Bairns girls break Hearts to win cup

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Falkirk under-13 girls’ side swept to a 3-0 victory and took the Hensons Scottish Cup on Saturday.

Playing Hearts at Toryglen Football Centre, in the shadow of Hampden, the pair fought out a goalless first half.

Sophie Gilchrist was a stand-out in the heart of Falkirk’s midfield, but Fern Newbigging was the local side’s main threat before the break and should have opened the scoring for the Bairns, but saw her shot saved.

At the other end, Erin Rodgers was rarely troubled by the capital-city outfit.

The hour-long tie turned at half-time though and Falkirk roared out of the traps to take the lead

Sam Kerr applied a composed finish after a decent build-up from the Bairns defence before sprinting forward and poking into the net.

Claire Farquhar was also making a big impression on the game and got on the scoresheet along with her equally impressive team-mate.

Gilchrist rolled the ball home for the second goal which all but handed the trophy to Falkirk and Farquhar put a late gloss on proceedings with a thumping third that was too powerful for Hearts’ keeper to handle.

Head of Girls’ Football Ian Dibdin told The Falkirk Herald: “It is tremendous news for the whole community football programme at Falkirk.

“It has been a long time coming. The last time this cup was in the local area was a good 15 years ago -and it was a fantastic day.

“We went into last year’s final firm favourites, but many gave Hearts a chance this term - but it was quite straightforward in the end.”

The girls were defeated finalists as the Futures squad last year.




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