Webster’s High School were unlucky to miss out on the U-18s Girls Senior Shield after their defeat at the hands of St Mungo’s High School in the final.
Despite a close run game the final whistle was greeted with jubilant scenes from the Falkirk side’s players and backroom staff as they celebrated their second Senior Shield triumph in as many years.
Webster’s were pressed back early on as Mungo’s started the game brightly, quickly establishing a lead when Hollie Lister tapped home the rebound of a well-struck Shelby Kearney shot. Webster’s almost hit back immediately when Cheryl Kilcoyne fed Ecla Peters, but her low shot was well held by St. Mungo’s goalkeeper Katie Hannam.
Despite that response, St Mungo’s found themselves 2-0 up inside 10 minutes. A series of corners put the Webster’s backline under sustained pressure which finally paid off for Saints when Kearney delivered a 5th successive corner. The ball was only partially cleared and fell to Kayleigh McCann who coolly swept the ball home with a composed right foot drive.
Dana Soutar was kept busy in the Webster goal for the remainder of the half, repelling efforts from Collette Tweedie, Chelsea McKay and Shelby Kearney.
That kept Webster’s hopes alive as they went in search of a goal in the second half which duly came on 52 minutes. Amy Doyle’s through ball to Mhari Duncan found the substitute in space and her sublime finish left Hannam with no chance in the St Mungo’s goal.
The Angus side went in search of an equaliser that would send the tie into extra time, but on 64 minutes, Chelsea McKay put the result beyond any doubt with a looping 25 yard effort that left Webster’s with a mountain to climb.
Jeroen Snitjer, Bank Manager for Lloyds TSB Scotland Musselburgh, who attended the final said: “I would like to congratulate Webster’s High School on reaching the Lloyds TSB Scotland U18 Girls Shield Final. It is a fantastic achievement to reach the final of a national competition and both teams should feel proud of their outstanding efforts.”
Lloyds TSB Scotland Schools’ Football Ambassador Gordon Strachan, who himself played organised football at both primary and secondary school before appearing for Scotland at U15 level, gave his backing to all those involved: “I have some great memories of playing schools’ football with both Silverknowes Primary and Craigroyston Secondary in Edinburgh. You get a great sense of camaraderie with schools’ football and there’s no better feeling than playing together with your mates. I worked on the training pitch with both St Mungo’s and Calderglen last week and they were a credit to their schools. Congratulations to everyone involved.”
Over 26,000 school children will participate in a Lloyds TSB Scotland supported programme in 2012.