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Hearts see off Central to reach third successive final

Central Girls FA 2

McIntosh, McEachran

Hearts Girls 4

Welch (2), Black, McAlonie
  • Sunday, 05 October 2014
  • Stirling University
  • 13's Girls
  • SWF Scottish Cup - Semi Final
Central Girls Football Academy and Hearts Girls met at the University of Stirling on the 05/10/2014 in the semi-final of the Scottish Cup. It what was a great game for the neutral with Hearts winning 4-2 to reach their third successive national final at this age group.
The game started at a fast pace with the Hearts players testing Claire Whitaker who responded with some very good saves. However this pressure would result in the first goal of the game. It came after five minutes from Hearts captain Naomi Welch after showing great technique to dribble past the Central Girls’ goalkeeper and finish calmly.
With Hearts on top and Naomi Welch dictating play the Central Girls were having their best chances from set pieces. And after a great corner from Central’s Taylor Rose Hamill, which was well finished by Kirstie McIntosh, Central made the game 1-1 halfway through the first half. 
However Hearts replied quickly after a fantastic run from Tia-Louise Munro who assisted Caitlin Black who finished well.
This was followed soon after with another Hearts goal after the ball broke loose in the Central Girls’ penalty area allowing for Michaela McAlonie to capitalize - making the score 3-1 at half time.
  • Half Time:
  • Central Girls FA
  • 1-3
  • Hearts Girls
As the second half began Hearts continued to look impressive despite Central defending well. However the game changed on the 50th minute as Hearts had a player sent off for an off the ball incident.
This would lead to Central now dictating the play and keeping the ball well using their player advantage. And this showed as Central’s number eleven Chelsea McEachran slid in after good play from Central - finishing in the top corner bringing the sides closer at 3-2.
With Central now on top, Hearts broke away to win a free kick just outside of their opposition’s box. In a very important time in the game and with Hearts clinging onto their 3-2 lead - their captain Naomi Welch stepped up and scored a great free kick. She finished low into the bottom corner much to the delight of the Hearts team who now had some breathing space.
The match would finish 4-2 after what was a great game of football. Both sides made it a very enjoyable match for the spectator and Hearts now progress to the Scottish Cup final, hoping to maintain this current form.  
Hearts have lost the previous two Scottish Cup finals and will be hoping to go one better this time. Standing in their way are Celtic, who will provide stern opposition at Toryglen.
  • Full Time:
  • Central Girls FA
  • 2-4
  • Hearts Girls


Central Girls FA
Hearts Girls
1. Claire Whitaker
7. Taylor Rose Hamill
5. Chloe Mcalpine
8. Cerys Gilbride
9. Jade Lockie
10. Rhianne Ferguson
11. Chelsea McEachran
13. Zoe Mary Young
14. Megan Gallagher
18. Kirstie Mcintosh

Free kicks won: 7
Free kicks conceded: 6
Corners: 8
Shots off target: 0
Shots on target: 4
Headers won: 13
Tackles won: 28
1. Jayden Simmons
2. Caitlin Black
3. Michaela McAlonie
4. Naomi Welch
7. Leigh Bell
9. Tia-Louise Munro
10. Holly Hutchinson
12. Nicole Hogg
14. Georgia Hunter
15. Holly Flett
16. Tegan McLean

Free kicks won: 6
Free kicks conceded: 7
Corners: 9
Shots off target: 6
Shots on target: 7
Headers won: 12
Tackles won: 14
Star Player
Central Girls FA
Hearts Girls
Taylor Rose Hamill played with bags of skill and Enthusiasm, never stopped running with a fearless attitude.
Tia Munro was the central point of attack. Passing and movement - a constant threat, second half a consistent performance, providing a key contribution to protect the lead.
Magic Moment
Central Girls FA
Hearts Girls
McIntosh's equaliser was a smart finish and put the game back in the balance.
With the score at 3-2 and having had a player sent off - today’s moment of magic came through a free kick from Naomi Welch, the Hearts captain. Naomi placed the ball in the bottom corner with a very well struck shot which left the keeper with no chance at a very important time in the game as Central began to dominate as the second half went on.
  • Match report and photos copyright Youth Football Scotland.
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