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Murieston book semi slot after Hearts thriller

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Hearts Girls
Murieston United 
Henderson (2)
Evans (2)
Falconer (3)


SWF Youth Cup - Quarter Final
Foresters Park, Tranent.


By Craig Wilson
YFS Regionname Region Reporter
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The quarter final tie between Hearts and Murieston United was simply a great game and a credit to Girls’ football. A big crowd was in attendance at the match played on the 3G at Forester Park in Tranet.

The game started well and it wasn’t long until the deadlock was broken and it was by the home side. Good play wide by Hearts winger Nicola Rutherford set up striker Nadean Henderson who volleyed home.

Murieston soon turned things round and it was the impressive Lauren Evans who levelled the tie before Danielle Falconer gave them the lead going in at the break.

Half Time: Hearts 1-2 Murieston United

The second half action continued in the same vein as the first. Both sides knocked the ball around confidently and the Murieston side especially seemed to create chances at will. Evans had a shot blocked as she rounded the Hearts goalkeeper which led to a corner. And it was from the resulting corner that Murieston extended their lead. Evans was picked out by Falconer, a common theme it seemed, and headed powerfully into the net.

Hearts to their credit kept going and a great strike by Simone McMahon brought them back in the tie. A corner was cleared only as far as McMahon who curled the ball expertly into the top corner of the net. Chances were a plenty as the game opened up even further with Hearts throwing everything at Murieston. In this spell both goalkeepers were called into action regularly and both impressed.

With minutes remaining Hearts grabbed a late equaliser. The impressive Brogan Anderson who came on as a substitute found herself in on goal but at a tight angle, the strikers shot hit the post and fell nicely for Henderson who got her second goal of the game to take the tie into extra time.

Full Time: Hearts 3-3 Murieston United

As extra time started you really didn’t know which way this game would go. Both sides were beginning to look weary but still kept playing good football.

Hearts came close when Anderson shot just over but it was Murieston who were back in front when Falconer skipped a few challenges before curling a shot past the Hearts ‘keeper. Hearts again attempted to respond and Rutherford had a shot well saved by Jenna Fife in the Murieston goal.

Hearts had further attempts but Murieston seemed to be standing firm. Into the second half of extra time and Murieston this time sealed their place in the Semi Finals. Falconer was found by Rachel Gourlay and found the net. Then an excellent solo goal by Kirsten Frew clinched a 6-3 win for her side.

This was a truely great game and Murieston should not be taken lightly by whoever they face in the semi finals.

Final Result: Hearts 3-6 Murieston United (AET)

Hearts Girls Murieston United
1. Jeni Currie
2. Alex Baraclough
3. Simone McMahon
4. Joanna Waddell
5. Gemma mason
6. Rachel Grieve
7. Hannah Grieve
8. Lauren Kerr
9. Louise Pearce
10. Lucia Antonacci
12. Carly Noble
14. Leah Boak
15. Nicola Rutherford
16. Nadean Henderson 
18. Danielle Forsyth
19. Brogan Anderson
20. Katie Hannam
1. Jenna Fife
2. Leah Cutkelvin
3. Fiona Boslem
4. Jayde Conroy
5. Rachel Thomson
6. Katie Hay
7. Kirsten Frew
8. Danielle Falconer
9. Demi Lee Falconer
10. Lauren Evans
11. Bianca Murphy
12. Rachel Gourlay
14. Racheal Brown
16. Katie Morrison

Nadean Henderson was always a threat and got two goals to help her side.
Almost everything went through Lauren Evans who also got a double.
Charles Pearce - Head Coach of Hearts said: "A great game played by both sides, credit and all the best to Murieston in the semi finals."
Ryan Davidson - Head Coach of Murieston said: "It was a great game, both teams went for it and I'm delighted for the girls."
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Craig Wilson

Craig Wilson | YFS South East Region Journalist
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