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Rogers scoops top Culter Youth FC U12's prize

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Could the North East see another great player come out of its ranks? In the last decade we’ve seen Mintlaw born Kim Little go and play for Arsenal Ladies and score 81 goals in 93 apperances in a 5 year period. Before she made the switch over to USA to play for Seattle Reign FC and has currently found the net on 11 occasions from 12 games.
 
If girls football are looking for fresh talent to come onto the scene within the next decade then look no further than Emma Rogers who plays for Aberdeen Ladies Under 13s as well as Culter Cobras Under 12s.
 
Emma has been rewarded for her displays during the season with Culter in the ADJFA leagues by winning their player of the year, a terrific achievement and something positive to take into the future.
 
Cobras coach Colin Scott explained his delight at Emma getting the award by saying “This award was actually nominated by the players themselves so it’s good to see Emma’s performances haven’t gone unnoticed, i’m well chuffed for Emma and really pleased that she got it as she spends so much time playing football for us and also Aberdeen Ladies.
 
“Emma is a completely different player to the one we seen we she arrived at the club, she’s a very good listener and is very dedicated to playing her football.
 
“I would like to think she has a good future in the game, she has developed a lot with playing with us at Culter and also at Aberdeen and I’ve got to praise the Dons as they have developed Emma on a lot, she also won the player of the year there last year.
 
“Emma doesn’t see it as a boys game which is a good thing, she just sees it as a game of football, there’s been some teams this season misjudged Emma in games after 10 minutes just because of her sex."
 
Culter will be making their bow into playing competitive football next season and Colin added into how they’ve prepared for the campaign ahead, “We’ve been playing in the C grade this season and we’ve held our own, we’ve won our last 5 games with just the one defeat in between that.
 
“Playing 11 a side football next season will be a big culture shock for the players however i’m confident that they’ll do well, we’ve played a couple of 11 a side friendlies against B & C league sides and have had a few heavy defeats.
 
“It’s different playing 4 in defence instead of 2, we will just have to wait and see what comes out for us in the Batt Cables Trophy and what grade we end up into, there will be a lot of changes for us.”

David Reid | YFS North Region Journalist
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