Luthermuir WFC travelled to the new league leaders after their good performance last week against Elgin City. Luthermuir management knew this would be a tough afternoon against the title favourites Dee Vale who had only lost once this season so far.
Luthermuir set out to counter attack their opponents and went up hill in the first half against the blustery wind. The game started even and it took nine minutes before the first chance was created.
Out on the far left, Dee Vale played a good one two down the touchline, before crossing where the attacker volleyed wide. In 13 minutes, a great ball over the back line had Lownie away down the right, but she failed to trouble the keeper with her shot.
Dee Vale then pressed Luthermuir into their own half for the next ten minutes, but with Hendry, Middleton and Bruce staying strong in defence very little was getting through.
In 25 minutes, a free kick against Godsall on the right was swung over, but the header went wide of Charles goal. In 29 minutes, a great ball from Boyack had Lownie running at the last defender, but after she passed her, the keeper rushed out to save at her feet to deny a goal scoring chance.
The deadlock was broken in 33 minutes, when the home team broke down the left where the midfielder cut inside along the 18 yard line and passed to the attacker who swivelled on the spot and fired low to Charles goal. She made a great save to parry the ball, but the on rushing attacker fired it low home for 1-0.
Luthermuir created a great chance in 37 minutes, when Lawrence flighted a ball over the back line for Lownie to race on to and head to goal, as she got ready to fire the shot away, a great tackle blocked the shot and it was cleared.
With the half drawing to a close, the final chance fell to the Muir girls, when a corner to Dee Vale was headed clear. First to react was Young, who found Brough and as she sprinted forward she played a great pass to Lownie who took a touch to evade the last defender and cut inside where her shot was saved well by the keeper.
Half time: Luthermuir WFC 0, Dee Vale 1.
Luthermuir were now playing downhill with the wind, and within a few minutes Young picked up a knock and had to be replaced by Nicol.
In 49 minutes, a flighted ball from Bruce over the back line had LOWNIE clear of the last defenders, as she headed to goal, the keeper advanced and she coolly lobbed the ball from 18 yards for 1-1.
In 52 minutes, Bruce found Murison out on the right, as she headed down the wing, Lownie collected the pass and burst behind the back line again, but her shot went wide up the up right. After only three minutes, the Muir girls created another great chance, down in the right Lownie won a corner, Murison floated a great ball into the box where Boyack flashed her header just wide of the left hand post.
Dee Vale took control of the game for next ten minutes, but Charles made some good saves in the Muir goal to prevent them taking the lead.
After 66 minutes, Brough played a great ball in behind the back line for Lownie to be clear on goal again, but the defenders got back well and her shot was pushed clear by the keeper. In 71 minutes, Boyack picked up the ball just in the Dee Vale half and skipped passed her marker to race towards goal. As the centre half came towards her, she wrong footed herself and skipped clear of the final defender, before powering towards goal. As she drew the keeper out, BOYACK slotted it low to the left of her and in off the post for 2-1.
This is just what Luthermuir deserved after starting the brighter of the second half. They then changed Godsall for Crichton to freshen up the midfield.
The Muir girls then were content to counter attack their opponents when the chance came about. In 74 minutes, Lownie was taken down 25 yards from goal, but Bruce’s shot went wide of the goal.
Dee Vale struggled to break down the defence, resulting in shots that were too long, which Charles gathered with ease. In 79 minutes, a foul against Hendry gave the home team a chance 20 yards out, but the attacker fired her shot just over the crossbar. With Dee Vale pressing, another chance for Luthermuir fell in 82 minutes, when a cross from the right was missed by all and bobbled in front of goal, Middleton stepped up to clear the danger. With a few minutes to go, Murison came off for Stewart and Luthermuir controlled the final part of the game to earn a well-deserved victory.
Luthermuir will play Aberdeen Development at home in the League on Sunday.
Luthermuir: Charles, Godsall (Crichton), Hendry, Bruce, Middleton, Lawrence, Murison (Stewart), Boyack, Brough, Young (Nicol), Lownie – Subs: Murray, Andrew. Man of the Match: Stacey Boyack. Match Ball Sponsor: Semco Maritime, Aberdeen.