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Five star display by Central sees off Spartans in semi final

Central Girls Football Academy 5

McAlpine 6, 72, Young 46, McEachran 74, 76

Spartans FC 1

Dodds 30
  • Sunday, 25 September 2016
  • Kilwinning Sports Club
  • 17's Girls
  • SWF Youth Cup - Semi Final

Mark Gillespie | YFS North Ayrshire Senior Reporter
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Central booked their place at Toryglen in emphatic style at Kilwinning Sports Club, with this deserved semi final victory. On the balance of the chances it was hard to argue with the outcome, but Spartans had made a game of this to equalise, before Central established full control in the second half.
The pace of the Central front line was simply too much, with Spartans trying to nullify the threat with a high defensive line. Too often though, Central were able to pick their passes though and get players through on goal, as they passed up a hatful of first half opportunities.
Morgan Cross caused all kinds of problems down the right from the off. Her run and cross on 4 minutes found Naomi Welch in the box with an early shot just over. Spartans were struggling to clear their lines, and were duly one goal down just two minutes later.
The danger again came from the right flank, as Orla King darted down the wing. Her cross could only be parried out to Kim McAlpine who shot low into the net for the opener.
Central were pressing the game and really on the front foot, but weren’t able to get their noses in front. They duly passed up three golden opportunities in a two minute spell, with Cross and Wech clean through on goal but unable to capitalise.
Spartans were playing a dangerous game, their high offside trap, testing the referee with some marginal decisions. For all the opportunities created though, they had not been made to pay yet.
Their main joy would come from the set piece, with a few dangerous corners testing Central in the windy conditions. And against the odds, they managed to level the score line on the half hour.  Handball was awarded outside the box, and from 25 yards Emily Dodds’s shot sailed high past the keeper and into the net.
All square, and the remainder of the half was an entertaining, even contest, without further clear opportunities for either side.
  • Half Time:
  • Central Girls Football Academy
  • 1-1
  • Spartans FC

Central may have begun to rue spurned opportunities in a scrappier second half but really turned the screw 10 minutes in with quick fire goals to book their place in the final. And their secret weapon was the long throw from Jade Lockie, which caused chaos in the Spartans penalty box.

The deadlock was broken in fortuitous circumstances as Lockie launched a throw from the right, and with indecision reigning in the defence, Errin Shepherd-Rodgers was unable to keep the ball out of the net.

In the lead again, Central looked more confident, and never really looked in any danger of relinquishing their grip of this tie. Kirstie McIntosh and then Cross fired further chances wide on the hour mark, as they again found their first half passing range to send pacey forwards through on the keeper. The Spartans keeper had a busy afternoon and kept the score line from looking even worse for her side.

Central were not to be denied though, and in the closing stages gave the result a reflection of their dominance. McAlpine bundled home her second goal at the far post from a King cross on 72 minutes, who in a carbon copy laid on an identical cross for Chelsea McEachran to nod home 2 minutes later.

With minutes remaining McEachran added another, courtesy of another Lockie long throw assist, with the Central forward was injured in the closing stages. Her team mates will be aiming to win the cup for her as they march on to meet Celtic in the Toryglen final in a few weeks time.

  • Full Time:
  • Central Girls Football Academy
  • 5-1
  • Spartans FC


Central Girls Football Academy
Spartans FC
36. Chelsea McEachran
31. Claire Whittacker
28. Jade Lockie
26. Katia McKenna
22. Kim McAlpine
27. Kirstie McIntosh
29. Morgan Cross
15. Naomi Welch
33. Orla King
2. Rachel Vickerman
21. Leah Eddie
35. Shaney MCCabe
25. Zoe Young
7. Emily Dodds
10. Eildh Douglas
3. Alisha Little
6. Abbie McGinn
18. Niamh McLaughlin
17. Lucy McLuckie
15. Tegan Reynolds
1. Erin Shepherd-Rodgers
9. Ellie Simpson
14. Laura Thomson
19. Abbie Patricia June Trotter
8. Katy Anne Watt
16. Alicya Wilk
Star Player
Central Girls Football Academy
Spartans FC
Kim McAlpine made some great runs and was rewarded with a couple of goals.
Errin Shepherd-Rodgers pulled off some good stops to keep the scoreline respectable.
Magic Moment
Central Girls Football Academy
Spartans FC
McAlpine's goal for number three gave her side the crucial two goal cushion.
Emily Dodds' free kick thuderbolt got Spartans level.
  • Match report and photos copyright Youth Football Scotland.
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