Thistle Girls go undefeated in Edinburgh Cup
THISTLE Girls’ under-11s team savoured a fantastic clean sweep of victories at the Edinburgh Cup International Youth Football Festival.
The independent Inverness football club’s youngsters made a tremendous impact with five straight wins at the huge event at the capital’s Peffermill Playing Fields.
The wins mean Thistle, only two years in existence, remain unbeaten since first making their mark in the Edinburgh Cup last year with two wins and three draws.
The under-11s opened with a 2–1 victory over Spartans and then beat Kilmarnock 2-0.
A 3-0 beating of Hutchison Vale and 4–1 hammering of Cove Rangers were prelude to a storming finish with an 8–0 rout of Central Girls.
Thistle’s head coach Lee Murray praised the girls and their coaches for making such a big impact against well-established opponents.
Murray said: “That’s the second year in a row our under-11s have been undefeated in the Edinburgh Cup which, for a club as young as ours, was incredible really.
“It is a phenomenal achievement for these girls, a lot of whom are quite new to the club as well. To go down there and put in performances like that was mind-blowing.”
Thistle, who train at the city’s Millburn Academy playing fields every Sunday at 11 am, also entered an under-13s team.
It proved a tough and educational set of five group matches.
After a close-fought 1-0 defeat to Kilmarnock, Thistle bounced back with a fine 3-0 win against Linlithgow Rose.
A 6-1 defeat followed to group “winners” Forfar Farmington, who were later disqualified for fielding three overage players.
After a 1-0 defeat to Inverkeithing, the Inverness side finished the day with an honourable 3-1 defeat to Newcastle West End, who went on to win the final.
Murray stressed: “Sunday was a big step up for the under-13s but there was nothing in the first game against Kilmarnock.
“There were some lessons to be learned by the girls and by me, but we only suffered one heavy defeat, to Forfar, who were later disqualified for playing overage players.
“Newcastle, who we lost 3-1 to, went on to win the tournament and, if I’m honest, that game was nip and tuck.
“There was no disgrace in any of the performances. I learned a lot myself about the girls, and about where we need to be and what we need to do.”