15s SE: Musselburgh Windsor v Blackburn United

15s South East Frankie Brown league match.

Beautiful clear blue skies greeted both teams for the final Frankie Brown league fixture before the summer break. It was second versus third with the home team having the opportunity to go joint top with Lanarkshire Hibs.

The teams exchanged chances early on with the home team getting a corner after a couple of minutes and the visitors replying with a shot just wide. However, it was Windsor who took the lead. Good wing play from Bjarnason and Brotherston found Paris and her looping shot from the edge of the box gave Windsor the lead.

Both teams continued to press and the lively wide midfielder Brotherston had a shot save by the Blackburn keeper.

Halfway through the game there was a much-needed water break and this seemed to inspire the visitors and they were soon level. Phelp was adjudged to have pulled back a Blackburn player as she ran into the box and the ref pointed to the spot. McDermot gave Burns no chance with an excellent penalty to the keeper’s top right.

HALF-TIME: Musselburgh Windsor 1-1 Blackburn

Musselburgh came more into the game in the second half and dominated possession with several chances, after good team play, going a-begging. Three successive Musselburgh corners came to nothing and Blackburn began to create chances of their own.

Musselburgh captain Thomas went off injured and Blackburn continued to press, showing a lot of endeavour and picking up a lot of loose balls in midfield.

After another water break Musselburgh spent more and more time in the opposition half and took a deserved lead when Feeley's shot from the edged of the box sailed over the goalkeeper’s head. It was very similar to Windsor’s opener.

Bjarnason, who was busy all day on the wing, had a shot saved and Blackburn came close to an equaliser when a shot from the edge of the box was smartly saved by Burns.

A booking for captain Thomas just before the end didn’t spoil what was a workmanlike performance for Windsor as they saw out the match to win 2-1.

Blackburn played their part in an excellent game and were unlucky not to come away with a point.

FULL-TIME: Musselburgh 2-1 Blackburn

Player of the Match:

For her industry, tackling and ability to look up and play great passes – both short and long – Megan Wood is especially deserving of praise.

Report & Images: Paul Johnston