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Cove Youth FC Under 13s exceeded expectations

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It is all stations go at Cove Youth FC at the moment with the Under 13s reaching the Scottish Cup Final, exceeding all expectations from a club perspective. The club have also recently announced a joint venture to build a new small sided astroturf pitch. Cove Girls Under 13s are also making huge strides, enjoying a very good Scottish Cup run.

Cove have beaten West Park United, Linlithgow Rose and Aberdeen FC Ladies Youth in the Cup already this season and have booked a place in the last 16 of the competition and have drawn away to Lanarkshire Hibs in the next round.

Cove beat Aberdeen in the last round 2-0 with Courtney Shirran opening the scoring in the 15th minute followed by Emily Wetherly completing the scoring after 58 minutes to seal a trip to Lanarkshire on the weekend of 16th/17th June.

Coach Tommy Russo spoke to YFS who spoke about the season so far: "Because this is our first season playing competitive football, we were hoping just to get 1-2 games in the Scottish Cup so the girls have exceeded any sort of expectation, any cup game they have played in they have battled so hard. I don't know what it is however their cup form is better than their league form.

"Teams can beat any team on their day and it's a funny one. Donside are the form team in the league at the moment and like us are in the last 16 of the Scottish Cup, they have a nice big pitch there which suits us well.

"The girls are buzzing for the away day against Lanarkshire Hibs, they are a football academy in Lanarkshire under the Hibs Ladies set-up so what they are trying to do is encourage all the girls in the area to sign for Hibs Ladies.

"It's going to be a tough game and Aberdeen would have one of the favourites for the cup, my only concern is we haven't travelled well this season as our best games this season have been at Gateway which is our home pitch."

Cove Youth FC Under 13s play Hutchison Vale in the Scottish Cup final at the Excelsior Stadium this Sunday with a 2pm kick off, Russo added that his squad of girls will be attending the showpiece event at Airdrie.

"The girls are going down on Sunday and they will experience the atmosphere of the Scottish Cup and the girls are only three matches away from doing the same thing. We have had enquiries from people wanting to play for Cove after seeing our recent results on social media, we have the facilities to train all year round so it's only going to get bigger and better for Cove."

David Reid | YFS North Region Journalist
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