Stoney U13 girls fight back to grab draw

Stonehaven played against second top Byron in a midweek rearranged fixture.

Stonehaven had some good early possession in the first few minutes, creating some half chances, but Byron forced the ball through and scored with their first attack then followed with two more quick breaks to lead 3 – 0 after just 10 minutes.

Stonehaven made a positional switch and started to get back into the game. Johnston and Townsend had two shots well saved by the Byron keeper and Spence had a very good cross cut out just as it was coming through to Porter.

Traynor gathered a through-ball and her huge kick from hands very nearly bounced over the Byron keeper for the most unlikely goal of the season.

As the half was closing, Johnston latched onto a Porter lay off to lash the ball home from the edge of the box to give Stonehaven hope.

Stonehaven dominated the second half and substitute Lucy McVey was causing real panic in the Byron defence.

The keeper made three good saves at the feet of McVey but she eventually got the break of the ball and slotted home from five yards to get Stonehaven back to within a goal.

Stonehaven pressed for the equaliser with Porter, Johnston, McVey and Spence all coming close. After a slow start the defence of Robertson and Brawley were now solid.

Johnston forced a corner and Spence’s cross found its way to Townsend at the far edge of the box. She moved the ball out of her feet and drilled the ball in at the near post for a well-deserved equaliser.