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North region girls league 2017 celebrated

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An exciting season of girls football in the North region has came to an end with four different teams coming out on top within the respective 13s, 15s & 17s age groups.

There are still games due to take place within the leagues this coming weekend (18th November) although all the leagues are now wrapped up by Westdyke Girls coming out on top in the Under 13s North Kim Little League, Buchan Girls winning the Under 13s Becky Flaherty league.

Buchan Girls won the Becky Flaherty Under 13s league with 20 wins and a loss with a brilliant goal difference of +89 & a 7 point gap of Deveronvale in 2nd place.

Buchan Girls coach Caitlin Matthews spoke about her teams achievements when she said: “We are very pleased with our results this season and we had expectations to do very well this season. We won 20 games with a game ending in a draw & also had a defeat.

“Because I had just started coaching with this team, we put them into the Becky Flaherty because we didn’t know what to expect & the Kim Little league is a grade above. Because we have won the Becky Flaherty league, hopefully we can enter the Kim Little league next year and it will give us a bit of a challenge, we are able to keep some of the players until they step up a year later.”

Deveronvale 15s winning the Rachel Corsie league with Aberdeen FC Ladies Under 17s coming out on top in the Under 17s which is a mixture of teams from the Tayside & Fife regions.

Westdyke Girls Under 13s still have a game to play this Saturday at home to Aberdeen 13s however celebrations are well & truly underway at Lawsondale after opening up an 11 point gap on nearest rivals Moray Girls. Westdyke sealed the title on the 7th October after a 3-1 win away to Donside Girls.  The Aberdeenshire outfit have only lost once in 16 games & host a valiant goal difference of +58. Westdyke also won the Under 13s league cup.

Deveronvale claimed the Under 15s championship with an 18 point gap over Aberdeen FC Ladies in 2nd and a goal difference of +101 remaining unbeaten during the duration with a game still to be played away to Westdyke. Vale received their trophy from mens senior teams assistant manager Mark Chisholm in front of a big crowd just under a fortnight ago after a 7-0 home win against Colony Park. Goalkeeper Gail Gilmour recently represented Scotland under 15s for a tournament down in England & kept a clean sheet in a 3-0 victory over Wales.

Aberdeen FC Ladies Under 17s got their hands on the Under 17s East League with an 11 point gap on Forfar Farmington in 2nd place. Aberdeen took the option to join the Under 17s East League as there is no North league for the Under 17s age group.

Aberdeen FC Ladies first team head coach Stefan Laird was on hand to distribute medals and the trophy to the team. With many of the players moving into the senior age groups for next season, Stefan had this to say on the youngster’s achievements.

“Everyone at the club are delighted for the girls. To go unbeaten at any level of the game is tremendous. I am particularly delighted for Doug Knowles, John Dickie and Kim McRobbie, they have been with the girls for a good number of years, have done a great job and made many sacrifices so I’m over the moon for them. I know how hard they have worked and it’s great to see them rewarded.

“These players have so much potential and I’m in no doubt they will go far and be with myself in the first team at some point. Big challenges await many of them next season with Harley in the 23s team and beyond but it’s one they will rise to I am sure, many have featured and trained at that level already and young Eilidh Shore has trained with the 1st team and more I’m sure will follow.

“It’s an exciting time for the club, our first team is populated by talented youngsters and now we add this exceptional group, if they all learn from the gifted experienced players we have then the future is very bright and exciting indeed for them all.

 "Well done to all the players coaches and parents involved at under 17 level these past few seasons from everyone involved with the club, onto the next exciting challenge”


David Reid | YFS North Region Journalist
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