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Glasgow Girls v Motherwell FC Claret 13's: Players of the Match

Written by  David Walton & Liam Dickson

Motherwell Player of the Match: Amy Boyle

Amy Boyle stood out for Motherwell Clarets 12s in their SWF Youth Cup final win against Glasgow Girls on Sunday. The hard-working youngster bagged a deserved brace for the endeavour she showed throughout the end-to-end match. Her first goal was the culmination of a lovely one-two with Woods. She then drove an effort across goal that was spilled by the Glasgow goalkeeper and into the net.

The second goal was symbolic of how Boyle played the game. A loose ball was up for grabs 10 yards from goal, and Boyle darted onto it like a girl possessed. She then let loose with a stinging drive that found the bottom right-hand corner to haul Motherwell level for a second time.

Overall, Boyle showed a terrific engine as she consistently dragged her team forward as she bombed forward when in space, and opened up Glasgow with her sheer hard work. The game swung from end-to-end, with momentum continuously going Motherwell’s away after Glasgow looked like grabbing the game by the scruff of the neck. It’s fair to say that Boyle twice hauled her side back into the game with her two equalisers, and consistently seemed to create space with her driving runs that were close to being profited upon by her team-mates.

What made the performance even more impressive was the fact that Boyle was down with a mysterious knock in the first half. It looked as though she was a little dazed midway through the first half, but she deserves tremendous character for dusting herself down and turning the game in Motherwell’s favour.

There were many notable performers for Motherwell in their final success. Woods struck a terrific winner in the final 10 minutes, whilst they showed bravery in several big blocks that saw Glasgow come close. However, Boyle fully deserves her player of the match title for a sensational individual performance – typifying the hard-work, energy, and determination that was required to turn this cup final around.

Glasgow Girls Player of the Match: Olivia King

In a match that could have gone either way, Olivia King stood out for the beaten finalists.
Whilst all of her teammates can be proud of how they performed, King was a constant threat cutting in from Glasgow’s left hand side, and on another day might’ve had more than just the one goal.
But what a goal it was. Almost straight from kick-off she picked the ball up, drove at the Motherwell defence and fired low across the keeper to put Glasgow a goal ahead inside 30 seconds.
As Motherwell began to grow into the game, King put a shift in, playing from one box to the other. There were several occasions in the first half where she found herself last player back, only to bomb forward and get involved as Glasgow counter-attacked.
In the second half she came close on a few occasions to scoring from range. It was only a combination of bad luck and good goalkeeping that stopped her from doubling her personal tally for the day and, maybe, securing the Scottish Cup for Glasgow City. 
All of her teammates played well and can consider themselves unfortunate not to be heading home with the trophy. In particular, Millie-Jo Ward took her goal very well, and was a constant threat; whilst Abbie Cusack was rock solid and her set-piece deliveries caused havoc in the Motherwell defence.
But it was King who was always looking to get the ball down and take players on. At times she seemed to skip past players at will, and it was no surprise she was involved in almost all of Glasgow Girls best moments of a classic cup final.
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