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Monday, 17 June 2013 23:00

Windsor Girls take home the gold

Written by  Michael Windram
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On the back drop of Edinburgh Castle on Princess Streets Ross Bandstand the Edinburgh Street Football Festival's inaugural event, organised by Edinburgh based organisation 'Homeless World Cup', took place from June 13-16th.

The event was set up to raise awareness of the Homeless World Cup so the Ross Bandstand was transformed into a mini football stadium where primary schools, local businesses, youth projects and local 13's girls teams were invited to play.

The girls event consisted of Murieston United ,Fernieside FC, Hearts FC and two Musselburgh Windsor teams. The format of the tournament was 4v4 with 12 minute matches. It went to a penalty decider in the event of a draw

Saturday was drawn up as a league format with each team playing four games. The top four teams progressed to Sunday's knock-out stages.

By Saturday at 6:15pm all the games had been completed and the semi final draw had been determined. Musselburgh Windsor's first team vs Hearts FC Girls and Musselburgh Windsor's second team were to take on Murieston United of West Lothian.

The first semi final went the way of Musselburgh Windsor's first team as they beat Hearts to progress to the final.

The second semi final went the way of Murieston as they edged out Musselburgh Windsor's second team to set up a final against their Windsor counterparts.

First there was a 3rd and 4th play-off game between Hearts FC and Musselburgh Windsor's second team. With the two teams locked in a 3-3 draw at full time the tie went to penalties. Hearts came out victious to secure third place.

The final was a close encounter as the game flowed back and forward between Murieston and Windsor. It was a thriller with twelve goals as Musselburgh Windsor triumphed in the end to pick up the inaugural Edinburgh Street Football Trophy.

The weather held out well and all of the teams involved enjoyed participating to the fantastic football on show. There was no shortage of goals from all the girls teams - 199 in total across the tournament.

A well organised tournament which the the Street Football organisers hope to become and annual event.

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