Musselburgh Windsor complete treble to lift 14s ScottishPower Challenge Cup
Musselburgh Windsor have lifted the 14s ScottishPower Youth Challenge Cup after a commanding display against Hamilton Academical, winning the final 6-1.
The match started brightly with two young teams keen to get the ball down and play, and after five minutes it was Musselburgh with the first chance of the game. Riley Hamilton drove at the byline and the cutback was eventually met by Rachel Smith at the edge of the D but she shot wide.
A minute later Favour Fadeyibi was through on goal for Accies but her shot was straight at Evie Thomson in the Musselburgh goal.
Another drive by Musselburgh’s striker Riley saw keeper Gracie Gordon commit herself early and they finished with ease, but within minutes Accies found an equaliser straight from a corner.
There was controversy on thirteen minutes as Windsor bundled the ball in and although Keira Scott attempted to clear the ball off the line the assistant referee ruled it had crossed over.
And they would extend their lead through Jessica Wheeler six minutes later, with a cool finish from outside the box.
The game remained end-to-end as Hamillton Accies fought back, with winger Freyah Black showing a good touch to beat a defender only to see Thomson smother the ball well, and Gordon looking lively to hold a Musselburgh cross at the other end.
Favour Fadeyibi beat two defenders only to shoot wide, then the ball fell for Kayla Campbell in the box but Thomson reacted first to grab the ball.
On 32 minutes Wheeler received a cute lay-off and stroked home her second and Windsor’s fourth.
Accies had Gordon to thank for not going further behind before the break, diving to her left to keep out a Riley Hamilton strike to keep it 4-1 at half-time.
Accies enjoyed the best of the opening spell in the second half, but Musselburgh’s back line showed great composure to limit chances, with Elise Wang showing great game intelligence in the timing of tackles at right back, and Romanis and Romano at centre back communicating well to limit the danger of Fadeyibi’s powerful presence.
And it would be Windsor who added to their lead. Gordon saved from Riley Hamilton but the ball fell to Grace Dilly on the left and she placed it in the empty net for Musselburgh’s fifth.
Hamilton continued to seek a way back in but Musselburgh held firm and took advantage at the other end, Daisy Shower finding the net with a looping shot from outside the box on 59 minutes.
With the clock running down Macy Lawrie tested the Musselburgh keeper before Windsor had the ball in the net but the flag was up for offside.
The final whistle was greeted with jubilation from the Musselburgh fans as they added to their League and League Cup wins to complete a treble for the club.