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Bayside Girls approach finalé after heroic season

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For many teams, winning the Scottish Cup is the holy grail. It will overshadow everything else that happens that season, and probably the next season, and the one after that. However, a couple of weeks after they triumphed at Toryglen, we found out that there's a lot more to the story of Bayside 13's Girls.
 
Tomorrow the team host Dundee United SC at 10:30am, at Pitreavie Playing Fields in Dunfermline. The game may be a dead rubber from a league perspective, as Bayside have already clinched the title, but it carries massive significance. After an incredible era, this will be the squad's last game as Bayside, before pastures new beckon.
 
Whilst many of the top club teams in Scotland have players travelling from far and wide, that couldn't be further from the case for this side. The core of the group all stay a stone-throw from Bayside's Southern Fife base. They have played together for five years and grown from a group of friends having a kick around, to some of Scotland's finest young footballers.
 
Last season Bayside won every local honour possible. This season they've got a couple better and triumphed in not just the Scottish Cup, but the new SWF East Region Super League. Those achievements are all the more impressive, when you consider the lack of depth in their squad. With just eight players, they were forced to come through some key matches with each  player playing every single minute of the tie.
 
Whilst the team spirit has been a key factor in Bayside's success, individual talent isn't in short supply either. The team have now received international recognition, with goalkeeper Alicia Yates called up to Scotland Under 15s.
 
Remarkably enough, these on field achievements have been matched by an incredible gesture off the park. Coach Paul Bryson explained: "This year they raised £1500 for an end of season trip, but after reading about a three year old with a physically limiting brain condition, they decided to donate the money to help young Emily buy a bike for Road Racing."
 
Emily’s dad, David, told the Dunfermline Press: “We were absolutely gobsmacked and couldn’t believe it. Stuart (Bayside's head coach) was saying that the girls had been collecting money to go to Manchester but we weren’t expecting anything like that.
 
"That kind of generosity from people is hard to describe; when it’s friends or family you understand them donating, but something like that blows you away.
 
“It’s a huge thing for Emily and will be life-changing for her because she can buzz about on her bike and not worry about falling. She is moving her legs freely and stretching her muscles which is what she needs at this stage as she’s growing and getting stronger.
 
Bryson rounded off by saying: "Tomorrow will be the last game for Bayside, their last with us as coaches and they will see young Emily with her bike at the end of the game. It has been a fairytale story with hard work fulfilling dreams and some truly altruistic acts on the part of the girls. I believe it is a story that will both inspire girls that they can satisfy aspirations with provincial clubs and that also they can give something back to those who are not afforded the same opportunities physically in sport or indeed in life."
 
YFS applauds the incredible achievements on and off the park by Bayside. We look forward to following the next chapter of these young players' careers. Well done to Alicia Yates, Jamie Lee Bain, Eve Mooney, Caitlyn Wilson, Grace Dewar, Carys Allan, Amy Hood, Katy Davoren and Mya Bates.
 
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