Calendar An icon of a desk calendar. Cancel An icon of a circle with a diagonal line across. Caret An icon of a block arrow pointing to the right. Email An icon of a paper envelope. Facebook An icon of the Facebook "f" mark. Google An icon of the Google "G" mark. Linked In An icon of the Linked In "in" mark. Logout An icon representing logout. Profile An icon that resembles human head and shoulders. Telephone An icon of a traditional telephone receiver. Tick An icon of a tick mark. Is Public An icon of a human eye and eyelashes. Is Not Public An icon of a human eye and eyelashes with a diagonal line through it. Pause Icon A two-lined pause icon for stopping interactions. Quote Mark A opening quote mark. Quote Mark A closing quote mark. Arrow An icon of an arrow. Folder An icon of a paper folder. Breaking An icon of an exclamation mark on a circular background. Camera An icon of a digital camera. Caret An icon of a caret arrow. Clock An icon of a clock face. Close An icon of the an X shape. Close Icon An icon used to represent where to interact to collapse or dismiss a component Comment An icon of a speech bubble. Comments An icon of a speech bubble, denoting user comments. Ellipsis An icon of 3 horizontal dots. Envelope An icon of a paper envelope. Facebook An icon of a facebook f logo. Camera An icon of a digital camera. Home An icon of a house. Instagram An icon of the Instagram logo. LinkedIn An icon of the LinkedIn logo. Magnifying Glass An icon of a magnifying glass. Search Icon A magnifying glass icon that is used to represent the function of searching. Menu An icon of 3 horizontal lines. Hamburger Menu Icon An icon used to represent a collapsed menu. Next An icon of an arrow pointing to the right. Notice An explanation mark centred inside a circle. Previous An icon of an arrow pointing to the left. Rating An icon of a star. Tag An icon of a tag. Twitter An icon of the Twitter logo. Video Camera An icon of a video camera shape. Speech Bubble Icon A icon displaying a speech bubble WhatsApp An icon of the WhatsApp logo. Information An icon of an information logo. Plus A mathematical 'plus' symbol. Duration An icon indicating Time. Success Tick An icon of a green tick. Success Tick Timeout An icon of a greyed out success tick. Loading Spinner An icon of a loading spinner.

Aberdeen Women defender Donna Paterson praises fan support after homecoming match at Pittodrie

Aberdeen Women defender and lifelong Reds fan was delighted with the support from fans as the women's team played at Pittodrie for the first time. Photo by Stephen Dobson/ProSports/Shutterstock
Aberdeen Women defender and lifelong Reds fan was delighted with the support from fans as the women's team played at Pittodrie for the first time. Photo by Stephen Dobson/ProSports/Shutterstock

Aberdeen Women defender and lifelong Dons fan Donna Paterson was happy to be on the receiving end of fan chants as she made her Pittodrie debut.

Paterson was named in the starting XI and played the full 90 minutes as the women’s team made their bow at Pittodrie against Rangers on Wednesday night.

And while it ended in a 2-0 defeat, it was a positive experience for the defender and her teammates.

The occasion meant even more to Paterson, as she graced the pitch that she grew up visiting as an Aberdeen fan.

But this time she was not the one shouting the ‘Come on you Reds’ chants – they were directed at her.

She said: “I think there was even a ‘Barmy Army’ chant.

“And when you’re normally shouting that on a Saturday, rather than the one being shouted at it – it was great.

“The fans did their job.”

The crowd were in full voice as they watched Aberdeen Women play at Pittodrie for the first time.

With almost 2,000 fans in Pittodrie, Paterson hopes that some of those fans will now start coming to watch the Dons at Balmoral Stadium – their usual home turf.

“There were people at Pittodrie who have probably thought ‘I’d never watch a women’s game of football’,” Paterson added.

“But now they have, and hopefully they enjoyed it and will come and support us at Balmoral, it’s all about trying to get more fans up there.

“Hopefully they can see that women’s football is on the up and it’s actually a decent game to watch.

“It’s all about growing the game.”

A team not fazed by the occasion

Aberdeen would have been forgiven if the occasion had got to them, but they looked resilient and disciplined – and had to be against a tough Rangers side.

The 2-0 scoreline is an improvement on the two side’s last meeting, with the Dons being on the receiving end of an 8-0 defeat back in October.

Aberdeen Women defender Donna Paterson clears a Ranger’s chance. Photo by Stephen Dobson/ProSports/Shutterstock

And Paterson reckons the game being played at Pittodrie helped boost the performance this time round, rather than hinder it.

She added: “I think the occasion helped us.

“It can go two ways, you either come out fighting or shy away.

“We’ve played Rangers before, and that last result was a bit of a doing.

“So to come out and to put that right, we wanted to do that.

“The occasion was a bonus – it definitely spurred us on.”

Already a subscriber? Sign in

[[title]]

[[text]]