Aberdeen FC Ladies U15’s will make the trip to Toryglen for the Scottish Cup final this Saturday. The North-East side are set to face Celtic U15’s in what is sure to be a close contest. YFS caught up with coach, John Dickie, to reflect on their cup run and look ahead to the final.
Their cup campaign got off to a shaky start, narrowly grasping a 5-4 win in an exciting contest against Glasgow City back in April. Since then the North-East side have shown that they are a team to be reckoned with, defeating both Cumbernauld Colts and Westdyke Thistle with 4-0 wins, beating Celtic U14’s 3-2 in the quarter-finals, and securing their final spot with a 4-1 win against Forfar Farmington.
The U15’s side work in partnership with the senior team and Dickie feels that this opportunity is hugely beneficial to the players. He said, “We’ve been working with this group throughout, coaching and helping them develop. I have known all the players all the way up to now and it’s great to see them grow as footballers. Overall we’ve got a great collective spirit.”
On Saturday Aberdeen will take on Celtic U15’s and Dickie anticipates a tough contest. He said, “Celtic are a strong, experienced team. We played them in pre-season and it was close. We beat their U14’s in the quarter-final but that was close too. I suppose we might come into this as the underdogs.” He added, “We’re looking forward to Saturday. It’ll be a great occasion for everyone coming down and you never know what can happen on the day.”
The club have had a successful season having not only reached the Scottish Cup Final but also the North Regional Cup Final. Although they led 1-0 for much of the game, Deveronvale equalised in the second half and ultimately won the game 7-6 on penalties. Furthermore, Aberdeen are only one point away from securing the league title with two games still to play.
Dickie believes that the incentive to win on Saturday is even greater because it is the last time that all of the girls will play together at U15’s as some of the team will make the transition to U17’s next season. He said, “Some of the girls are still at under 14. They are learning a lot at the under 15 level, but as a group we are more than ready. My main aim is to keep as much of the group who have all developed together over the last 7 years, and keep their feet on the ground on Saturday.”
With an emphasis on team spirit and enjoyment of the game, it is no wonder that Aberdeen FC Ladies U15’s have had so much success this season. The final on Saturday is sure to be a close contest and an exciting occasion, and everyone at YFS wishes all those involved in the finals this weekend the best of luck.