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Scottish Power Youth Challenge Cup U14’s Round 2 Round-Up

On what was probably one of the hottest weekends of the year so far, the Second Round of the U14 SWF Youth Challenge Cup kicked off on pitches all over Scotland. With 32 teams all vying for a place in the last 16 of the Scottish Cup, it was going to be an exciting weekend. This round-up not only highlights the talent, but the growing number of clubs in our local communities run by volunteers week in week out who are thriving at grassroots level.

Well done to every player who stepped out onto the pitch over the weekend, to every parent and carer on the touchline supporting the team, and to the coaches who give up their time to support their players’ development and love of football.

If you are interested in joining a club, please search your local club’s name on any social media and reach out to them!

The Swifts Blues v Shotts Bon Accord Girls Blacks

FT: The Swifts Blues- 8 Shotts Bon Accord Girls Blacks- 0

The venue for this game was Dalgety Bay Sports Centre, and with temperatures reaching 20 degrees, it was going to be a tough game for both teams!

The Swifts Blues U14s had an early morning start at the Bay for their last round of 32 game in the Scottish Cup. When you reach this stage in the competition, you don’t always know what to expect playing teams outside of your region, all we could tell the girls was to give it everything and see how we get on. They certainly did that, the girls dominated both halves of the game and deserved to come in at half-time with more than a two-goal lead, second half, they made it comfortable, adding another 6 goals to come away with an 8-0 win. Olivia with four goals, Ava two, Erin one and an own goal rounded off the scoring today. The hard work on a really hot morning they put in got the rewards they deserved, with only 13 girls available, we couldn’t make as many changes as normal and players had to play longer without a break. No one gave up or stopped throughout the game, all across the pitch, there were brilliant hard working performances, the communication was better today and control of the ball was really good at times.

A huge well-done girls on getting into the last 16 of the Scottish Cup.

Forfar Farmington 14s v Turriff United Youth Girls

FT: Forfar Farmington 14s 2 – Turriff United Youth Girls 2

AET: Turriff win 5-3 on penalties

Turriff U14 girls made the trip down to Forfar this Saturday morning for the Scottish Cup Round of 32!

The game kicked off in the scorching sunshine as both teams settled into the tie. Turriff started the brighter & were keeping hold of the ball making their opponents work hard in the searing heat! Turriff’s fast start was rewarded after a brilliant link-up play between Macey and Ava saw them quickly exchange passes before Ava released Adele with pinpoint accuracy. Adele controlled neatly and fired home into the bottom corner 1-0 Turra.

The girls continued to dominate the first half and found themselves two goals to the good when Amelia ran on to Islas through ball & made no mistake with the finish to make it 2-0 Turra. The second half saw Forfar come into the game a bit more and get a goal back through their attacker although there could have been a hint of offside the goal stood to cut the deficit to 2-1. This goal gave Forfar hope and they continued to press the Turriff goal and made it 2-2 after Turriff failed to deal with a corner. Turriff had a chance to win it in the 90th minute when they were awarded a penalty after the defender was deemed to have handled the ball in the area, but unfortunately for her side, Ava’s penalty skimmed the top of the crossbar on the way over!

The 20 minutes of extra time came and went with neither team able to win it before the dreaded penalty shootout. Isla B scored a composed first penalty to settle nerves, Aaliyah saves a penalty to put Turriff firmly in the driving seat. Then successful kicks to follow from Adele, Imogen and Maddy were enough to win the tie 4-2 on penaltiess and brilliantly book their place in the last 16 of the Scottish Cup.

This game really had everything and we are so proud of each and everyone of this girls who worked so hard for each other.

Thank you to Forfar Farmington girls for hosting the game and providing well earned icicles and food and drinks after the game. All the best to you for the rest of your season.

Kintore United v Arbroath Youth Yellows

FT: Kintore United 1 v 1 Arbroath Youth Yellows.

AET: 5-4 win for Kintore on penalties.

                                                                                                                        *Photos by Kevin Taylor Photography*

Kintore coaches Tony Waldram, Steven Park & Roma McIntosh reflect on a very intense game from the first whistle with both teams battling well in the heat; “Was end to end play all game, a nail-biting experience. The girls are absolutely over the moon to progress to the next round of the Challenge Cup. Some of the best talent in Aberdeen and the Shire Today’s Player of the Match who got through a tremendous amount of work up top and didn’t stop chasing lost causes all day long. “I lost count of the number of throw-in’s and corners she won for us simply by chasing and hassling their defenders into mistakes.  She set up the early goal for Katie and deserved to get on the scoresheet with the amount of running she did in that heat.”,“The most important save of the day”.
playing today. Always a difficult game when it goes to penalties.”

