SWPL | Spartans complete comeback to earn three points in Aberdeen

 Spartans travelled north in hopes of keeping momentum going following last weekend’s win on the road in Dundee.


Aberdeen started the game with a bang, Eilidh Shore unleashing a long range effort within 30 seconds, the ball sailing into the back of the net to give the hosts an early advantage.


There would not be much in the way of clear cut chances as the half went on. McQuillan created the first opportunity for Spartans, Marshall struck a free kick but it was palmed away for a corner which the Aberdeen defence dealt with well. Hannah Jordan later had an effort deflected wide, the Aberdeen defence again holding firm from the resulting waves of attack. Alana Marshall had a free kick moments before the half time whistle, but the effort didn’t have enough dip to creep under the bar.


The first opportunity of the second half would fall to Kat Smart, Aberdeen mistiming their clearance but the midfielder’s first time effort fell wide of the mark. Debbi McCulloch then made a number of changes to the side to turn the tide in the away sides favour.


The substitutes would pay off, Amelie Birse making an impact just moments off the bench. Marshall’s corner caused chaos in the Aberdeen penalty area and after some argy-bargy, Birse was on hand to tap home at the back post as McCann couldn’t keep the ball out. The young striker getting her first goal for the club.


Spartans pressure throughout the game would pay dividends as Gibb had a superb run forward, the winger cutting inside and firing low into the bottom corner to give the away side the lead.


Spartans had to work hard to remain in front, as it was the hosts’ turn to search for an equaliser. Hutchison managed to get on the end of a cross from the right hand side but Yates collected the headed effort calmly. In the dying moments, Collins had a shot from the edge of the box but this was over the bar.


The Edinburgh side with some resolute defending of their own would see the team complete the comeback and take the three points home.