Hearts Women

Aberdeen 0-1 Hearts: Jambos win at Balmoral

18th April 2022

Hearts Women defeated Aberdeen at the Balmoral Stadium for the second time this season after a thoroughly deserved victory.

Eva Olid’s side started the match brightly winning a succession of dangerous free kicks that were whipped in by Maria McAneny. From the first, Lia Tweedie flicked on a header for Tegan Browning but the centre half volleyed wildly over the bar.

From the next set piece, a deeper ball to the back post went direct to Browning, but again she missed the target, volleying wide this time. However, it was an encouraging start to the game and you sensed an opening would form sooner rather than later.

And it did on 36 minutes, after some lovely play in midfield. Rebecca McAllister played the ball back to Browning, she found Erin Rennie with a lovely left-footed pass that bypassed the Aberdeen midfield.

Rennie drove at the Aberdeen defence, with Aimee Anderson drifting from her marker, and played the ball to McAneny whose first-time right-footed pass found Anderson bearing down on goal and she finished with confidence to give Hearts the lead.

The Dons had been fairly passive in the first half, and started the second brighter, without creating much. The closest they came was a cross from the right that seemed to evade everyone and bounced just past the right-hand post of Charlotte Parker-Smith.

On 69 minutes, Hearts had a glorious chance to double the lead. Jenny Smith drove in from right wing-back and created a three-on-two overload with McAneny right and Anderson left. She chose Anderson, and the goalscorer cut inside onto her right foot, reversing her shot but it bounced agonisingly off the post.

The woodwork saved Aberdeen again when, with five minutes to play, sub Holly Aitchison did superbly in midfield to spin and drive forward, slipping in Smith who had rampaged down the right. She smashed a shot off the crossbar, and Clare Williamson fired over the rebound.

But despite the missed chances, a strong defensive display merited that clean sheet that came with the final whistle, as the Gorgie girls took three hard-fought points back down the road.

Hearts: Parker-Smith; Hunter, Kaney, Browning; Smith, Rennie (Williamson 77), McAllister (Handley 67), Cowan; Tweedie; Anderson, McAneny (Aitchison 83).

Subs not used: Rodgers (GK), Delworth, Davies, Begg

Photo courtesy of Stephen Dobson, Aberdeen FC.