With the girls’ football season already well underway, YFS is taking the opportunity to examine how things stand at the top of the tables across the country.
In this first of two parts, we take a closer look at the U13s leagues to find out who stands in poll position to clinch the title at the end of the year.
In the Becky Flaherty League, Colony Park have sown up the title with an emphatic fourteen wins from fourteen games so far. Their current goal difference of +91 emphasises their dominance over the other nine teams in the division.
Elsewhere up north, things are a lot tighter in the Kim Little League where Aberdeen 13s and Donside Girls lead the way with identical records after sixteen games (played 16, won 13, drawn 2, lost 1). With just a few games remaining this season, the meeting of the two sides on October 6 may prove to be a league decider.
In the South-East Kim Little League, things are almost as tight: Hibs sit a point clear of Bonnyrigg Rose and Hearts – but Bonnyrigg have a game in hand. It looks like we’re approaching a critical period of the season; starting September 28, three match days in row will see the top three face off against each other in their various combinations.
Meanwhile, the Fiona Brown League still has a long way to go, but Wishaw Wycombe Wanderers have set the early pace with a perfect four wins from four, narrowly ahead of Milton and Bedley CFC, who are both sitting on nine points.
There’s also a long way to go before things are decided in the Fife League. Lomond Colts currently sit top of the table with four wins and a draw from their opening five games, a point ahead of East Fife 13s and two ahead of Bayside Braves in third having played a game more than both. With the Colts and the Braves meeting this weekend, and East Fife travelling to the Colts on the final day of the season, there could be plenty of twists and turns before the race is over.
A league that could be coming to an end soon is Tayside League 1. Jeanfield Swift 13s sit three points ahead of Montrose Youth with just two matches remaining, meaning they could clinch the title this weekend if they beat Montrose Youth Vics and Montrose Youth can’t match their result against Blairgowrie & Rattray Girls.
In Tayside League 2 things are less straightforward. After five games DUSC 13’s sit on 12 points, two ahead of Jeanfield Swifts 12’s in second. Lurking just behind them is Scone Thistle, who have a maximum nine points after three games – including inflicting DUSC’s only defeat on the opening day of the season.
In the East Regional League, three teams currently have 100% records: Inverkeithing Hillfield Swifts Yellows after four games, Forfar Farmington after three games and Inverkeithing Hillfield Swifts Strollers after two games. There’s a long way to go, but it already looks like they will be the three battling it out for the title. With Forfar playing the Yellows tomorrow, it could be a big weekend in the title race.
Two teams have made a perfect start in the Erin Cuthbert League: EKFC have won their opening five, whilst Bonnyton Thistle Blacks have won their opening four. There’s still a lot of football to be played this season, but the meeting between the two sides on October 13 has all the makings of a massive game.
There’s a three-way tie at the top of the South-East Lizzie Arnot League. Hibs Development side, Murieston Utd and Blackburn Utd all have twelve points – but only Murieston have a perfect record. They’re the only team to beat Hibs so far this season, defeating them 4-3 at the start of the month in what may prove to be crucial result.
No team has managed to break away from the pack in the Jenny Beattie League: Giffnock and St Mirren Youth are both on ten points after five games, whilst Morton have the same points despite having played a game less. St Mirren play Giffnock tomorrow, giving one team the opportunity to put some distance between themselves and a close rival.
Hibernian 11’s have a slim advantage in the South-East Hayley Lauder League, a division where the top three are separated by just two points and only second place Broxburn Athletic Colts, with two wins and two draws, are undefeated.
Glasgow City Black have made a blistering start in the Chloe Arthur League; their four wins from four and +30 goal difference has them top of the table, but Dumbarton Utd – who’ve played a game more – and Thistle Weir are keeping pace. Both sit two points off the top having made impressive starts to the campaign.
In the SW/W/C League, Celtic 13’s and Kilmarnock Blues both have nine points from three matches. Joining them at the top of the pile is Gartcairn Blues, who also have nine points but have played two games more. There’s a long way to go but the meeting between Killie and Celtic on October 27 could have massive title implications.
Finally, Threave Rovers have some breathing space at the top of the Kirsty Howatt League. Their nineteen points from seven games has given them a four-point cushion to second place St Cuthbert Wanderers, who have fifteen points having played a game less.