Saturday 5th March KO 11.00am
Hearts U15 Girls V Celtic U15 Girls
At the excellent facility of Meadowmill playing fields, Hearts girls played Celtic in a pre season friendly. With the Celtic team having several Scottish internationalists in their ranks, it was always going to be a difficult game for a Hearts team playing with six new players in their starting line up.
The superb Celtic youngsters showed excellent skills to almost over run Hearts in the first 20 minutes. Only great defending and the Hearts keeper, Jennie Currie, herself a Scottish schools internationalist, kept the score at 1-0 after that period of time. Slowly Hearts started to get a bigger part of the game, but Celtic always looked dangerous and with only five minutes to go until half time Celtic managed to net another cracking effort. With one of their few forays into the Celtic half in the first period, the young Hearts player Jenna MacDonald, scored from a header via the underside of the bar from a Hearts corner.
Half Time: Hearts U15 Girls 1-2 Celtic U15 Girls
With both teams making changes for the second half, and Hearts changing to a more positive 4-4-2 formation. The Jambos had a lot more of the game and some excellent performances all over the park were stopping the Celtic players running up a big score.
With about fifteen minutes remaining, Celtic added a third goal and shortly after a fourth to show there overall superiority but the Hearts girls never gave up. Rachel Grieve, on her debut for Hearts scored with a fantastic run and finish to make it 4-2.
Unfortunately, with only six minutes to go, there was a sickening clash of heads between the Hearts second goal scorer Rachel Grieve and the Celtic captain where the game had to be stopped to give first aid to both girls. The Celtic captain recovered reasonably quickly, however the Hearts striker had to be taken to hospital with suspected concussion.
The game re-started and was a lot more even until Celtic scored the final goal of the match with seconds to go.
Hearts girls will not play a better team all season but both teams attitude and commitment was a great encouragement to the watching coaches and supporters. With recent bad publicity for the game it was fantastic to see how the players and coaches made sure the game was played in a great manner, with only encouragement and applause coming from the side lines. The game was a superb advert for the girls game, with players from both sides showing great skill, endeavour and sportsmanship.
Hearts 15s start their league campaign next week with a tough game, a derby away to Hibs 15s.
Full Time: Hearts U15 Girls 2-5 Celtic U15 Girls
Jenny Currie, Hannah Scott, Jo Waddell, Danielle Sheils, Kristy Purves, Gemma Mason (cap), Danielle Forsyth, Jenna Macdonald, Hannah Grieve, Nicole Rutherford, Rachel Grieve, Leah Boak, Jenny More, Sophie Cormack, Chantelle Hall, Emma North, Rachel Miller.