St Mirren Women & Girls Academy v Winchburgh Albion

FT: St Mirren Women & Girls Academy- 3 Winchburgh Albion- 3

AET: St Mirren Women & Girls Academy- 3 Winchburgh Albion- 4

Winchburgh Albion travelled through to Mossedge Village to play St. Mirren for an early kickoff, with temperatures reaching 22 degrees at kick-off.  The game started evenly, with both teams easing their way into the game, and both goalkeepers made smart saves early in the game to keep their sides level. On the stroke of half-time, St Mirren grabbed the lead with a good finish.  Straight from the kickoff, Winchburgh were back on level terms with a through ball from Milane for Amy to finish bang on halftime. The second half was similar to the first half, with both teams playing some cracking football, In the 51st minute winchburgh were reduced to 10 players with a straight red to their right back. After a change of formation and personnel, St Mirren eventually made their player advantage count with two quickfire goals in the 58th and 60th minutes to give them a 3-1 lead with ten minutes remaining.  Again Winchburgh took centre and scored instantly to make it 3-2. Winchburgh huffed and puffed and started pushing more and more players forward, St Mirren had a few half chances to put the game out of reach before Amy completed her hat trick with a goal on the counter to take the game to extra time. 

The first half of extra time was a pretty cagey affair, with both teams not wanting to lose. The second half was more end-to-end, with St Mirren having a few chances, but Emma and Amy had two massive chances to win it before the lottery of penalties, With a minute to play, Amy was released down the right from Milane. Amy beat a player cut onto her right foot and hit it early with a strike across the keeper into the bottom corner to win it for Winchburgh. 

Player of the Match: Full team effort

Coaches word: To come to St Mirren and play against a proper good team with ten players for 50 minutes in that heat, two goals down with ten minutes to play, then to go on and win it in extra time was incredible. We cannot be prouder of our girls today.

St Mirren reflect on an exciting game. In a very even first half, with both teams cancelling each other out, it was only until the final minutes of the first half that we broke the deadlock, only for Winchburgh to immediately reply making it 1-1 at the break. The second half started in the same manner before our opponents were reduced to ten players, after receiving a red card. We took advantage of the extra man and raced into a 3-1 lead, but as in the first half, Winchburgh responded immediately after our 3rd goal to make it 3-2. It was a nail-biting finish to the game with the referee adding 12 minutes of injury time, due to us losing five of our players to injuries during the game, which allowed Winchburgh to grab the equaliser with the last kick of the ball. Extra time was more of the same, both teams going for the winner and as the game was seconds away from going to penalties, Winchburgh got the winner. Fair play to both sets of girls for putting on a great show, in scorching temperatures for the crowd. We are really proud of our girls who had to cope with playing in unnatural positions, to cover for their injured teammates and were so close to keep their Scottish Challenge Cup journey going. We wish Winchburgh all the best for the next round and for the rest of their season.

Our focus now turns back to league & league cup action, as we look to continue our great
start to the season.

Phoenix U14 Pinks v Glasgow Girls FC-14s

FT: Phoenix U14 Pinks- 2 Glasgow Girls FC-14s- 6

Phoenix Pinks’ goal scorers were Anna and Chloe.

Player of the Match was Anna.

Athena Glasgow U14s v Cumbernauld Colts Blue

FT: Athena Glasgow U14s- 3 Cumbernauld Colts Blue- 9

The last 32 of the Youth Challenge Cup saw Athena Glasgow U14s at home to Cumbernauld Colts, Two Tier 1 teams one from the West Region and One from the Central Region. Athena started the match sharp with an early goal, which really gave them confidence. Athena went up 3-0 and then lost a goal from a fantastic corner from Cumbernauld Colts.

Athena came in at half-time full of confidence after a great first-half display but knew the game was far from over. They had to go out second half and give even more, making a few changes at half-time to freshen things up. Both teams came out ready to go knowing the next goal in the game was going to be a big one and Athena Glasgow managed to get it with the substitutes injecting some energy into the team on such a hot day. Cumbernauld Colts scored another two, one penalty and another from a corner, but Athena Glasgow kept in control and went on to win 9-3 to take them into the last 16.

Two POTM today for Athena Glasgow, Macy, who injected energy into the second half down the right side, showing great skill and a fantastic assist. And also Anehita who covered every inch of the pitch, scoring some class goals.

Athena Glasgow Coach said, “We were very pleased with that performance from the girls today, they played with real heart and desire throughout, some of the football was a joy to watch, and you could really see they were enjoying it.”

Cumbernauld Colts, no doubt about it are a good side with some very good talent throughout, and we wish them all the very best for the rest of the season.

Bo’ness United Community Football Club v Bonnyrigg Rose Girls 14s Red

FT: Bo’ness Utd 0-6 Bonnyrigg Rose Reds

Milton Girls v Inverness Caledonian Thistle WFC 14s

FT: Milton Girls 7-1 Inverness Caledonian Thistle

Buchan Braves v SCYC CALEY

FT: Buchan Braves 8-0 St Cadoc’s Caley

Renfrew Girls FC v Hamilton Academical 14s Regional

FT: Renfrew 1-6 Hamilton

Glasgow City 14s v Rossvale 14s Reds

FT: Glasgow City 5-1 Rossvale Reds

Morton Girls 14s Blue v Aberdeen West End Girls FC

FT: Morton Blues 0-1 Aberdeen West End

Dundee West 14s Reds v Motherwell FC Girls Academy Under 14s

FT: Dundee West Reds 5-3 Motherwell

Stirling Albion Junior Academy U14 Red v Deveronvale Girls U14

FT: Stirling Albion Reds 7-0 Deveronvale

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