Lasswade girls' Scottish Cup joy
Lasswade High School Senior girls team last week won the Scottish Cup for the second time, thanks to a late goal by Eilidh Morris.
In the final at Spartans’ Ainslie Park ground in Edinburgh, Lasswade beat Bathgate 3-2 to lift the under 18s Scottish Shield.
Head coach Samantha McNeill took over this age group this season, taking her team to the top prize.
She said: “They had won the Scottish Cup before, two years ago at under 15s level. And that was their third Scottish Cup final as well.
“They are a very good team. I’m very proud of them.
“The final was a tough game, but we got through it in the end.
“Bathgate equalised with 15 minutes to go to make it two each but we managed to score in the last ten minutes.
“It was our captain Caitylin Lynch’s last game for the school. She plays for Spartans. This was her first Scottish Cup win, as she missed out a few years ago as she was too old. So we are delighted for her.”
Samantha believes that her side’s team spirit as well as ability saw them through.
She said: “Many of the team play for Bonnyrigg Rose, although there are three at Hearts and two at Spartans.
“I definitely feel that some of them can go on to have a career in women’s football.
“There are a few of them who play at women’s level already, so they hopefully have a bright future ahead of them.
“I think that nowadays the programmes for them are better at clubs so they are benefiting from that.
“They are all very close friends with a great team spirit, having played together since starting at Lasswade. So they get on very well.”