Aberdeen hit five on their return from the summer break as the league‐leaders picked up where they left off at the top of the SWFL1 North table.
Jessica Broadrick made her first‐team debut at the heart of the Dons defence after being promoted from the under‐19's whilst mid‐season signing from Westdyke, Eva Thomson made her debut in the Reds midfield.
Any chance that the five‐week summer recess may lead to a slow start were blown out of the water as the away‐side took the lead with just two minutes on the clock. Bayley HUTCHISON gathered the ball just outside the penalty area and fired a shot through a crowd of players which found the bottom of the net to give Aberdeen the perfect start.
Francesca Ogilvie almost doubled the lead after only four minutes when she shot into the side netting after being set up by Lauren Gordon. The visitors didn't have long to wait until they got on the scoresheet again though.
Ogilvie, who would go on to torment the East Fife backline from the left throughout the first half, was the one who grabbed the second. OGILVIE had found space on the left and gathered in a Crossfield ball before cutting inside and sending a low shot inside Nicola Wallace's near‐post for 2‐0.
It took a while for the home‐side to find their feet in the face of Aberdeen's quick start. Chloe Guppy tried to get on the end of a long ball but was denied by Anna Blanchard coming sharply off her line to collect at the edge of the box in what was a rare venture forward.
Gordon in the central striking position and Ogilvie on the left were regularly linking up well as Aberdeen looked to add to their lead. In the 23rd minute, the latter found the former with a great square ball and Gordon saw her snap shot clip the outside of the post.
Chloe Gover brought out a good diving save from the East Fife keeper as she tested Wallace with a powerful drive from distance before the Fifers got themselves back in the game against the run of play.
There didn't seem to be too much danger when GUPPY sent a high up‐and‐under towards the Dons goal from out wide in the 30th minute. The dropping ball somehow deceived Blanchard in goal though and found its way into the net to half the deficit.
The goal didn't faze Aberdeen who almost replied immediately as Thomson nearly got on the end of a Gordon through‐ball but the away‐side did reply just four minutes after losing the goal. GORDON capped a fine opening 34‐minutes as she showed quick feet to step inside and drill a low right‐foot shot into the bottom corner of Wallace's net to re‐establish her sides two‐goal advantage, which they held until half‐time.
HT: EAST FIFE 1 ABERDEEN 3
The visitors almost got a fourth goal within seconds of the re‐start as Johan Fraser tried her luck with a powerful shot which Wallace could only parry. The East Fife keeper was beaten again in the 49th minute as Aberdeen made it four.
Chloe Gover played Ogilvie in on the left, she was fouled as she made her way into the box and the referee didn't hesitate in pointing to the spot. GOVER stepped up and coolly stroked home the spotkick to put her team 4‐1 up.
If the fourth goal hadn't finished the game as a contest, then the Dons firmly put the game away with a fifth on 53 minutes. Great play by Hutchison in midfield saw her ride a couple of challenges before sending a great pass through the East Fife defence. FRASER timed her run from the right perfectly to stay onside and collect Hutchison's pass before rolling the ball beyond Wallace and into the net.
The game slowed down somewhat as they second‐half went on which wasn't surprising given the warm conditions. Substitutes Sophie Jamieson and Sophie Brown were both introduced for the Dons as both sides made changes.
Aberdeen continued to threaten as the half went on, Gover had a long‐range effort parried wide by Wallace before Forrest headed wide from the resulting corner. Gordon and Ogilvie once again linked up well on the left and Ogilvie's ball into the box was just behind the in‐rushing Jamieson.
Teri Skivington saw her 30‐yard free‐kick tipped onto the crossbar by Blanchard as East Fife looked for a consolation, which they would get in the 79th minute. Elissa Nicholson headed onto the crossbar and Kirsty GRAHAM was perfectly positioned to nod home the rebound from six yards. Loren Campbell went close with a header and both Gordon and Thomson came close with late efforts for the Dons, but they couldn't add to the scoring as the game ended 5‐2 to Aberdeen.
FT: EAST FIFE 2 ABERDEEN 5