The last 16 of any tournament signals the start of the ‘business end’ of the competition, and the SWF Youth Cup reached that very stage at the weekend.
The 13s age group had one match with a special visitor, as Motherwell FC star Louis Moult took in the Fir Park clash between Dundee United SC Girls and Motherwell Claret. The striker was treated to an extraordinary game, with Motherwell coming out on top in a goalfest. A Leigha Dobbins hat-trick saw her win Player of the Match.
Elsewhere, there was a five goal thriller between Pollok United and Glenrothes Strollers, and Alex Fisher and Erica Wyse sealed victory for last season’s winners Bayside Girls FC Blacks against Musselburgh Windsor. Bedlay saw off Linlithgow Rose to reach this stage of the competition for the first time in their young club's history.
13s: Full Results
East Kilbride 1 - 9 Hearts Maroons
Westdyke Girls 13s 0 - 3 Glasgow Girls 12s
Musselburgh Windsor Girls 1 - 2 Bayside Girls FC Blacks
Bedlay CFC 4 - 0 Linlithgow Rose 13s
Donside Girls FC 1 - 3 Cumbernauld Colts Yellow
Motherwell Claret 9 - 5 DUSC Ladies
Pollok United 3 - 2 Glenrothes Strollers
Central Girls 12s - Celtic 13s – Central awarded victory
At 15s there were two last minute winners, the first concerning Aberdeen Ladies in their trip to Broxburn Athletic Colts. Georgia Park came up with the crucial goal three minutes from time with a composed finish. The Player of the Match award went to Isla McDougall who was tenacious in midfield and a creative force in attack. Coach Scott McDougall spoke to YFS and praised both teams. He said: “The quality of football played was fantastic and should be complimented, despite the bowling gale that had to be contended with!”
Eve Traynor was the poster girl in the match between Boroughmuir Thistle Purple and Central Girls FA, popping up in extra time to send the latter into the quarters with virtually the last kick of the ball. There were also big wins for the Old Firm. Rangers faced Hibs Development and Kirsty O’Brien was a hat-trick here with Reanna Bates, Freia McDonald and Roise McQuillan also scoring twice. Celtic’s bid to retain the trophy continues strongly, as they kept a clean sheet against Raith Rovers and racked up plenty of goals at the other end.
In a titanic tussle between two of women’s football giants, Hibernian scraped past Glasgow City thanks to goals from Eve McFadden and Eilidh Adams. Jessica Smith picked up the Player of the Match award. More history was made as Rutherglen Girls got the better of Stenhousemuir to reach the last eight for the first time.
15s: Full Results
Blackburn Utd Ladies 15s 0 - 4 Hearts 15s
Broxburn Athletic Colts Girls 0 -1 Aberdeen Ladies
Boroughmuir Thistle 15s Purple 0 - 1 Central Girls FA
Celtic 15s 9 - 0 Raith Rovers
Glenrothes Strollers 1 - 8 Hamilton Accies
Hibernian Development 1 - 9 Rangers
Hibernian 15s 2 - 1 Glasgow City
Stenhousemuir Girls 1 - 7 Rutherglen Girls
In the 17s, Glasgow City FC recorded a thumping win against Dunfermline Athletic Girls but perhaps the most exciting match of the round was an eight goal bonanza between Morton Girls and Montrose Youth. Morton bounced back from 3-1 down at one point to make it all square but Montrose saw off the challenge and booked a place in the quarter finals.
17s: Full Results
Bonnyrigg Rose 17s 1 - 2 Forfar Farmington
Central Girls FA v Dryburgh – Central awarded victory
Glasgow City 9 - 0 Dunfermline Athletic Girls 17s
Hamilton Accies 7 - 2 Murieston Utd Girls
Morton Girls 3 - 5 Montrose Youth
Musselburgh Windsor - Celtic 17s – Celtic awarded victory
Rangers v Hibernian 17s – Rangers awarded victory
Westdyke Girls 17s 0 - 2 Glasgow Girls