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Five star Hearts see off brave Forfar

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Hearts Girls
Forfar Farmington Eagles
Dodds 7
Hutchison 13, 28
Welch 18, 25


13's SWF Youth Cup - Quarter Final
Meadowmill Sports Centre
08 September 2013
Hearts remained on track for their second successive 13's SWF Youth Cup final after seeing off a spirited fight from Forfar Farmington Eagles. A first half goal spree saw the Lothians outfit open the scoring through Jennifer Dodds, before Allanis Hutchison and Naomi Welch both scored twice to open up a five goal margin. A resolute Forfar side kept a clean sheet in the second half, but it was Hearts who advanced to the final four of the national cup competition.

A journey that begins in April and ends with a showpiece match at Toryglen in November, the SWF Youth Cup is the pinnacle of the domestic calendar for girls teams across Scotland. Both of these quarter finalists were given a first round bye, putting them straight into the last thirty-two of the competition. Forfar Farmington progressed with a 4-1 victory over Bayside, whereas Hearts edged out Rangers 3-2. Round three again saw Forfar triumph against Fife opposition, 6-3 winners away to East Fife violets. Hearts on the other hand had no problems seeing off FC Kilmarnock by a convincing margin.
The sun shone down on an excellent playing surface at Meadowmill Sports Centre in East Lothian, as the game got underway. Hearts didn't waste much time in taking control of the match, firing a couple of warnings, before taking the lead in the 6th minute. A fantastic turn on the right wing sent Allanis Hutchison clear of her marker. The cross eluded attackers and defenders inside the area, but was met by Jennifer Dodds at the back post, who made no mistake with the finish.
Following the early strike the game developed into a pattern, with Hearts enjoying more of the ball and hitting their visitors with wave after wave of attack. However, Forfar stuck to their defensive guns admirably, mopped things up, and looked dangerous on the counter. The first chance of note for the Angus side came when a speedy break worked the ball to the feet of Chloe Rielly, who cut inside and shot, but couldn't find the power to trouble Lee McColl in the Hearts goal.
Hutchison was having a lot of joy on the wing, causing problems for Forfar with her pace and tricky. Another well executed cross found Naomi Welch, who couldn't steer the ball into the net at the front post. However, a minute later, Hutchison herself drilled the ball into the right hand corner from 15 yards to double her side's advantage.
Five minutes later Hearts were firmly in the driving seat, thanks to goal number three. This time the left wing was the source, as Dodds beat her marker before picking out Welch inside the area. The forward spun her marker expertly before tucking the ball into the bottom left hand corner.

Despite most of their attention being focused on stifling Hearts' attacking prowess, Forfar were still determined to find a way onto the scoresheet themselves. Cali Roberts was the latest to go close, showing fantastic footwork and deception to cut in from the left corner flag and whistle a shot inches past the right hand post.

With the half in its latter stages, Hearts went in for the kill. Welch latched onto a through pass, goal side of her marker, and was floored after a tangle of legs - which resulted in the award of a penalty kick. Welch stepped up herself and although Holly Milne was able to block the shot, the Hearts forward followed up and blasted the ball into the net for her second of the match.
One final attack for the girls in maroon lead to the final goal of the half. Another smart finish from Hutchison left Milne with no chance and gave the home side a comfortable lead going into the break.

Half Time: Hearts Girls 5-0 Forfar Farmington Eagles
Visiting the home patch of last year's Scottish Cup finalists, five goals down at half time, many neutrals would have feared the worst for the visitors from Angus. However, from the first whistle of the second half, the away side played with a renewed sense of urgency. Possession was divided more evenly, as was territory, as Forfar matched their hosts stride for stride.
At the heart of the Forfar resurgence was the defensive display of Jessica McGregor. The centre half was in inspired form - winning tackles, making interceptions and driving her team forward into the Hearts half.
Roberts remained an exciting prospect for Forfar, and possibly their best source of a goal.  The skillful forward wasn't shy to shoot either, forcing McColl to pull off a full stretch diving save to prevent the ball from sneaking into the bottom right hand corner.
At the other end, Hearts were still a threat, although Farmington's solid defensive unit were forcing them to try their luck from distance. It was a challenge the Hearts girls relished, with Sophie Mauriello driving a powerful effort narrowly over the crossbar. Welch got in on the act too, executing another exquisite turn, before clipping the bar with a shot which had Milne rooted to the spot.
Another of the second half's star performers was Milne. The Forfar goalkeeper had been given little chance by Hearts in the first half, with one deadly finish after another. However after the break Milne came into her own, commanding her box well and pulling off half a dozen solid saves.
Both sides continued to create chances and battle for every ball until the final whistle, but the clocked ticked away and the second half finished scoreless. It was to Forfar's credit that they stemmed the tide, however the scoreline offered a fair reflection on the match as a whole, with Hearts deserved winners.
Forfar Farmington Eagles return to league action, hoping to finish the season strongly in the SWF East Region's Angus/Dundee section. For Hearts, their dream of a return to Toryglen and retaining the South East league and cup double remains alive. An exciting couple of months lie ahead for the members of the talented team from Edinburgh and the Lothians.
Full Time: Hearts Girls 5-0 Forfar Farmington Eagles


Hearts Girls Forfar Farmington Eagles
1. Lee McColl
2. Kayza Stevens
3. Holly Aitchison
4. Naomi Welch
5. Holly Flett
6. Lauryn McKinnon
7. Ruth Quill
8. Alannis Hutchison
9. Sophie Mauriello
10. Jennifer Dodds
11. Helena Todd
12. Tegan McLean
1. Holly Milne
2. Caitlyn McFarlane
3. Amanda Leigh Hay
4. Cara Hawes
6. Lauren Durward
7. Cali Roberts
8. Jessica McGregor
9. Chloe Rielly
11. Rebecca McMillan
12. Kerys Donoghue
The first half attacking play of Allanis Hutchison was a joy to watch. She notched two goals and an assist for her efforts.
Jessica McGregor was a rock at the back throughout, coming into her own in the second half.
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