The Ladies in Black were away in Aberdeen in a derby fixture against Aberdeen University.When I say away I of course mean Aberdeen Sports Village. There were some familiar faces in the opposition with Lucy McLean and Maris Cawthorn lining up for the students.
The GCW girls were in control of the first half but despite some opportunities never really made it count as the students massed their defence.However two minutes from half time a long ball out of the GCW defence, after a rare university attack, found the ball being recovered in the Aberdeen unviersity 23metre area. Pressure applied by onrushing GCW forwards meant the clearance went straight to Nicole Duffin 20 yards out. Nicole strode into the circle and struck a clean shot past the keeper to put her charges 1-0 up at halftime.
With the advantage of scoring, a reinvigorated GCW side were 2-0 up within 2 minutes of the second half. A ball into the circle found its way to Heather Curry who placed the ball beyond the keeper only to strike the post but she reacted faster than anyone else to net the rebound. The GCW squad were well on top at this point and it only looked like a matter of time before the lead was increased and so it proved as a delighted Jen Smith opened her account by firing beyond the keeper.
A few changes were made and GCW lost some of their impetus and with 10 minutes remaining some sloppiness allowed the students to get a goal to lift their spirits but GCW saw out the game and might have scored more. 3-1 a solid win in Aberdeen and a step further up the table to third spot.
Also on Saturday the GCW 2s lost out 1-0 to Aberdeen ladies. On Sunday the 4s and 5s were playing and the 4s drew 0-0 but the 5s lost 8-0 at the new Bucksburn pitch. The youngsters in the 5s were obviously still on holiday mode as all of the goals they conceded were in the first half and a much improved second half saw them play more like we know they can.