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Dryburgh Athletic take spoils and SWF East Region Cup

Dryburgh Athletic Girls 2

Murphy 23, McLachlan 43

Raith Rovers Girls 0

  • Saturday, 25 August 2018
  • St Andrews Sports Centre
  • Under 17´s
  • SWF East Region League Cup
Dryburgh Athletic are the SWF East Region League Cup champions after a professional performance saw them leave St Andrews Sports Centre with a 2-0 victory over Raith Rovers Girls.
Dryburgh began the game with intent and managed to carve out a chance in the third minute after a free-kick from deep fell to the feet of Nyla Murphy who needed two bites of the cherry to fire a left-footed shot towards goal, which was easily colleted by Raith 'keeper Chloe Hunter.
Raith had their first attampt on goal after 10 minutes when a long-range effort from Alex Davie ended up well wide of Lily Cassells' goal. Two minutes later Rovers had another opportunity, but unfortunately for the Kirkcaldy side Emma Nield could not get enough on her shot, which went just wide of the post.
Dryburgh opened the scoring on the 23rd minute when a ball in from the left-hand side went all the way through to Murphy, who took a touch to control before firing a low shot underneath Hunter to give her side a vital lead.
Athletic almost doubled their lead 10 minutes later when a corner was met by Murphy whi headed across goal, only to see her attempt fly wide.
  • Half Time:
  • Dryburgh Athletic Girls
  • 1-0
  • Raith Rovers Girls
Within three minutes of the second half, Dryburgh had doubled their advantage. After some pinball in the box the ball fell on the edge of the 18-yard line to the feet of Hope McLauchlan, who placed the ball into an almost empty net to give her side a two-goal lead.
Raith nearly pulled one back three minutes later when Davie showed great determination and grit to force her way through the Dryburgh defence, before stretching to get a shot away which was well saved by Cassells for a corner.
Eboji was next to try her luck, showing great footwork to break forward before hitting a long-range effort that flied just over the crossbar.
Dryburgh had a terrific opportunity to put the game out of sight when Neve Guthrie played a pinpoint pass through to McLauchlan, who could only hit the side-netting with her effort.
Raith kept pushing right until the end but were constantly met with an organised Dryburgh defence. A great performance from Athletic who are worthy champions.
  • Full Time:
  • Dryburgh Athletic Girls
  • 2-0
  • Raith Rovers Girls


Dryburgh Athletic Girls
Raith Rovers Girls
1. Lily Cassells
2. Lauren McCabe
4. Ellie Cook
5. Amy Healey
6. Nyla Murphy
7. Brodie Clark
9. Neve Guthrie
10. Amy Reilly
11. Hope McLachlan
12. Nia Mitchell
14. Grace Forrester
15. Kirsty Robertson
22. Beth McDonald
24. Gabrielle Watt
29. Shannon MacDonald
32. Katie Shaw
37. Sasha Craig
1. Chloe Hunter
2. Gemma Clark
3. Emma Nield
4. Alana Ward
5. Asha Meinart
6. Katie Watson
7. Leah Gilfillan
8. Alex Davie
10. Aimee Fearns
11. Ellie Eboji
12. Courtney Porter
14. Jay Gallagher
15. Isla Beveridge
16. Millie McLaughlin
Star Player
Dryburgh Athletic Girls
Raith Rovers Girls
Ellie Cook - The Dryburgh captain was commanding all game. Led by example and the defender hardly let anything get by her all day.
Ellie Eboji - The attacking midfielder was Raith's main attacking outlet all game. Her combination play with Alex Davie threatened the Dryburgh defence often.
Magic Moment
Dryburgh Athletic Girls
Raith Rovers Girls
Nyla Murphy's opening goal eased the nerves for Dryburgh early on and set her team on their way.
A disappointing day for Raith but plenty of good performances. Alex Davie and Ellie Eboji were dangerous going forward and 'keeper Chloe Hunter looked assured between the posts. No doubt that the Kirkcaldy side will be back in a cup final in no time.
  • Match report and photos copyright Youth Football Scotland.
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