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Broxburn Athletic overcome Spartans Whites in the Hayley Lauder Cup final

Spartans Whites 0

Broxburn Athletic 5

Walker 4, 37, Muirhead 33, 48, Evans 57
  • Sunday, 24 May 2015
  • Ainslie Park
  • 13's Girls
  • Hayley Lauder Cup
Chris Grieve

Chris Grieve | YFS South East Region Journalist

Broxburn Athletic Girls won the Hayley Lauder League Cup final with a 5-0 win over Spartans Whites at The Spartans Academy. Two goals fairly quickly after half time boosted Broxburn who finished off the game with two further goals late on. Spartans fought hard in the second half to find a way back into the game but it was Broxburn who held out to lift the trophy.

The match began in an up-tempo fashion with both sides eager to get on the ball and control things from the off. However, it was Broxburn who took an early lead when the ball was worked to the back post to Sophie Walker who managed to wrong-foot the keeper and roll the ball into the net. It was a great start for Broxburn who were backed by a large travelling support.

Spartans were sparked into life following the opening goal and a good chance presented itself to grab a quick equaliser. A free kick was awarded near the edge of the box and Rachel Miller stepped up to hammer a shot towards goal. Tegayn Hamilton, in goal for Broxburn, was equal to it and stooped to hold the shot.

The game was very end-to-end at this stage and it was Broxburn who fashioned the next real chance. It was Walker again who was in the thick of the action when she gathered a ball across to the right side and fired a shot on goal but Jodie Barnes saved the shot for Spartans.

Broxburn then had time for a couple of chances before the interval firstly from Megan Williamson who took the ball on a run down the left but the keeper saved her powerful shot for a corner. Then there were two chances for Zoe Evans who muscled her way onto the ball but her shot slid by the far post. Shortly afterwards, the ball was played through the Spartans defence and Evans latched onto the pass but the keeper again saved her low shot. 

  • Half Time:
  • Spartans Whites
  • 0-1
  • Broxburn Athletic

Into the second half and two quick goals for Broxburn put them in the driving seat in this final. Three minutes into the second half Ellie Muirhead took advantage of the ball breaking kindly to her inside the box following a corner and she lifted a shot high into the net to make it 2-0 to Broxburn.

The second goal really lifted the confidence of the away side who began to dominate possession in the middle of the park. Eventually the pressure told when Walker grabbed a third goal for Broxburn. The ball was played to the back post and Walker managed to squeeze a shot back across the keeper which found its way into the net via the post. It was a deserved goal for Broxburn who started the second half on the front foot.

Spartans looked to respond but they found a Broxburn defence who were resolute on the day. They did, however, manage to create a couple of chances midway through the second period. Firstly Ava Harrison tried her luck after the ball broke to her from a corner but her shot was just too high to trouble the Broxburn keeper.

The next chance also fell to Harrison who hit a ferocious free kick from just outside the box. Hamilton was able to get across her goal to parry the shot away for a corner but it was a warning shot that told them that Spartans were not going to give things up lightly.

The game was entering its final stages now and Spartans continued to push for a goal to get back into the match. Broxburn were defending well though and dealt with everything Spartans threw at them.

Broxburn themselves forced a corner and from the resultant kick they forged further ahead. A great run across the defender by Muirhead gave her the advantage she needed to turn the perfect cross beyond the keeper for Broxburn’s fourth of the game. It was a well-executed set piece and the run was timed to perfection giving the Spartans keeper no chance.

There was time to add a fifth for Broxburn just minutes from the end. The ball was launched into the box and Evans managed to get on the end of it to change the direction of the ball and send it into the net. Again there was no chance for the keeper to save it such was the speed and change of direction of the ball.

It was an entertaining game which unfortunately for Spartans ran away from them a bit towards the end. Broxburn were delighted with the 5-0 scoreline although the pattern of the game proved it was a closer match than the scoreline would suggest. Spartans gave it their all to get back into the game and showed in places the skill and speed of passing which had served them well to get to the final but it was Broxburn’s day and they lift the Hayley Lauder Cup on this occasion. 

  • Full Time:
  • Spartans Whites
  • 0-5
  • Broxburn Athletic

Lineups

Spartans Whites
Broxburn Athletic
31. Jodie Barnes
53. Lexie Barnes
17. Erin Cunningham
50. Gemma Cunningham
91. Ava Harrison
86. Katie MacLeod
41. Kiera MacMillan
93. Erin Mayer
42. Rachel Miller
57. Katie Rintoul
100. Elif Yildirim
Emma McFadyen
1. Tegayn Hamilton
2. Lauren McGinty
5. Mhairi McLachlan
6. Rossha Muirhead
8. Mairead Carr
9. Ellie Muirhead
12. Sophie Walker
37. Zoe Evans
40. Megan Williamson
Star Player
Spartans Whites
Broxburn Athletic
Ava Harrison - Marshalled the defence well and broke up play well. She won her fair share of headers and was brave in possession.
Ellie Muirhead - Worked very hard where she pressed the play and showed how to lead from the front. She deserved her two goals and was unlucky not to grab a hat-trick!
Magic Moment
Spartans Whites
Broxburn Athletic
The two free kicks that the Broxburn keeper had to do well to save were a particular highlight for Spartans. They were unlucky not to score from either of them due to the excellent form of the opposition keeper but had they gone in there could have been a very different result.
Ellie Muirhead's second goal was an example of a well-executed set piece. The ball in was excellent and the timing of the run allowed her to place a controlled finish beyond the keeper.
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