Stoney Youth girls edge out Elgin

Stonehaven Girls u-16 1

Elgin City Girls u-16s 0

Stoney Girls knew that Elgin would be competitive, having narrowly beaten them in the last couple of meetings, and that is how it proved with Stoney edging a nervy contest .

After 15 minutes, a Tench sidestep and pass nearly put in Porter then Christie and Townsend combined with Townsend racing through only to fire straight at the keeper. A Townsend corner curled into the penalty box and was crashed home by a lunging Christie.

Further chances came and went for Stoney as Porter, Tench and Christie’s skilful play and Townsend’s strong runs regularly threatened. At the other end Imray produced a superb reflex double save but otherwise Elgin approach play was slick but couldn’t get past the defence

Evans was strong at full back and Brawley on the other flank was surging forward at every opportunity.

Key to Stoney’s defensive shape were the two holding midfielders with Kelly’s athleticism complemented by Johnston’s tactical awareness. The aggressively tenacious defensive play of McVey joined the play for Stoney as did the composed and speedy Robertson in midfield.

The second half followed a similar pattern with Elgin playing pretty football without finding a way of breaching Stoney’s rearguard while Stoney carved out slightly better chances but shots from Porter, Chrisite and Townsend found the Elgin keeper in good form.

Stoney ground out the win with a fine defensive display to preserve their third place in the league.

SQUAD: Danni Imray, Sophie Evans, Shannon Brawley, Daisy Smith, Heather Mackay (cpt) , Kirsten Johnston, Sarah Kelly, Katy Townsend, Erin Christie, Lisa Porter, Amy Tench, Lucy McVey, Katherine Robertson

Player of match- narrowly edged and shared by the disciplined Johnston and the attacking full back play of Brawley; Magic moment - it is the sign of a good keeper to pull off a double save when needed like Imray did.