Motherwell Girls are currently at the halfway point of their season and are leading the way in the under-13s Leanne Ross League. At our recent Youth Football Scotland Open Night, we managed to catch up with coach Susie MacLellan and important first-team player Macy Macvarish to find out how the season has gone so far and what their ambitions are for the remaining matches.
Motherwell have been fantastic in the first half of the season and MacLellan was quick to sing the praises of her talented squad: "So far we’ve won seven games, lost one and drew one, so we’re competing at a high standard – it’s our first competitive season so we’re hoping to progress for next season as well."
Despite sitting top of the league, MacLellan was keen to highlight that the girls have learned more from defeat than victory: "Earlier in the season we played Celtic’s 13s [in the Scottish Cup] and suffered a heavy defeat, but the reaction of the players throughout the game was great, their work rate was second to none. At the next training session we worked on the mistakes we made, in the next game we put our training into practice and won the game comfortably – so it really shows the girls can learn from tough matches.”
MacLellan and the squad are looking positively towards the remainder of the season and are well one course to achieve their start-of-season objectives. He said: "We sat down at the start of the season as a group to discuss where we wanted to be at the end of the season and we all agreed that finishing in the top three would be an excellent achievement. Obviously being top with six or seven games left it would be great to win it but I think if we’ve reached the top three, we’ve achieved our goal."
YFS also spoke to defender Macvarish who, having played for the club for just over a year, gave us her personal thoughts on the season. "The season has been good so far, we’ve won a few games and only lost two [one in the league and one in the cup] so it has been good to play this year," Macvarish said.
Macvarish then told us what she liked most about being part of such a big club. “I really enjoy the experience of meeting other players and I love the training ground which is right in front of Fir Park, so it’s really good to see the stadium while we train.”
Finally, Macvarish was asked what she would say to persuade an aspiring player to join Motherwell and she offered a great overview of the club: “It is a great team to be part of, at the end of the day if we play as a team, we will win as a team, that’s what we do as a club.”