Welcome to Aberdeen FC Ladies, the women’s club associated with Aberdeen FC and who currently play in the Scottish Woman’s Premier League. Based in Aberdeen, the Club currently have 170 signed players and aims to develop women’s and girl’s football in the local area, set the highest sporting standards and compete at every level.

Recently the club has signed a new agreement with Aberdeen FC that will result in closer links between the Pittodrie club and their female counterparts and will see Aberdeen FC Ladies play in the new Dons kit, allow a number of team meetings to be held within Pittodrie and assist in raising the teams profile through a variety of AFC communication channels. AFC Ladies will also progress their coach accreditation programme in conjunction with AFC.

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Aberdeen's season comes to a close this Sunday at home to freshly-crowned champions Glasgow City, the Don's last game before dropping into SWPL2 for next season.

With Glasgow already champions, and the Dons already relegated, one may be forgiven for thinking that this is a nothing game. However, expect both teams to come out and put out an exciting farewell display. Can the Dons pull off a shock result to end a disappointing season on a high?

Head coach Stefan Laird spoke of how preparations for the season-closer, and the new season in March, was going:

"As I've mentioned several time before, we knew relegation was a possibility for a long, long time now. So it's all about next year, and preparing for that. It's always difficult near the end of the season when there's nothing to play for, position-wise. But you've always got to give everything when you're playing at home in front of the people who come to watch you every week, and have supported you every week.

"We've had a really tough season, and people have came and backed us all season, so you owe them to go out and give 110% in every game they're paying in to watch you. It's also a game against a team that have just won the league, so you've got to go and give everything, or else it will be a very difficult day. The players owe everybody that effort .

"Glasgow will put in a performance as well. I'm not a big believer of people going on there and not trying in so called nothing games. I've played myself, and you want to win every single game, you should want to win every single game in training, and be the best in every single drill in training. So I couldn't care whether it's the Champions League final, or a league game, or a friendly, you should want to win.

[On the 8-0 defeat the last time the Dons faced Glasgow City]: "We're not the only team Glasgow have handed out a strong defeat to, they do it pretty regularly. We're preaparing for next year, and it's about building for that. This game on Sunday will have no bearing on that. They're a good side, they dominate the ball in pretty much every game they play, and they've beaten far more experienced teams than us by similar scorelines. We've got to go out and shut them down, not go out and shadow them. You've got to shut good players down, not stand off them, beccause if you stand off them they'll punish you, the same as any team of quality.

[On the assessment of his players for next season after Sunday's game]: "It's a season, we don't make those decisions on a game -by-game basis. We will look to keep a hold of the majority of players we have here, they need that years development and four experienced are crucial to that. We have a few changes that need to be made, and they'll be made. But Sunday will have absolutely no bearing on that whatsoever."
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There are just SEVEN DAYS to go until Aberdeen Ladies Football Club's Sheep On Fire fundraiser! Tickets are LIMITED for the event at Sunnybank Social Club on Friday 24th November, and we'd be delighted to see you there! You must be quick if you want a ticket!

We'll have sponsored races; a guest speaker in the form of Patrice, Hairdresser to the Stars; a buffet; a raffle; and, of course, a lot of fun!

Some of the raffle prizes that are up for grabs are quite something:
2x tickets to the Final of the Scottish League Cup!
1x Celtic FC jersey, signed by Johnny Hayes, Celtic FC winger
1x signed Aberdeen FC football
1x pair of goalkeeping gloves, signed by Joe Lewis, Aberdeen FC's No.1 goalkeeper
2x Four Ball at Portlethen Golf Club
1x 12 Month Membership of Warehouse Gym
4x tickets to Manchester United v Swansea City, at Old Trafford!
1x Voucher for Ishoka Hair
PLUS TWO NEW PRIZES
1x iPad
2x six-month family memberships for the Marriot Gym

The only way you can get your hands on at least one of these fantastic prizes is if you're there, so snap up your ticket while you can!

Tickets cost £15 each. You must be 18 years old or older to attend. If you wish to attend, (which, of course, you do!), don't hesitate to get in touch with our secretary at secretary@aberdeenfcladies.com.
You can also approach any member of our committee.
We look forward to seeing you there!
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Photos now available for the weekends tie versus Stirling University.

Photos come courtesy as always from our fantastic AFCL official photographer Maureen Lyall.

