possible start when a simple looking clearance was blocked by Rangers striker Foley who had the easiest of tasks to turn the ball into the empty net.
If things couldn’t get much worst, they certainly took a turn for the worse a few minutes later when Rangers’ winger Haley Cunningham, who had started to run the show on the right, floated in a cross which curved beautifully into the top corner of the net leaving keeper McQuillan no chance.
Linsey Cruden and Aleisha Cassie at the heart of the Buchan defence steadied the ship at this point and although keeper Sam McQuillan pulled off a few excellent stops no more goals were conceded until just before half time.
Through the first half Rangers did have more of the ball and the Buchan Ladies struggled to get a grip of midfield and to start supplying their forward line.
Five minutes before half-time Rangers’ Natalie Ross sprung the offside trap and slid the ball home for the third goal. Two minutes later Haley Cunningham got her second of the game to put the Blues out of sight.
The Buchan Ladies team did have more of the match in the second half without really troubling the Rangers keeper.
Rangers were confined to a couple of chances in the second half and most of the shots coming from outside the box. In the last minute Rachel Halliday scored for Rangers with a low shot from 18 yards.
It was unfortunate that Buchan Ladies got off to the bad start they did, but this was a strong Rangers side and for a team in their first season in the top flight this was an experience which they will hopefully build upon in the coming games.