Stirling University 1 Queen’s Park 5

A double from Abby Callaghan and goals from Leah Daly, Lia Tweedie and Lauren Chisholm gave Queen’s their highest goal tally of the season away to Stirling University on Sunday.

Queen’s travelled to Stirling University to play the students for the second time this season. The last time the two sides met, in August, Queen’s lost 4-3 to the university.

Coach Iain Ferrie made two changes to the side that started against Boroughmuir last Sunday; Jaya Gill and Alex Fraser replacing Taylor Davis and Lauren Ray.

Queen’s were looking to extend their recent winning run to four games. Stirling Uni were looking for a change in fortune from recent losses.

The Spiders couldn’t have got off to a better start with Abby Callaghan knocking the ball home inside the second minute of play

Two minutes later Abby Callaghan was upended at the edge of the Stirling box. Free kick to Queen’s. Leah Daly took the kick and smashed the ball into the top corner of the net.

Leah Daly's free kick crosses the line

Queen’s continued to dominate the game with Leah Daly, Lia Tweedie and Abbi Callaghan controlling the midfield. Abby Callaghan was also causing the Stirling defence problems with her fast direct running.

Scarratt, in goal for Stirling, was in top form pulling off a series of excellent saves to deny Queen’s.

In the 23rd minute Stirling uni pulled a goal back when Queen’s were caught in possession, Stirling’s Shana McPhail nipped in and lifted the ball over Lauren Grant into the net.

Stirling Uni pull a goal back

This goal gave the students a boost and for the next ten minutes they put Queen’s under a lot of pressure.

However in the 33rd minute Queen’s restored their lead to two goals. Lia Tweedie was obstructed at the edge of the Stirling box. Lia took the free kick and with the assistance of a deflection from the wall the ball sailed into the far corner of the net.

Abbi McDonald celebrates with Lia Tweedie

Half-time: Stirling University 1 Queen’s Park 3

Queen’s replaced Alex Fraser with trialist for the start of the second half.

Two minutes into the second period Abby McDonald tested the keeper with a shot from the edge of the Stirling box.

In the 55th minute Abby Callaghan got her second and Queen’s fourth of the day. From a free kick delivered by Leah Daly, Lia Tweedie knocked the ball in the path of Abby Callaghan who first timed the ball into the net from eight yards out.

Queen's players celebrate Abbie's second and Queen's fourth goal of the day

Eight minutes later Abbi McDonald, who was getting a lot of success down the left wing, was played through by Lia Tweedie. Abbi squared the ball for the incoming trialist but the Stirling defender intercepted the pass and knocked the ball off the keeper .

The Stirling keeper saves from her own defender

In the 76th minute the Stirling keeper denied Abby Callaghan once more when she turned an Abby shot away for a corner. From the resultant corner the keeper pulled off another fine save to deny a Lia Tweedie header at the back post.

Stirling keeper Scarratt blocks a Lia Tweedie header

One minute later Queen’s replaced Nicole Cairney with the second of the two trialists.

In the 80th minute Abby Callaghan was replaced by Sarah MacLeod.

Queen’s final substitution was in the 85th minute when Abby McDonald was replaced by Lauren Chisholm.

Lauren certainly made an impact when four minutes after coming on she made the score 5-1 to Queen’s. Lauren met a corner from the right perfectly to header the ball into the roof of the net.

Lauren Chisholm heads home Queen's fifth goal of the game

One minute into added time Lauren Chisholm was brought down inside the Stirling box. Penalty to Queen’s. The first Queen’s trialist took the kick but was denied by yet another fine save by the Stirling keeper.

Full-time: Stirling University 1 Queen’s Park 5

Queen’s Park: Lauren Grant, Leah Daly, Hannah Fulton, Eleanor Smith, Jaya Gill, Ellie Kane, Alex Fraser (Trialist 45′), Abbi McDonald (Lauren Chisholm 89′), Nicole Cairney (Trialist 77’), Abby Callaghan (Sarah MacLeod 80’), Lia Tweedie. Subs not used: Rachael Caddell, Chloe Gibney, Zoe Clark.

Stirling University: Scarratt, Gullan, Gray, Watson, Davidson, Jackman, Englehard, Taylor, Kennedy, Varnava, MacPhail.

Subs: Fairgrieve, McAllister, Sanchez, Lyons, McKay, Ryshchina, Skelton, Trialist.

Queen's 4 out of 5 goals

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