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T.A.S.S. Thistle Girls Under 13’s made history on Saturday as they became the first girls team in the club’s 27 year history to win a trophy.
Thistle took on Dumfries knowing that a win would take them top and ahead of East Kilbride and from the outset they looked hungry to make the title their own. After 2 minutes Rebecca Galt found Melissa Pirrie wide on the right, Pirrie skipped past a defender and fired a low ball in for Amy Cox to tap home.
The lead was doubled soon after when Naeve Wilson stabbed the ball into the net after the goalkeeper struggled to deal with a corner.
Thistle continued their dominance as the tricky Pirrie again dragged the defence wide and was able to supply a cross to an unmarked Cox who tapped in to make it 3-0 after 10 minutes.
Dumfries did not look shaken despite the score-line and Kirsten Laing was proving a thorn in the side of the opposition with her running and skill. Laing caused problems as she passed three Thistle defenders before going 1-on-1 with the goalkeeper who managed to pull off an important save.
Some direct distribution from the ‘keeper allowed Thistle’s girls to break and they won a throw far up the pitch. The throw caused chaos in the defence and in amongst a sea of bodies and with some help from the post Rhiannon Millar made it 4-0.
The fifth goal followed soon after as Pirrie, who had been the provider for two earlier goals, found the net. Her shot from a tough angle found the far corner of the net.
Pirrie doubled her tally for the afternoon as she played a neat one-two with Wilson before finishing for Thistle’s sixth.
Dumfries made a substitution, introducing Linzi Howat for Bryony Bogie. The fresh legs seemed to make a difference as Dumfries upped the tempo. The troublesome Laing causing problems again this time she was brought down and Dumfries won a free-kick. The set piece however was fired over the bar.
When you’re on form everything seems to go your way and that was certainly the case for Thistle. Lauren Pollock had a shot from far out, the ball took an awkward bounce and caught out Siofra Eggo in the Dumfries goal making it 7-0 at half time for Thistle.
Half Time: Tass Thistle Girls 7-0 Dumfries Girls
The second half continued in very much the same vein. Wilson doubled her goal tally for the afternoon as she made it two for her and 8 for Thistle not long after the kick off.
Dumfries clawed one back as they were awarded a penalty. Kelsey Yard stepped up and dispatched the spot-kick low and hard into the corner.
The goal buoyed the Dumfries girls as Thistle went quiet. Dumfries moved fluidly on the break and made it 8-2 as Yard scored her second.
Both teams made hard work of the second half as tiredness seemed to kick in.
As the match petered out towards the end Thistle remained on top but seemed unable to add to their lead.
A strong performances by the newly crowned champions ensured they won the league in style. Dumfries’ girls never let the morale drop under very difficult circumstances and credit to them for applauding their opponents as they embarked on a victory lap after the final whistle.
Full Time: Tass Thistle Girls 8-2 Dumfries Girls