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Hearts ease their way into Scottish Cup semis

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Aberdeen FCL Youth
Hearts Girls
McGregor 59 

Kerr 2
Waddell 5, 40
Smith 15


SWF Youth Cup - Quarter Final


By David Reid
YFS North Region Reporter
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Aberdeen v Hearts LadiesHearts made the journey up the East Coast of Scotland to face Aberdeen who were given another chance in the Scottish Cup after in the last round Celtic played an ineligible player. Celtic had won the tie 3-1 but the result was overturned giving the Dons a quarter final slot.

The Jambos proved too strong for the Reds winning 4-1 in what was a really good performance all round by the visitors, who will have a great chance of going all the way in the competition should they keep up that form.

The away side took the lead inside two minutes after Nicola Waddell sent a great ball from the left hand side into Megan Kerr who controlled it and the deadly striker placed it past Abbie Little into the bottom right hand corner.

Hearts were two to the good three minutes later after a long pass by Emma McCleary was distributed to Waddell at the back post who caught the home defence out and made Aberdeen's misery a whole lot worse.

Aberdeen then had to thank goalkeeper Abbie Little for keeping them in the game after Kerr tried her luck from 20 yards in an effort to get her second of the game. A great save by Little denied the forward.

After some great passing football once again by the Jambos they got themselves a third goal. A cross came in from the right hand side by Helena Todd which found Lucy Smith who headered it in past Little in the Aberdeen goal at the back post.

Half Time: Aberdeen FCL Youth 0-3 Hearts Girls

Aberdeen v Hearts (Under 13sWas there any way back for Aberdeen? They played much better than they did in the first half, but Hearts still enjoyed some great possesion. Midfielder Lucy Smith was causing Aberdeen lots of problems once again and she had an effort from 16 yards which was saved by Little.

The Jambos were to get a fourth goal ten minutes into the second half after Waddell's powerful twenty-two yarded free kick went under the crossbar and in. An unstoppable effort.

Hearts then recieved a blow when arguably the best player on the park Lucy Smith got on the wrong end of a challenge from Shannon McGregor and had to leave the field injured. This seemed to boost Aberdeen a bit and tried tirelessly to try and get a goal which would catapult their way back into the game.

Aberdeen did have a chance when Molly Maguire sent a brilliant cross in which was met by Amy Phillips but her close range effort was brilliantly saved by the Hearts goalkeeper.

The hosts then recieved a penalty after Lauren Gordon tried to break her way past Laura Hunter but was held back and the referee gave a pointed to the spot. Winger Shannon McGregor stepped up to take it and placed it into the bottom left hand corner.

The Dons tried hard to get another goal to create an interesting end to the game but it wasn't to be and Hearts now head off to Toryglen for the final four.

Full Time: Aberdeen FCL Youth 1-4 Hearts Girls

Aberdeen FCL Youth Hearts Girls
1. Abbie Little
2. Molly Maguire
3. Georgia Carter
4. Emily Johannessen
5. Ashley Coutts
6. Lauren Donald
7. Shannon McGregor
8. Rachel Hewitt
9. Lauren Gordon
10. Amy Phillips
3. Emma McCleary
4. Laura Hunter
5. Tia Munro
7. Lucy Smith
8. Nicola Waddell
9. Sophie Mauuriello
10. Megan Kerr
11. Helena Todd
12. Jennifer Dodds
Ashley Coutts and Shannon McGregor were contenders but Abbie Little produced some stunning saves to keep the Dons in the game.
Hearts' Lucy Smith, missed the closing stages after receiving an injury but was influential in her team's victory.
Derek Gordon, Aberdeen coach, said: "I don't think the team had their best match today. I thought we got into the game in the second half and started to play better from there. Hearts are a very good side."
Scott Wood, Hearts Coach, said: "It was a good win in the end, we took our goals really well. Lucy Smith was outstanding and with her coming off I think it gave momentum to Aberdeen and they played better in the final 20 minutes."
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