Strength in depth sees Under 16s through in cup

14-year-old Polly Bell from Selkirk awaits her chance
14-year-old Polly Bell from Selkirk awaits her chance

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Playing in the first round of the U16 National Cup competition, Reivers were looking to open their account with solid performance and maximum points.

Coached by Pippa Bell the U16 age group have significant depth within their squad which enables players as young as 13 to play to their ability.

Hollie Shepherd, Emma Suddon, Emma Duncan, Laura Webster and Polly Bell all made their debuts at Glasgow Academy on Friday night and showed early signs of promising decision making and work rate.

The match was played on a performance water-based pitch on which the young Fjordhus contingent were able to display effective skills and passing play.

Reivers started the game with intent and were rewarded within the 1st minute with a penalty corner which Alex Bell was unlucky not to convert as the ball hit the post. Dominating possession Reivers pressed hard on the Hillhead defence, captain Caitlin Wright cutting laterally across the pitch time and time again to open up channels for Chloe Richardson and A. Bell. Aimee Martin was outstanding in right midfield cutting out any balls from the opposition to build the next attack.

The first goal came after five minutes from a Richardson cross behind the defensive line where A. Bell was waiting at the back post to score. Wright followed up with the second goal shortly after with an unstoppable strike at the top of the circle. Enjoying the majority of play, Reivers began to over carry the ball and run into contact resulting in needless turnovers.

The second half was played with the same determination but much more composure with fluent passing across and up the pitch allowing the girls space and time on the ball. Richardson was impressive in the forward line using her pace to draw the defence and then run around strongly.

Two further goals were scored in quick succession from linking play between Martin, Wright and Richardson who found A. Bell at the back post to convert and claim her hat-trick. Solid defending performances from Danielle Walker, Emily Rogers, Emma Grieve and Shepherd allowed the attacking play to be carried out with confidence.

This was a convincing opening to the cup campaign and will give the Reivers players confidence for the next round.