Girls take glory in Scottish Shield

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HAWICK High School’s Under-15 girls are the queens of Scotland.

The teenage stars were crowned Scottish Shield champions on Wednesday night with a well deserved 5-2 win over Firrhill High School.

They had to contend with a swirling wind around the Spartans Academy ground and were forced to come from behind after conceding an early goal. But after getting on level terms the talented Teries never looked back.

Ecstatic captain Lauren Mackenzie, a Scotland international who marshaled the Hawick defence throughout, said: “It feels absolutely brilliant. It was tough to start with, especially when we went a goal down, but everybody got themselves into gear and we couldn’t stop scoring.” And she admitted it was a nerve-wracking day. She added: “When I woke up this morning I thought I was going to be sick and I couldn’t sit still at school. It’s just great to have won.”

The early strike from Clare Williams served only to galvanise the Hawick girls who replied immediately when a teasing Carly McAllan cross-cum-shot looped in over the line.

And the young flier quickly doubled her tally with a rifling shot that Firrhill’s Shona McNab couldn’t hold.

The Edinburgh outfit hit back though through the impressive Williams, but Hawick surged ahead with a goal from Megan Joyce Anderson before the break.

After the interval, and playing into the strong wind, Hawick added to their tally with a goal from Brogan Anderson and another Megan Joyce Anderson strike.

In front of a large travelling support, Carly Noble, another Scotland international, was showing her class, while Brogan Anderson continued to be a constant threat on the counter.

At the other end there was an incredible shift being put in by their resolute defence and Lisa Thomson, in particular, who was arguably player of the match.

At the end, she said: “It was a really hard game and the wind made it really tough, but we stuck in well and in the end they couldn’t contain us.”

It was through her efforts, coupled with a great save from Naomi Swan late on, as well as the fantastic team showing, that the silverware made its way back down the A7.

Coach Thomas Clark said: “The wind made it hard for them but they really dug in. They’re a great bunch of girls and thoroughly deserve their win.”

Hawick: N. Swan, K. Waugh, L. Antonacci, L. Mackenzie, K. Mitchell, L. Thomson, C. McAllan, C. Noble, A. Hay. A. Roberts, B. Anderson, M. J. Anderson, C. Anderson, M. Shiel, K. Pretswell and S. Moor.