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South East Region 1

Russell
  • South East win 4-3 on penalties
  • Friday, 17 January 2014
  • Toryglen Football Centre
  • 15's Girls
  • SSFA Inter-Regional Cup

Forde McGhee | YFS West Region Journalist
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It was a thrilling end to a thrilling match in the Under 15 girls Inter Regional Cup Final, where South East snatched it on penalties against a very strong West side who actually did the same to the visitors the year prior. It was a credit  to girls youth football as some of the play during the match was fabulous to watch and both sides should be proud of there self walking off the pitch at Toryglen.
 
The match started at a very high pace with West really going for it in the first fifteen minutes a lot of quick one two's and clever diagonal balls from the home side was pushing South East deep in to their own half not really allowing them to play.
 
West may have ran themselves out of steam a little bit in the opening stages however as they got a bit lazy and it cost them dearly as South East opened the scoring after great hold up play from Monica Anderson. Anderson then did well to play through Caitlin Russell who raced in on goal and fired home with ease.
 
Last year's winners looked shaky after conceding the first and just couldn't get back in to the game, they nearly lost another goal as Monica Anderson ran onto a long ball that the keeper was reluctant to come for but Kiera Gibson in the West goal made up for it when she pulled off a great one on one save to keep her team's spirit up.
 
Brogan Hay was a threat to South East straight from the off and it was her who was the star in West's equaliser. Hay picked up the ball and drove with pace at the defenders she then smashed a shot which smashed off the post and fell to the feet of Nicola Miller who slotted home with ease into a empty net.
 
Just before half time both teams had the chance to go in at the break ahead but never capitalised. Firstly it was South East when the ball fell kindly to Lauren Watters inside the box but she couldn't keep her cool to finish. West's chance came a little closer however when Amy Muir's shot from the edge of the box was spilled by the keeper but eventually kept out, to keep her side on level terms at the interval.
  • Half Time:
  • West Region
  • 1-1
  • South East Region
The second half was a little less action packed. I think that may be because even although the players had their 5 minute break that still didn't fully recharge their battery after a very end to end first half.
 
There was however some chances in the second period. The first of them came to Ellis Notely who hit the side netting with her attempt from a corner. Notely then went close again shortly afterwards, but she couldn't find the target with an effort from the edge of the box.
 
West's real big chance in the second half came in the shape of a well worked counter attack. Good combination play ended in Lauren Dorran Barr being one on one with the South East goalkeeper but Kirsty Jefferies was equal to the task and made the save.
 
As with many Scottish Schools FA competitions, a tied game resulted in no extra time and straight to penalty kicks. The referee's final whistle sealed that fate. A harsh way to decide an excellent game of football.
  • Full Time:
  • West Region
  • 1-1
  • South East Region
It was deja vu, as many of the players involved thought back to twelve months ago when the West Region triumphed on spot kicks. The South East, however, were determined to reclaim their crown.

The first penalty from both teams were put away with ease, the penalties went on and it was West who were the first to miss.

This meant that all of the pressure was on South East's goalkeeper Kirsty Jefferies who had the daughnting task of taking the last spot kick. Jefferies stepped up and became a hero to her side as she blasted home, despite an excellent diving effort from the West goalkeeper Jordyn Elliott (click here to watch video of the penalty), to crown her region champions of Scotland.

Final Result: South East win 4-3 on penalties

Lineups

West Region
South East Region
1. Kiera Gibson
2. Murron Cunningham
3. Katie Frew
4. Sophie McGurk
5. Brogan Molloy
6. Brogan Hay
7. Hannah Robertson
8. Katie Rice
9. Amy Muir
10. Jamie Lee Naiper
11. Nicola Miller
12. Olivia Crawford
14. Hannah Fulton
15. Lauren Dorran Barr
16. Jordyn Elliott
1. Kirsty Jefferies
2. Cloe Sincliar
3. Jamie Lee Smith
4. Megan Kerr
5. Anna Johnston
6. Kaela McDonald
7. Morgan Turner
8. Ellis Notely
9. Monica Anderson
10. Lauren Watters
11. Caitlin Russell
13. Emma McLeary
16. Katie Almond
18. Eartha Cummings
Star Player
West Region
South East Region
Brogan Hay was a trouble to South East the whole game the tricky little wingers pace was unstoppable at times.
Its hard to pick as the spotlight grabber was Kirsty Jefferies who scored the winning penlaty and was excellent in goals too but Kaela McDonald was fantastic in the middle of the park, kept everything simple and did what sometimes could be a unnoticed job for her team. Fantastic performance.
Magic Moment
West Region
South East Region
Brogan Hay's mazey run from the half way line in to the box pulling off all sorts of tricks and flicks.
Has to be goalkeeper Kirsty Jefferies stepping up and smashing home the winning penalty.
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