By Craig Wison
YFS South East Region Reporter
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A day of league cup finals at the Spartans academy was excellently attended and the day itself was thoroughly enjoyable one.
The game between Hibernian FC Girls 15’s and Falkirk FC Girls 15’s was one of the tightest matches on show and ended with Hibs being victorious and lifting the South East Region League Cup.
The two sides went into the match high on confidence thanks to excellent league and league cup form to date. Falkirk topped the league table, whereas Hibs boasted a 100% record with the opportunity to overtake the Bairns should they win their games in hand. It was a similar story in the League Cup - Falkirk edged out Spartans to top Group A, whereas Hibs didn't drop a point in their Group B success.
The game started in a lively fashion and the first chance fell to Kerry Anne Charles. Team mate Fern Newbigging successfully battled with Hibs defender Kelsey Boyle and fed Charles but the strike was narrowly wide of the post. In the early stages it was Falkirk who seemed more threatening and they had the majority of the ball in this period. That was until against the run of play Hibs grabbed the lead. A Hibs corner broke to Caitlin Russell and she made no mistake expertly dispatching her shot into the top corner of the net.
Falkirk responded quickly. They first of all had a shot from Carrie Louise Stodart saved by Kirsty Jefferies and soon afterwards they did get an equaliser. Newbigging’s corner from the right was parried by Jefferies before Jessica Murphy up from defence headed the ball home.
At half time the game was poised perfectly and the girls emerged from the changing rooms determined to get the goal needed to win the cup.
Half Time: Falkirk FC Girls 1-1 Hibernian Girls
Samantha Kerr was first to try get the goal when her lob was saved by Jefferies. Hibs Lauren Watters then went close. She found some space at the edge of the area but her shot just fired wide. Hibs soon though did get the advantage. Ellie Fairgrieve it was who fired the ball beyond the Falkirk goalkeeper Sophie Laird. Hibs sub Caitlin Hall then came close, she pushed her way through a host of defenders but shot into the side netting.
Hibs were now dominating. Hall again tested the Falkirk defence. This time her volley for a corner was superbly blocked on the line by Abbie Trotter who somehow managed to head the ball onto her own post and away.
Falkirk shuffled their pack in a bid to get the ball in the Hibs half and with a switch to a back three they created a couple of openings. Charles almost got in but smart and sharp goalkeeping by Jefferies was good enough to deny the striker. Falkirk threw the ball into the Hibs box at any opportunity but like in the first half they just came short when it came to creating a real goalscoring chance.
To the delight of the Hibs girls the whistle soon went and celebrations began for the victorious side. Credit to both teams though, who played the game the right way and gave everything for the cause.
The Falkirk side was full of players who had been part of the 13's Scottish Cup winning squad and this team will no doubt be a force to be reckoned with at the 15's age group over the coming season and a half. However the day belonged to Hibs, who lifted to the League Cup trophy for the second successive year much to the delight of their support.
Full Time: Falkirk FC Girls 1-2 Hibernian Girls
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Updated 12:18 - 1 Jul 2013 by User 563914