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Murieston United crowned champions after closely contested Joelle Murray league campaign

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After a closely contested season in the South East Joelle Murray u17s League it was Murieston United who emerged as champions.
The team won four of their six league games to secure the title, edging out nearest rivals Boroughmuir Thistle by just three points.
Things did not get off to the best of starts for Murieston as they opened the season with a disappointing 2-0 defeat away to Boroughmuir, but quickly recovered a week later, securing an impressive 5-0 victory away to Bonnyrigg Rose.
United sealed the title with one game to spare after a 3-0 win at home to Bonnyrigg, securing the title.
Youth Football Scotland caught up with Murieston United coach Stephen Hegarty for his thoughts on his sides successful season.
"It feels great to be the league champions, especially as we had to use a lot of our young u15s to bolster our u17s squad, I think its not just a credit to the girls but to the whole girls and ladies section coaches up at Murieston United as we all work as a team with, to be honest, very few disagreements. We like to have all of our girls clubs interests at heart, not just the ones we individually coach. For a team from outside the capital city to win the championship as well is a great feeling as there were some very tough opponents.
"Our players were fantastic last season and gave me 100% every week, you can't ask for any more than that and I was thrilled to bits with not just the effort they put in, but the fact they always tried to play football in the right manner by playing it on the deck and with good passing, we're a good team to watch. 
"The most pleasing part of last season was the girls attitudes, never once did any of these girls let themselves, their coaches or their parents down, when we were getting beat, they dug in and always tried to pull it back, fantastic attitudes from all of them.
"Toughest moments of the season were overcoming injuries, we lost a couple of key players to injury early in the season along with possibly our main goal threat as she decided to move up to our newly formed ladies team, despite having a full season of 17s football left. We also lost our goalkeeper halfway through the season but were very lucky to get another one in so quickly. 
Aims for next season to try and beef my team up a wee bit!! We have 10 stepping up from the u15s and while a few of these girls played last season, its a massive step for some of the others, we may not be the biggest physically but these girls can hold their own if any rough stuff starts.
"Its a tough ask but I would also like to keep our league title!! We know the 17s league will be a lot tougher this year round and as league champions, we'll be the team everyone wants to beat but I think myself and the girls will relish that challenge as after all, if your not in it to win it then whats the point?!"
Congratulations to Murieston United and the best of luck for next season!
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