Hearts women

Match Report: Aberdeen 0-2 Hearts

27 August 2023

Hearts Women got back to winning ways on Sunday thanks to a 2-0 victory over Aberdeen at Balmoral.


Eva Olid made two changes from the side that faced Rangers during the week. Sade Adamolekun and Brodie Greenwood replaced Addie Handley and Cailin Michie.


It was an open beginning to the match but neither goalkeeper was tested in the early stages as both sides got to grips with the sizeable Balmoral pitch.


So far this season, Hearts have looked a threat from set piece and it was no different in the Granite City as Carly Girasoli headed home a Katie Lockwood corner after 13 minutes.


Georgia Timms kept the ball alive and Girasoli got above everyone else in the box to power home a header past Faye Kirby in the Dons goal.


The home side would’ve felt aggrieved to have been behind as they had started brightly and continued to knock the ball about well.


Perhaps understandably, on home turf the Dons were having a right go at Hearts, but they struggled to test Charlotte Parker-Smith in the Hearts goal as most of their efforts were from distance.


Dons front pair, Hannah Stewart and Bayley Hutchison were giving the hearts defence plenty to think about as they dropped into pockets of space between the Hearts backline and midfield.


Hearts striker Kathleen McGovern was having a personal battle with Dons defender Maddison Finnie with neither player giving an inch in what was a very physical battle.


Olid made two changes at half-time in an attempt to gain more control as Michie was introduced alongside Aimee Anderson.


The changes had a positive impact and Hearts got the second goal they needed just after the hour mark. Anderson pressed the Dons backline into a mistake before squaring the ball for Georgia Timms to tap home at the back post.


That second goal rather knocked the stuffing out of the home side and Hearts almost added a third goal, 14 minutes from time. Michie combined with Katie Lockwood down the left, before the latter curled an effort towards goal that completely wrong-footed Kirby, but the crossbar prevented Hearts from going three goals to the good.


Parker-Smith had a quiet second half as Hearts saw out the remaining minutes with relative ease to record a clean sheet alongside three precious points.



Aberdeen: Kirby, Broadrick, Holden, Shore, Gover, Stewart, Hutchison, Finnie, Innes, Black, Hanssen


Subs: McCann, Insch, Miller, Ogilvie, Thomson, Lawson


Hearts: Parker-Smith, Morgan, Brownlie (Penman, 75), Hunter ©, Grant (Rennie, 75), Timms, Lockwood, Greenwood (Michie, 46), Adamolekun (Anderson, 46), Girasoli, McGovern (Findlay, 75)


Subs: Rodgers, Penman, Rennie, Anderson, Handley, Davies, Findlay, Cowan, Michie