“Football isn’t a matter of life and death, it’s much more important than that.” For many, losing a cup final can be one of the lowest moments in football. For Hearts Under 13s however, an emotional year off the pitch has meant that today’s 2-0 loss to Celtic in the SWF Girls Scottish Cup Final pales into insignificance.
Hearts coach Scott Wood’s son, Kyle, passed away in April this year, and attended all of the games. Wood and McDonald have been friends for forty years and have been involved in coaching the young Jambo’s for a number of seasons.
Speaking after the match, Head Coach Colin McDonald said “Despite a bitterly disappointing result, its been a great season all round. We said to the girls after the game that we couldn’t fault their effort and desire, and It’s just a shame that today was by far the worst we’ve played all season by a country mile.
"Some of the touches and the passing were so unlike us, and overall I just feel that the occasion got to us a little bit. It’s bitterly disappointing that the kids that we know that are really good players, just didn’t really perform as well as we and they know they can. We live and learn though, they’ll move up to 15s and they’ll progress as players because we have some fantastic footballers who, unfortunately, didn’t do themselves justice today."
Hearts defeated Rangers, Glasgow City and Central on the road to the final, and McDonald explained “Had we performed at even 80% of how we played in the Glasgow City and Central games then I think we could’ve won fairly comfortably.
"In that respect, it’s disappointing not to reach the level we know we can. We try to coach them the right way; to pass and move, but unfortunately today we didn’t settle into our passing game today."
The Edinburgh side were hoping to complete the Scottish treble, having already secured the league and league cup double. Having won the Kim Little league with an 8 point margin, they also secured the League Cup.
Clearly disappointed by the result but not disheartened by the performance McDonald summed up his side’s season “Losing a game like that is completely irrelevant, a couple of the girls are crying in the dressing room and I’ve just tried to put it in perspective that, on the grand scale of things, losing a game of football isn’t all that important. The girls have a right to be upset, but there are far bigger and better things to be upset about.”