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Bathgate pip Nicolson on penalties to reach national final

Nicolson Institute 2

Macdonald 62', MacPhail 72'

Bathgate Academy 2

Barrie 7' 28'
  • 2-2 (1-3 on penalties)
  • Thursday, 21 April 2016
  • Highland Football Academy
  • Under 18´s
  • Scottish Shield Competition

Sean Selkirk | YFS North Region Journalist
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Bathgate reached the Senior Girls Scottish cup final thanks to a nervy penalty shoot-out win over Nicolson Institute. Nicolson fought back from two goals down to take the tie to penalties but it wasn't enough unfortunately.

The first chance fell the way of Bathgate. An in swinging corner from Kirstie McIntosh looks for the head of Katie Barrie but it is just too high as Barrie fails to connect. Barrie was looking well in the mood as just a minute later she found that extra yard on her marker and let fly from distance but her effort drifted wide of the target. And just five minutes Barrier got her reward for her dangerous play. Monica Anderson played the ball out wide and Barrie set chase before cutting inside and unleashing a curling effort from the edge of the box which nestled in the top corner of the net to give Bathgate a much deserved lead.

Moments later Bathgate were on the front foot again. Antonia Evans played a neat pass into Sophie McMillan who saw her curling effort just go wide.

Nicolson's first opportunity came halfway through the half. Following good build up play from the back the ball fell to Kirsty MacDonald but her shot went over the bar. Minutes later Nicolson had another opportunity. A free kick situated just outside the dee of the box but Leanne MacDonald also saw her shot go over.

As Nicolson looked to be growing into the game, Bathgate doubled their advantage. Anderson took four Nicolson defenders out the game following excellent footwork in the middle of the park before passing wide to the feet of Barrie. She rolled the ball out of her feet before curling an unstoppable effort again to the top right hand corner. Fabulous build up for a simply outstanding goal.

Nicolson then so nearly pulled one back on the stroke of half time. The ball was bouncing around the Bathgate box so Christine MacKinnon swung a right foot at it, however Lauren Brown comfortably saved it.

  • Half Time:
  • Nicolson Institute
  • 0-2
  • Bathgate Academy

Nicolson started the second half with great intent as they looked at turning this tie on it's head. Shana MacPhail flicked the ball over her own head before volleying it goal wards however Brown gathered it easily. Much of the early stages of the second half were played out in the midfield as both sides started to tire and to cancel each other out. However Macintosh won a free-kick 40 yards from goal. She dusted herself down and unleashed a drive but she saw her effort cannon back off the bar as the score remains 2-0.

Moments later the tie began to turn. MacDonald found Kirsty MacDonald as she shot from the edge of the box. The ball had such wicked spin on it as it flew into the roof of the net to narrow the deficit.

With just ten minutes remaining Mcintosh had the opportunity from the free kick spot again. This time she curled her effort towards the top left hand corner but again the ball bounces back off the bar and cleared to safety. From this, Nicolson broke as they pushed towards getting the equaliser. A long ball released MacPhail who expertly took the ball round brown before coolly slotting the ball home to take the tie to penalties.

  • Full Time:
  • Nicolson Institute
  • 2-2
  • Bathgate Academy
Nicolson Institute went first as Macdonald goes straight down the middle as her shot stings the palms of Brown before trickling over the line. 1-0

Anderson went first for Bathgate as she slots it into the bottom right. 1-1

MacDonald went next but Brown leaps through the air to palm the ball over the bar. 1-1

Barrie then slotted the ball into the bottom right just away from the outstretched Chloe Nicholson. 2-1
Captain MacKinnon stepped up but her effort flew over the bar. 2-1

Sophie McMillan had the chance to win the tie but Nicholson saved her penalty excellently. 2-1

Macphail then had the chance to equalise but her penalty cannons off the bar. 2-1

Aliyyah Aziz then won the shoot out for Bathgate as her penalty hit the back of the net. 3-1

Final Result: 2-2 (1-3 on penalties)

Lineups

Nicolson Institute
Bathgate Academy
1. Chloe Nicholson
2. Mairi Maclennan
3. Annie Maclennan
4. Heather Manby
5. Christine MacKinnon
6. Catriona Bain
7. Mary Macleod
8. Annie Miller
9. Shana MacPhail
10. Leanne MacDonald
11. Kirsty MacDonald
12. Kayleigh Mackenzie
13. Sian Mackay
14. Tanya Mackay
1. Lauren Brown
2. Paige McAllister
3. Kirsty Strang
4. Nicole Lind
6. Sophie McMillan
7. Antonia Evans
8. Kirstie McIntosh
9. Miya Kelly
10. Monica Anderson
11. Katie Barrie
12. Aliyyah Aziz
14. Chloe Young
15. Teagan Lees
16. Robyn Thomson
Star Player
Nicolson Institute
Bathgate Academy
Kirsty Macdonald - Her pace and constant movement on the wing caused some problems to the Bathgate defence
Katie Barrie - She was superb. Excellent passing, finishing and one to watch in the final.
Magic Moment
Nicolson Institute
Bathgate Academy
Shana MacPhails flick over her head and volley was sublime.
Tough to choose from Monica Andersons dazzling feetwork for goal number two or goal number two itself from Katie Barrie which was worthy of winning any game
  • Match report and photos copyright Youth Football Scotland.
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