Musselburgh Windsor U13s Girls started the 2017 season with a very young squad and coaches Rab Taylor and Michael Windram’s expectations for this season were to consolidate a top five spot in a very strong First Division. What transpired was an unbelievable season, which saw the girls perform well above what anyone expected - both parents and coaches alike.
With youth on their side they started their league campaign, League Cup and Scottish Cup journey -hoping for a good run in the cups along with a top five placing in the League. This, however, was to be a quite incredible season for the Windsor U13s Girls.
As the summer break loomed they sat 2nd in the league, 3 points behind Hearts with just one defeat in their first 7 games. They had made it to the last 16 of the Scottish Cup beating Celtic and Motherwell along the way before being knocked out by Bayside U13s in a fantastic game, eventually losing out 2-1.
The League Cup journey took them to the final against Hearts FC, where after being 3-1 down 5 minutes before half time, they pulled it back to 3-3. Ultimately, with just seconds left in the game and heading for extra time, Windsor Girls lost a goal to become runners up in what was a great advert for the Girls game.
It had been a fantastic Cup journey, in which they had come so close. However, the girls were not disappointed and showed a fantastic resilience to come back and push a very strong Hearts side all the way. They may not have won the League Cup, but they certainly were not disgraced, rather proud to have made it so far.
Onto the second half of the League campaign, and after some shuffling by the League Committees and teams moving leagues they went on a 6-game unbeaten run to sit top of the League - 5 points clear.
The league looked to be a 3-horse race between Musselburgh Windsor, Boroughmuir Thistle and Hearts. Next up for Musselburgh Windsor was an away game against Hearts with the opportunity to put some distance between the two.
The game had a very cagey start with both teams maybe feeling the pressure and nervous not to make a mistake. Hearts took the lead in the first half, but Windsor fought back and took the lead just before half time. After half time they took the game to Hearts and scored 2 early second half goals to make it 4-1.
Hearts then scored in the last 10 mins of the game to close the gap, but as they pushed forward to get a goal back in the last 5 minutes, Windsor broke away to score a 5th and held out to win the game 5-2.
Coach Michael Windram said:
‘I think this was the moment that the Windsor Girls realised that they could do something special this season’
With just 2 games to go and 6 points clear of Boroughmuir Thistle, the league was theirs to lose. The final two games were both tough games and they had to come back from a goal down in both but once again they pulled together and got the wins they needed, finishing the second half of the season undefeated with 9 straight wins to secure the Kim Little South-East Performance 1st Division Title.
With 2 league titles in 3 years and a League Cup Final this season the girls can be very proud of what they have achieved, as are coaches Rab Taylor and Michael Windram, their Parents and Musselburgh Windsor FC.
Perhaps the most impressive part of their title win is that Musselburgh Windsor are the first team other than Hibs or Hearts to win the Kim Little trophy since the leagues inception 6 years ago.
The girls were presented with the league trophy and medals at their presentation evening in front of the entire section at Musselburgh Windsor Girls - a fitting way to celebrate their success.
The 2017 U13s squad pictured above
Back Row Left to Right :Orla Thomas, Freyja Bjarnason, Megan Wood, Caitlin Armstrong, Eilidh Smith, Rachel Fleming, Sarah Knox, Shakira Law