They say it’s a funny old game and this match proves it.
Two weeks ago Stoney travelled in the cup with a strong side, dominated and lost 2-1. Here, minus half a dozen first choice players, their young squad travelled again in the league more in hope than expectation and came away with a battling 2-1 win after a superb counter-attacking performance.
Stoney started with lightning quick Veitch prominent on the wing, forcing a number of throw-ins and corners.
Westdyke packed the midfield and both sides struggled to carve out clear cut chances. Stoney captain for the day, Mackay, was imperious at the back with her defensive colleagues Brawley, Evans and Mainland staying organised and compact.
Stoney’s midfield was in a battle as typified by the swashbuckling Tench who won a series of headers and nearly created a goal with a cheeky, back-heeled pass.
Westdyke started to exert some pressure and a sweeping move led to a right wing cross being bulleted into the Stoney net.
Stoney nearly equalised after a fine right wing dribble by young will ‘o’ the wisp Ogilvie ended with a scrambled clearance.
After half-time, holding midfielders Johnston and Robertson started to dominate the strong Westyke attacking midfielders and Ogilvie and Porter combined to win a free kick in a central position, Up stepped Townsend to whip a scorcher up and over the keeper for a merited equaliser.
Stoney were having a ‘goalden’ spell and McVey and Doyle were both on at full back and adding a combative zest and dynamism.
The winner came straight off the training ground with shades of Carlos Alberto’s 1970 Brazilian world cup final goal. Deep in their own half, Robertson instantly brought the ball down and flamboyantly flicked the ball through to centre forward Porter.
She twisted and swivelled and caressed a beautiful pass into the stride of the onrushing Townsend who calmly drilled a low left foot shot into the bottom right hand corner.
The last 10 minutes was backs-to-the-wall defending with Stoney indebted to the assured goalkeeping of Christie and some wonderful defending to preserve the 2-1 win.
Magic Moment - the first Stoney goal was a fine strike but the teamwork quality of the second takes some beating.
Player of the match - 14 candidates with the likes of Christie, Mackay and Townsend all prominent but, given her age and inexperience, Ogilvie has as strong a claim as any.