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Sport / Girls football team progress to next round of cup

Mackenzie Lucock makes it 3-0 for Shetland. All photos: Collwyn Goodlad

SHETLAND girls football has secured its first competitive against a mainland team after the under-16s beat Westdyke Thistle at the weekend.

Shetland were 1-0 up at half-time in the game at Westhill thanks to a Meryn Carter free kick.

Amber Crow and Mackenzie Lucock both scored in the second half to make it 3-0 at full time.

The match was in the first round of the Scottish Women’s Football north region U16s league cup.

The U16s have progressed to play Ellon Meadows in the last 16 of the competition on 6 May.

Inga Inkster passes a Westdyke Thistle defender

Shetland Girls Football secretary Adam Priest said: “Following our affiliation with Scottish Women’s Football for the second consecutive season, Shetland Girls Football have three teams taking part in mainland competitions.

“In addition to the U16’s we also have our U14’s playing in their regional league cup, with their first round fixture with Formartine Reds taking place on 22 April.

“We also have the U18’s girls playing in the National Challenge Cup. They got a bye in their first fixture, so play their first match in Glenrothes on 28 May.

“It takes a lot of hard work form the committee to make all this happen, but it is worth all the hard work to give these hard working young women an opportunity to show what they can achieve.

“Many thanks to SSE Renewables for their support and especially our sponsors NorthLink Ferries for all the help they provide, especially Cheryl Kelday and Joyce Muir for their patience and flexibility with the many bookings we must make.”

The Shetland Girls U16’s team. Back row (l-r) Abigail Goodlad, Amber Crow, Ella Johnson, Keira Blance, Lois Tait, Mackenzie Lucock, Lisa Goudie. Front row (l-r) Meryn Carter, Shanna Pottinger, Shannon Jamieson, Inga Inkster, Emma Duncan, Caitlin Hughson, Ria Brand, Sarra McDougall.

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