Aberdeen Ladies’ Premier League survival fight goes to last match of dramatic term

Kelly Forrest, left, in action for Aberdeen.
Picture by Darrell Benns
Kelly Forrest, left, in action for Aberdeen. Picture by Darrell Benns

The rollercoaster ride that is Aberdeen Ladies’ fight for SWPL Two survival is going to the final day of the season.

Following a 1-1 draw in Edinburgh against Edinburgh University Hutchison Vale, the Dons are a single point adrift of Glasgow Girls and the safety of sixth place.

Glasgow were defeated 3-2 by Motherwell on Sunday, giving Aberdeen a glimmer of light – although of course a win would have lifted them out of the relegation zone.

The final day of the season will see Aberdeen host third-placed Hearts.

They’ll need to better the result achieved by Glasgow, who will play last-place Central Girls, a team who’ve only won eight points all season.

One of the club’s coaches, Scott Duncan, said: “After the heartache of Sunday’s result, everyone is wanting to finish the season off with a win against Hearts.

“We will still train as hard regardless of it being the last game of the season.”

Dons player Kelly Forrest said: “The present squad at Aberdeen ladies have endured numerous setbacks throughout the season, yet have consistently maintained a positive and determined attitude on the pitch.

“I see Sunday as being no different.

“A home game is always favourable, and hopefully the team will get a decent support on Sunday.”

It certainly won’t be easy for the Dons to somehow avoid a second consecutive drop. But it would be in the true spirit of the season if they did so in the most dramatic way possible.

In the league Aberdeen will join should they be relegated, SWFL North One, their Under-23s side were defeated 4-2 by Buchan.

The young dons will be automatically demoted should their senior side drop down – saving Dee Ladies, who were thrashed 4-0 by Inverness City on Sunday – from their own relegation.

It wasn’t a great weekend overall for north-east sides.

Cove Rangers were defeated 7-2 by Dundee United as the Tangerines tied up the SWFL North One title.

Westdyke were also defeated, a 3-2 loss to Raith Rovers.

Deveronvale picked up the sole north-east win of the weekend, beating bottom side Stirling University Development 5-3.