SWFL1 North: Dee Vale v Dundee City

Dee Vale were pleased to be able to welcome Dundee City to Corbie Park; the first time the club's home pitch has been available since sustaining serious flood damage in January.

A depleted squad saw the ladies only just able to field eleven players and without an established goalkeeper. Dundee City took the lead with their first effort inside the first five minutes.

A well placed shot from a tight angle left the keeper with little chance as it found the far coner. Vale equalised when Murchison's low free kick was touched on by Fielding to Deans, who finished low across the keeper. Dundee again took the lead midway through the first half when their striker found herself clean through on goal.

The initial effort was saved and the shot from the rebound was blocked by the Vale defence. The referee adjudged the ball to have struck a hand and the resultant penalty was tucked away into the bottom corner. Vale again pegged back the visitors when the ball broke to Gabba inside the penalty area and she made no mistake with a cool side foot finish. Both teams were reduced to ten players when a fracas in the Dundee penalty area resulted in two players being dismissed.

The home side were enjoying a greater share of possession and carrying the greater threat, but it was the visitors who took a lead into the interval when a mistake from the Vale keeper allowed a tame shot to sneak into the net.

HT Dee Vale 2 - 3 Dundee City

Vale equalised early in the second half when Gabba was upended in the box and Law stepped up to confidently smash home the resultant penalty.

The home side took the lead for the first time in the match when Page hit a well placed strike from just inside the box into the top corner, far beyond the keeper's reach.

Dundee City equalised when a ball to the back post found the striker unmarked to volley home. Dundee City were reduced to nine players when their striker picked up a silly second yellow for kicking the ball away when called offside. Vale made good use of their extra player, stretching the pitch and creating a succession of chances, but failing to capitalise on any of them. Dee Vale finally made the their advantage count when the ball broke from a corner to Innes outside the box, who unleashed a ferocious shot to put the home side into the lead once more.

Vale had the chance to go two ahead and put the game out of reach when Donald's shot cannoned off the crossbar but the shot from the rebound also hit the woodwork with the goal gaping. The home side were punished for failing to take their chances when Dundee City were awarded a free kick just outside the box deep into injury time.

The shot was well placed into the top corner out of the reach of the keeper. There was little time remaining after the kick off and the game finshed all square.

FT Dee Vale 5 - 5 Dundee City

Reported by Dee Vale Ladies FC

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