Terrific snaps Maureen!!

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Aberdeen LFC would love to invite you to join us for our Sheep On Fire fundraiser! Tickets are now on sale for the event at Sunnybank Social Club on Friday 24th November, and we'd be delighted to see you there! There are only two weeks to go until the event, so you must be quick if you want a ticket!

We'll have sponsored races; a guest speaker in the form of Patrice, Hairdresser to the Stars; a buffet; a raffle; and, of course, a lot of fun!

Some of the raffle prizes that are up for grabs are quite something:
2x tickets to the Final of the Scottish League Cup!
1x Celtic FC jersey, signed by Johnny Hayes, Celtic FC winger
1x signed Aberdeen FC football
1x pair of goalkeeping gloves, signed by Joe Lewis, Aberdeen FC's No.1 goalkeeper
2x Four Ball at Portlethen Golf Club
1x 12 Month Membership of Warehouse Gym
4x tickets to Manchester United v Swansea City, at Old Trafford!
1x Voucher for Ishoka Hair
PLUS TWO NEW PRIZES
1x iPad
2x six-month family memberships for the Marriot Gym

The only way you can get your hands on at least one of these fantastic prizes is if you're there, so snap up your ticket while you can!

Tickets cost £15 each. You must be 18 years old or older to attend. If you wish to attend, (which, of course, you do!), don't hesitate to get in touch with our secretary at secretary@aberdeenfcladies.com.
You can also approach any member of our committee.
We look forward to seeing you there!
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Aberdeen head coach Stefan Laird reflected on the defeat that sent his team down:

“I’m obviously bitterly disappointed. I mentioned in previous weeks that we were under no illusions of how difficult it was going to be. These things happen in football, teams go down, and the only reaction to that is to try and get straight back up. It’s about building now for SWPL2 next season.

“With the game today, taking the situation aside, I’m actually extremely frustrated. It summed up our season. We were absolutely superb for seventy minutes, particularly for the first forty-five. We played excellent football, created chances that we just didn’t take, the ones that we needed to. To anybody watching it, we were comfortably the best team for the full ninety minutes.

“Scored two good goals, and should have scored more, but its momentary lapses in concentration that have cost us, and that’s been our story around the season. I thought the football that was played was very encouraging, very positive, and we should have won the game.

[On Shannon McGregor’s ankle injury]: “It’ll be assessed throughout the week. She had a bit of a sore ankle, but played very well for the full first half. Hopefully she’s back for next week, but we’ll assess that. As Shannon normally does, she tried to soldier on for as long as she possibly could, she’s not one to go down if she’s not hurt, that’s for certain! But it hopefully isn’t too serious.

“We had two stone-wall penalties turned down. A lot of things have went against the girls this season, and that was continued today. But Stirling had six shots on goal ,and and scored four and full credit to Grant and his players for that , we had a lot more than six and only scored two. We’ve got to be more clinical up front, and have less lapses in concentration across board leading to conceding cheap goals.

[On preparation for the final game of the season against Glasgow City next weekend]: “This has been something that everybody’s known would be a real possibility for a long time, so it doesn’t come as any kind of huge shock, even though we’re bitterly disappointed. We should have definitely taken it to the final week. Lifting them shouldn’t be difficult, we’re playing Glasgow City at home, in front of our home crowd, friends, family, the people from Aberdeen who come and watch us, so we owe them a hundred per cent commitment.

“You’ve got to dust yourself down, you’ve got to get up and go again. Next year’s going to be another big challenge, we’ve got a highly talented team here, a lot of young players and some very good, experienced players, we will endeavour to come straight back stronger and wiser. In particular, I thought Chloe Fitzpatrick today was superb, in her last two or three games she has really been exceptional. Chloe was out earlier in the season with a knee injury, so it’s been really difficult for her to come back as when you miss early portions of the season you can play catch up but she’s worked so hard and she’s absolutely flying now! The coaches we have here in Scott, Davey, Connor and myself have worked tirelessly all season and now that will be fuelled to return as quickly as possible to where the club belongs. This team will come back from this, we have the ability and talent to do so, that mission begins now”
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Stirling University’s head coach Grant Scott gave his thoughts on how the panned out:

“We’re pleased with the final result. At one stage of the game it could have went either way. We’re just delighted that our girls stuck to their job and were kind of clinical in their finishing. We didn’t have a lot of chances, but took the ones that came.

