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Womens Football: Falkirk Ladies Reserves 4-0 Monifieth LFC

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Falkirk took control of the match from the kick-off and had the visitors on the back foot thanks to their quick passing and movement.

Monifieth defended well and in numbers as they tried to stop the onslaught of attacks from Rachel Donaldson, Diane Harkins and Kerrie Graham. Working well together the Monifieth side managed to keep out the Falkirk side right up until the 43rd minute when an early ball wide from Donaldson, saw Harkins cut to the by-line and square the pass to the edge of the 6-yard box before Kerrie Graham slotted the ball past the goalkeeper.

The second half saw Falkirk continue their dominance of the game and their slick passing cut open their opposition time and again but it took a long clearance from Lyndsay Hopper in defense over the heads of the Monifieth players to Rachel who ran onto the ball, past the goalkeeper to slot the ball away for a 2-0 lead. Just two minutes later and Falkirk were celebrating their third goal as Donaldson again got on the end of a through ball and calmly went past the goalkeeper to make it 3-0.

With a comfortable lead Falkirk made four changes to give all the substitutes a run out. Emma White, Aimee Stubberfield, Lauren Hastings and Jillian Leiper all came on as the pressure continued as Falkirk continued to exert control on the game. However it took until the 76th minute to get their fourth and final goal. Some brilliant chasing down of a loose ball in the corner saw Graham play in a whipped ball to White who made a brilliant run across the front of the defender and bury the ball in the far corner of the net. 4-0 to the home side.

The game was played in a great spirit by both sides and it was an excellent start to the season for the reserves. The team showed off some great passing moves and teamwork, and on another day the score-line could have been in double figures.

Falkirk Reserves: Joanne Beedie, Lyndsay Hopper, Aimee Thomson, Andrea Sutherland (Captain), Rebecca Cheape, Susie Malloy, Diane Harkins, Kelly Fullerton, Gillian Downie, Kerrie Graham, Rachel Donaldson Subs: Lauren Mitchell, Emma White, Jillian Leiper, Aimee Stubberfield, Kayleigh McCann.

Monifieth: Charlotte Parker-Smith, Rachael Lorimer, Dannielle Worsley, Jo Duncan, Ellie Scanlan, Stacey Boyak, Caroline Park, Jessica Darby, Gemma Sandamon, Lauren McIntosh, Hayley Darby.

Report provided by Alison Mackie

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