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Rangers vs Hibernian U15's - Players of the Match

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Rangers Player of the match - Kirsty Maclean

It was Rangers who lifted the U15s Scottish Womens Youth Cup at Oriam last Saturday. The Glasgow side took all the spoils in a tighly contested game which went all the way to extra time. The game winner was scored by Kirsty Maclean, who overall had an absolutely outstanding game. Besides her goal, the central midfielder stood out, and especially in the latter stages of the game, she showed no signs of fatigue, and continued to dominate the match.

She had seemingly adopted a deep lying playmaker role, sitting deep, and distributing the ball forward. She was not afraid to get stuck in and did brilliantly to stop several break away attempts by the Hibs side and stretching their backline through her excellent distribution.

Everytime she was on the ball, she looked composed and concentrated. It seemed like she could always find a pass no matter how many players were around her. Her ball control was second to none all game. It was as if the ball just stuck to her feet, as it hardly ever got away from her.

The second half was very evenly contested, with Hibs getting back into the game. It was Maclean again, who often calmed the game down, and got her team to keep the ball on the floor, and retain possession.

With the game firmly in the balance at 1-1, extra time was where Maclean really excelled. She was still fighting for every loose ball, every 50/50. Both teams were pushing forward for that winner, but it was Maclean that found it, late into the second half of extra time.

The composure she had displayed throughout the game, was once again the factor in her goal. She latched onto a pass from her team mate inside the box, took one touch, and slotted it away into the right hand side of the sprawling Hibernian goalkeeper.

She didnt let up there either. As the clock ticked on, it was Maclean again who played a brilliant ball over the top of the Hibs defence to Abbie Mackay who had her effort, tipped over the bar by Grace Mitchell in the Hibernian goal.

After the game when asked if her cup winning goal was the most important goal she has ever scored, she replied with a resounding yes.

Overall, the Rangers team had many impressive performers, however it was Kirsty Maclean who caught the eye.


Hibernian Player of the Match - Zoe Murray

In what was a very tightly contested game, Hibernian can be very proud of their performance.

All of the Hibernian players put in a brilliant shift, and were unlucky to come away without any silverware. Their defence was solid almost all game, with full back Zoe Murray being the outstanding one from the number four.

With Rangers being the dominant team in the first half she put in a real shift, going in for every tackle and doing well to contain the dangerous Rangers attackers. When the game shifted in the second, she continued to contain, contributing to their excellent defensive effort.

Everytime she was faced up on a one vs one she always knew what to do, not commiting herself and losing her position, but instead concentrating and waiting for the opposition to make a mistake.

Hibernian overall as a team worked really hard, and must be dissapointed that their effort was not rewarded. Ella Biamire was probably the most threatening on the attacking side of things due to her ability to get past her marker.

She set up to Lalita Hirani's opener in the second half. Grace Mitchell, the Hibs goalkeeper, also did well, making some very important saves especially in the second half.

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