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Lasswade triumph over Bannerman to become national champions

Lasswade High School 7

Morris 23, 47, Watters 28, Learmonth 34, 54, 58, Carmichael 52,

Bannerman High School 0

  • Thursday, 22 May 2014
  • Ainslie Park
  • Under 15´s
  • SSFA Girls Shield - Final
A clinical performance from Lasswade High School, saw them run out 7-0 winners over Bannerman HS, to lift the TSB Under 15 Girls’ Shield at Ainslie Park. A first-half strike from Eilidh Morris and an excellent free kick from Lauren Watters put the girls in red in control. After the break, a second goal for Morris, a Zoe Carmichael wonder-strike and an Angyl Learmonth hat trick sealed a memorable result for the girls.
 
With only two minutes on the clock, Lasswade launched their first meaningful attack of the game, with only a great tackle by Bannerman’s Amy Copeland stopping Eilidh Morris going clean through on goal. And, five minutes later, Morris was at it again, running onto a good header by Aimee Russell to flash a cross in front of the Bannerman goal, however, to Bannerman’s relief, there was no one in red to tap the ball home.
 
With no one winning the midfield battle early on, there were chances for both sides. Bannerman’s impressive captain, Hannah Fulton, had a great dipping shot from outside the box palmed away, while at the other end, Gaby Wright headed over from a Lauren Watters’ corner.
 
With twenty minutes on the clock, once again, it was Morris who ran onto Angyl Learmonth’s ball, only to see her shot well saved by Sophie Mattheson.
 
Lasswade were starting to dominate the goal, particularly thanks to the impressive performances of Morris and Watters, and it was well deserved, when Morris put them ahead on twenty three minutes, finishing well from inside the box.
 
Minutes later, Morris was involved again, winning a free-kick for her team to the right of Bannerman’s goal. Watters stepped up to take it and when her curling shot beat the keeper from a good 20 yards out, it was no less than her performance merited.
 
With the first half coming to a close, there were half-chances for both teams, with Bannerman’s Zoe McGurn dragging a shot just wide, while Lasswade’s Amber Scotland, was inches away from connecting to a Morris cross and adding to her team’s total.
  • Half Time:
  • Lasswade High School
  • 2-0
  • Bannerman High School
Early in the second half, Lasswade were at it again, with Watters running down the right to lash a powerful cross into the box, allowing Angyl Learmonth to finish, making it 3-0.
 
Ten minutes later, there was a free kick, nearly identical to the one Watters scored in the first half. The ever lively Morris was fouled 20 yards from goal, only this time, Watters’ dipping shot landed on the roof of the net.
 
Just over halfway through the second half Morris got her second goal of the game, finishing inside the six yard box, after several headers following a Lasswade corner. A few minutes later, substitute Zoe Carmichael made it five in spectacular fashion, finishing expertly from outside the box.
 
Angyl Learmonth, who scored early in the first half, was not content with one goal and her fantastic run from the half-way line was rewarded with a goal, thanks to a calm finish into the bottom right-hand corner.
 
Learmonth completed her hat trick two minutes from time, slotting home inside the box, following a wonderful ball from Aimee Russell.
 
Only a couple of minutes after Lasswade’s second, the referee blew her whistle, drawing ecstatic celebrations from the girls in red, who celebrated in a huddle, with water bottles instead of champagne.
 
  • Full Time:
  • Lasswade High School
  • 7-0
  • Bannerman High School

Lineups

Lasswade High School
Bannerman High School

1. Mégane Steel
2. India Laing
3. Courtney McDonald
4. Gemma McOwen
5. Bethany Simpson
6. Nicole Selkirk
7. Gaby Wright
8. Lauren Watters
9. Angyl Leamonth
10. Amber Scotland
11. Eilidh Morris
12. Aimee Dilworth
14. Zoe Carmichael
15. Aimee Russell
16. Natasha Selkirk
17.Charley Paterson

1. Sophie Matheson
2. Lauryn Clements
3. Amy Copeland
4. Zoe Lamont
5. Becky O'Donnell
6. Hannah Fulton
7. Zoe McGurn
8. Amber Man
9. Holly McIntyre
10. Shelby Thomson
11. Ellie Street
12. Chloe Stevenson
14. Megan Glass
15. Ellie Willison
16. Eilidh Davidson
17.Julie Ann Duncan

Star Player
Lasswade High School
Bannerman High School
Lauren Watters, who kept control of the game in the middle of the park, while also acting as a constant menace to the Bannerman defence.
Hannah Fulton, who was involved in everything that Bannerman created going forward and organised the team very well, deserving of the captain's armband.
Magic Moment
Lasswade High School
Bannerman High School
Zoe Carmichael's fantastic second-half strike from outside the box, a goal worthy of any final.
Hannah Fulton's curling first-half long shot, one she was unlucky not to see hit the back of the net.
  • Match report and photos copyright Youth Football Scotland.
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