“Our second goal was just a bit of a miss-hit, and its fortunate that it’s gone straight to our player, but we’ve got to commend the finish. A lot of players in that situation would lash the ball, but she had the presence just to guide it in. It was a wee bit unlucky for the goalkeeper, who’s ultimately miss-kicked it, but it’s got in front at an important time, even if we didn’t manage to hold onto it!

“The concession of the two goals was disappointing from us, we’re expecting a lot better from the players. But credit to Aberdeen, they kept getting into these areas and delivering balls that were dangerous, and ultimately they got their reward with the goals, but I’d be expecting my players to be stepping up and being a bit stronger in defending that kind of area, that kind of threat of ball in over the top like that, and from the wide areas as well, we really need to stop the cross. I thought Aberdeen worked the ball well in the wide areas, and if you put that many ball in, you’re going to get success eventually.”

Grant went on to express his regret of Aberdeen’s relegation: “I have absolute admiration for the way Aberdeen played today, they caused us lots of problems and they were very difficult to break down. Sometimes when you look at these things, you wonder how they’ve found themselves in that position, and unfortunately we’re just the team! It’s obviously a combination of what’s gone on over the season for them.

“They’ll be a loss to the league, that’s for sure! Certainly on today’s performance, they were good enough value for maybe getting a wee result today.”
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Here it is folks, this is what happened in Stirling yesterday:

University of Stirling compounded Aberdeen’s relegation from the SWPL with a 4-2 win at a blustery and cold Craig Gowans Centre.

A brace by Jade Gallon, and a goal each by Rachel Donaldson and Eva Rule were enough to prevent Aberdeen from catching up with Hamilton Academical in the table.

A goal each by Johan Fraser and Hannah Stewart for the Dons came as part of a spirited performance by the Dons, who fought incredibly hard to keep their top-flight status for one more week, to no avail.

As with every other football this up and down the UK this weekend, a minute’s silence was observed before kick-off to mark Remembrance Sunday, and remember those who gave their lives fighting for our country.

From the very beginning, both teams were making clear their intent to get a foothold in the game, with chances for both teams coming regularly. The strong wind didn’t help either side.

Aberdeen struggled to find a definite shot on goal, with Fraser dribbling well into the penalty area, and sending in a pass which no one could latch onto to. Just a minute later, a free kick was sent into the box to find Chloe Fitzpatrick, but she was successfully challenged by Stirling keeper Chloe Logan.

It was just after this when Stirling got the breakthrough. Donaldson used her remarkable pace to chink past the Aberdeen defence, and sent a bending shot high over the head of Aberdeen keeper Emily Mutch and into the net.

It took just five minutes, however, for Aberdeen to respond. Fraser latched onto a through ball, turned in a couple of different directions to wrong-foot Logan, and then slotted the ball calmly home.

The Dons weren’t level for long. Six minutes later, after receiving the ball back from Fraser, Mutch attempted to clear the ball upfield, but it fell right at the feet of Gallon, who gratefully fired home Stirling’s second of the day.

The loss of Shannon McGregor to an ankle injury wasn’t enough to slow Aberdeen down in their fight to stay in the game. Beth MacPherson played a big past in preventing any further damage in the first half, by putting in a superb slide tackle to halt a run by Nicole Pullar.

It didn’t take long after the interval for Aberdeen to draw level again. Hannah Stewart, who came on to replace McGregor, rose higher than anyone else in a crowded penalty area to head home a corner and give the Dons yet more hope.

That hope took another hit fifteen minutes later, when Ashley McDonald received a through ball, and passed it back to Gallon, who sent a powerful shot from twenty yards right into the back of the net to restore Stirling’s lead again.

They were then looking for a whistle that wouldn’t come when Ellie Simpson went down under a risky tackle in the Dons penalty area. A big shout went up for a penalty kick, but referee Colin Drummond wasn’t interested, so play continued.

It didn’t really matter in the end, because three minutes from time, just three minutes after coming on as a sub, Rule marked her debut with the first team by collecting a through ball courtesy of Donaldson, and slotting it home.

It was clear after the full time whistle how much the defeat, and the knowledge of what it meant, hurt the Dons. They deserved something from the game after a game in which they fought hard and showed plenty of desire in what was a good performance. It was just too little, too late. SWPL2 beckons for next season.
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