Girls in ascendancy to clinch semi-final spot

Girls’ Under-15 Scottish Cup

Hawick High School5

St Aidan’s High School2

In an action-packed cup tie at Albert Park, Hawick High braved some awful conditions to secure a hard-fought passage into the last four of the Scottish Cup.

Despite playing into a strong wind, Hawick were on top from the start, with Brogan Anderson forcing a couple of saves and a goalmouth scramble early in the match. Tough tackling St. Aidan’s were hanging on, but their luck took a dramatic turn for the worse when Meghan Joyce-Anderson’s wicked cross from the left ended up in the visitors’ net after an unfortunate deflection.

The hosts found it difficult to capitalise on their good fortune though and gradually the game turned the way of St. Aidan’s, who drew level when one of their strikers bustled her way onto a through ball in the box before finishing off the opportunity with no mistake.

A series of corners saw St. Aidan’s denied first by some last-ditch defending, then by the crossbar, but when they took the lead it was through a carbon-copy of their first goal, a slide-rule pass knocked into the home team’s net.

Trailing for the first time this season, Hawick inched their way back into contention, and Brogan Anderson fought her way into the opposition box and bulged the net with a timely equaliser.

After the break the match continued in much the same vein, and it was no surprise when Brogan Anderson again burrowed through the visitors’ defence to restore her side’s lead.

Even when St. Aidan’s were able to halt the progress of the Hawick strikers it was only to push the ball out to the midfield, who took every opportunity to fire in some shots of their own. Carly Noble came close on a couple of occasions, but it was Lauren MacKenzie who finally bulleted home from distance to give her team some breathing space.

Brogan Anderson increased the Hawick lead to three when she completed her hat-trick, but St. Aidan’s were far from down and out, and Lisa Thomson drew cheers when she snapped up a loose ball in the face of fierce and physical opposition.

With no more goals coming at either end of the field, the full-time whistle saw Hawick deservedly through to their first ever semi-final in only their second Scottish Cup campaign.

HAWICK HIGH SCHOOL: N. Swan, K. Waugh, L. Thomson, L. Antonacci, M. Shiel, C. McAllan, C. Noble, L. MacKenzie, C. Anderson, B. Anderson, M. Joyce-Anderson, A. Roberts, A. Hay, K. Pretswell, K. Mitchell