History was created on Monday, April 23 when the Webster’s High School clinched a place in the National final of the Scottish School Senior Girls Shield after defeating near neighbours Carnoustie High School.
The match was played at Station Park with the kind permission of Dave McGregor. This fantastic gesture was greatly appreciated by both teams and made it a really special occasion.
The pitch was in tremendous condition, great credit to grounds man Martin Gray.
After a lovely sunny afternoon the heavens opened up resulting in the match starting in very difficult conditions. The weather,and an unusually nervous Webster’s side, saw them start the game with a cautious approach resulting in the ball being treated like a “hot tattie” and being blasted all over the pitch.
Webster’s eventually took the lead in the 10th minute after a mistake in the Carnoustie defence allowed Niv Crighton to blast the ball home from 15 yards from the tightest of angles.
This should have settled the Webster’s girls but the dour kick and run approach continued resulting in Carnoustie equalising with a well taken goal.
Webster’s did take a firmer grip of the game after this with Cheryl Kilcoyne and Katy Dickson creating a couple of good chances for Crighton.
As half time approached Webster’s took the lead after a dazzling run from Crighton left three Carnoustie defenders standing and then coolly finished by placing the ball in the corner of the net.
After a very poor first half for the Webster’s girls they were delighted to get to half time in the lead.
Changes were made at half time with Claire Dyce coming on at right back which allowed the aggressive Emily Rennie to play in midfield.
The changes made an immediate impact with Webster’s scoring two quick goals.
The first goal started with determined wing play from Kilcoyne who crossed into the Carnoustie box. Ella Peters fought off two Carnoustie defenders before passing the ball to Amy Doyle who placed her shot into the bottom corner of the net.
Minutes later only a fantastic save from the Carnoustie goalkeeper prevented Crighton getting her hat trick but from the resulting Crighton corner Dickson was on hand to volley home.
Webster’s looked to have increased their lead minutes later when Peters reacted quickest to blast home a Crighton cross but was ruled offside.
In the 66th minute the game was effectively finished when Doyle headed home from close range after a goalmouth scramble.
Carnoustie’s continued to work hard and never gave up and minutes later pulled a goal back when their forward reacted quickest.
With the clock ticking down Kilcoyne scored after a cleverly taken free kick from Crighton.
In the last minute of the game Carnoustie scored again after a great run from their forward ghosted past the Webster’s defence and blasted home from 15 yards.
Webster’s girls looked far more settled after the break and played something much closer to their normal passing game.
Best on the day for the Webster’s girls was Niv Crighton, who gave the Carnoustie defence a torrid time, goalkeeper Dana Soutar who commanded her box and never stopped encouraging her team mates and Lydia McKenzie whose reading of the game and timing of tackles have improved greatly.
Webster’s girls will play current holders St Mungo’s in the final at Spartans ground in Edinburgh, the date has yet to be confirmed.