Hibernian Player of the Match: Eilidh Adams
Winning the game for Hibs in the Scottish Youth Cup Finals, Eilidh Adams stood out on the day.
Although it was good teamwork overall, Adams exhibited great energy and skill in the game and this culminated in the sole goal in the second half that secured Hibs the game and ultimately the title.
While Adams and her teammates can be proud of her scoring the winning goal, Caley Gibb and Amy Hay also demonstrated solid efforts on the day but were unlucky in their attempts to score.
There was brilliant teamwork from the girls, with Adams often passing to Gibbs and Hay who marked players well and showed keen efforts throughout the match.
Yet, it was Adams that more often than not had possession of the ball and executed a clear goal, dodging around Hearts’ defence and swiftly shooting straight past the unwitting goalkeeper.
Racing around the pitch with lightning speed and always keeping a clear eye on the ball, Adams was a consistent contender in the match and this energy resulted in the brilliant goal in the second half. With rapid, deft movements, Adams was able to whiz the ball past Hearts’ strong defence.
After the goal from Adams, Hibs were buzzing with energy, invigorated by the amazing goal, they tried to score again and Adams and Gibbs often came close but time was against them.
After the winning goal, the pace of the game picked up and both teams were keen to score a goal but one goal it was to be and that was from the skilled young Eilidh Adams.
Even Hearts’ renewed efforts could not deter Adams and her team that persistently tried to score again, with Adams setting up the goal but to no avail as Hearts’ goalkeeper put up a strong defence.
Adams and her teammates can bask in the glory of victory and feel proud to win the Youth Cup Final for the under 15’s on an unrelentingly chilly November afternoon.
Hearts Girls Player of the Match: Eve Mooney
Hearts were unlucky in this 15s Scottish Cup final against Hibernian. As much as Hibs deserved to win the game, Hearts had some very positive moments in the game & some very good individual performances.
It was a hard selection for Hearts Girls player of the match however my selection is Eve Mooney based on her defensive qualities and putting in a good shift against Phoebe Friend, who I thought was very good for Hibs.
The left back was very positive on the ball for the Jambos and got things rolling for them. Hibernian were quite decent and quick going forward which meant that Hearts had to be very much on their toes.
Eve has still got a lot of learning to do however based on her respective showing in this cup final, she is a player to watch out for the future. Under 15s football is a very good level to perform on a national stage and a good performance in a Scottish Cup final will do her confidence the world of good. Under 15s football is also crucial for a players development leading up to adult football & she needs to learn from this and come back stronger.
Mooney just needs to take the positives from her own individual performance and also aspects of the performance from Hearts & she will be going on the right tracks moving forward in the future. Another positive note from Eve Mooney this afternoon was her willingness to drive up the park & help her team mates. It was a game in which Hearts were able to get up the park & be positive however Hibernian were a lot more alert with dealing with any threat from Hearts. Mooney showed good recovery when needed to help her team mates when Hibs came forward.
There were also good performances from Caitlyn Wilson who I thought had a good first half and was good at breaking up play plus also getting forward. She is another one who needs to look at the positives going forward. Emma McFadyen had a slow start to the game however she moved into a strikers role later in the game and looked a real threat for the Jambos when they were looking for a goal.
It wasn’t a game in which Hibernian really threatened the Hearts backline although it must be noted that Hibs had a few half chances which Alicia Yates dealt with well. She also had a few good saves in both halves.