In part two of our look at the standings in the girls’ game, YFS looks at the who’s topping the table in the rest of the SWF Youth Leagues.
In the U19 National Performance League, only two points separate leaders Celtic – on 24 points - from second placed Hibs on 22 points. After nine games, they’ve opened up a healthy lead from third placed Glasgow City, and it’s looking like the meeting between the two at Ainslie Park at the end of the month could decide whether the title heads east or west.
It’s equally tight in the U15 National Performance League, where Glasgow City currently have a four-point lead over Hibs in second and Celtic in third, however the Hoops have four games in hand over their two title rivals. Having only failed to win one of their eight games this season (a 2-2 draw with Central Girls in August), Celtic will feel confident they can claw back the points over the next month or so.
There’s also plenty of drama across the various U17 divisions. In the East/North League, Dryburgh Athletic and Dunfermline Athletic are engaged in a tussle at the top: With twelve games played, Dryburgh lead Dunfermline by three points, with their 2-1 victory in the fixture between the two back in August currently the difference maker.
In the South-East Joelle Murray League, Murieston Utd have opened up a healthy gap to second place Broxburn Athletic Colts; their 37 points is twelve more than their closest challenger – although Broxburn have two games in hand.
At Under-15 level, Forfar Farmington Falcons have taken the East League by storm; they’ve won all 13 of their games so far and only Dryburgh – with 33 points after 14 games – and East Fife Girls – with 32 points after 14 – have managed to keep in touch.
It’s a similar story in the North League. Deveronvale Girls have won all 14 of their matches and are marching towards the title. Colony Park, on 29 points after 15 games, are their nearest challenger.
In the Christie Murray League, it’s too early to tell who the favourites are to lift the title in November, but Hamilton have started well; they top the table with 13 points from their opening five matches. Just behind them are Pollock Utd, who have a maximum nine points from three games so far.
The Lee Alexander League is not long underway either, with Giffnock currently top of the league with three wins from three.
Things are looking much clearer in the South-East Frankie Brown league: Lanarkshire Hibernian and Musselburgh Windsor are way out in front. Hibs top the league with 48 points after 18 games, but Musselburgh – who are three points behind – have a game in hand. They’re both well clear of Blackburn Utd in third, who have 25 points.
Finally, Blackburn Utd Development top the South-East Kirsty Smith League. With 34 points after 13 games, they’re comfortably clear of East Lothian Ravens in second, who have 38 points having played a game more. However, In third are Spartans who are currently ten points behind Blackburn, but with four games in hand, they’ll fancy their chances of making-up the difference.