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Ambitious Aberdeen 12's not fazed by cup final defeat, says coach

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Aberdeen Girls 12s coach Scott MacDougall was extremely proud of his young side's performance on Sunday in the SWF Youth Cup Final, despite a heavy defeat against a strong Glasgow City Blacks 13s. 
 
McDougall told YFS, “I suppose you could say we are disappointed, but ultimately the girls are winners, anyway, they’re an under 12’s football team. The objective for this year was to try and develop them.
 
“We thought that we might get through to the Quarter Finals, with a fair wind behind us. They’ve surpassed the quarter finals, they’ve surpassed the semi finals and this has led to this occasion, with them playing in the final.
 
“It’s been a fantastic season for them, they’ve come up against a formidable opponent, as Glasgow City are a tremendous outfit.
 
"I’m so proud of the girl’s achievement, that they’ve just got here has been an achievement."
 
On Aberdeen’s aim‘s for next season, Scott said: “It’s a difficult one, if we were down in Glasgow, we would be playing U13’s football. 
 
"This year my U12’s team have won the U13’s League and League Cup for the whole of the North Region. If we play at U13’s football next year, we are not sure that the girls would develop as we’d like them too. 
 
“We are looking at alternatives just now, maybe try and enter them into an older age group, like U16’s.
 
"We have also looked into placing them into the Performance League down in Glasgow, to play them against Celtic, Rangers and Kilwinning, teams like that, just to develop them further.
 
“Even if the girls do move up to 16’s they’ll be coming back down to play in the U13’s Scottish Cup. 
 
"They’re all young enough, there’s three 12 years old’s and three 11 year olds, it a really young team.”

Mark Gillespie | YFS North Ayrshire Senior Reporter
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