It was a busy weekend for the youth side of the club with a National Girls U16 competition on Saturday at Glasgow Green and a mixed U14s festival at Portlethen on the Sunday.
There were a few challenges placed in our way for Saturday of which the initial one was that none of our young keepers could travel. However up popped the voice of the ever keen Martha Sheal to volunteer. As it turned out she not only stood in but stood up with three shut outs in 4 games and conceding no goals from open play. Maybe Grace Morrsion and her frugal defensive outfit might have a say in that as well.
Off we set with the usual stop in Dundee to fuel up, pick up Ava Aimes and scrounge a seat on a bike or two. We got to Glasgow which was hot and humid, please believe it. First up was a young Inverleith side and the girls set about controlling the game. Eilidh Seedhouse looked to have got the girls underway but her early strike found the inside of the post and rebounded out. Would it be one of those days? Not so, these girls know how to get a result. Two goals in the first half were followed by a further three in the second for a comfortable 5-0 result.
Second up was CALA who proved a tougher nut to crack and stand in keeper Martha had to pull off a couple of fine, if unorthodox saves. Third match up was Kelso and the girls made sure of the game with a 2-0 half time lead. As the clouds began to appear the second half was played with no further addition to the score.
The final match up was to all intents and purposes the final, an undefeated GCW facing a Watsonians side who had not conceded a goal or a point. The game started with Watsonians on the front foot but with 5 minutes gone and no danger to the GCW goal the game began to swing the GCW way. Anna Lewis broke through on the left but her shot was just a little short of weight and the keeper saved. GCW were having trouble with their corner injection on the sticky clammy pitch and this meant they could not really take advantage in the first half.
The second half started and GWC went ahead. A good press on the right back allowed Ellie Lewis to win the ball and dribble into the circle and somehow get the ball beyond the keeper. Two minutes later and Watsonians were level; a low corner shot found its way home. These girls I did say earlier don’t know when to stop and went straight up the opposite end of the pitch for Ellie Lewis to score high in the net with a diving reverse stick shot. The tension mounted and the vociferous GCW support were very tense. With a minute remaining a corner was awarded against GCW and a second good strike found it’s way home to level the scores. Despite further attempts that was the way it finished. A runners up medal for the girls well earned and so close to gold.
Thanks to all the drivers, supporters and Roddy for umpiring on a very happy day.
Sunday saw a misty cloudy day for the U14s. With only three teams taking part it was split into 6 a sides for most of the event and finished with 2 eight a side matches. Oliver Macrae scored most of the GCW goals and Lackie Cargill and Heather Hunter proved a strong defensive unit. Emily Harper put on the goalie kit for the first time and brought off some fine stops.