Under 17’s coach Ed Thomson has said he was proud of his players after their performance despite the defeat against Hibs in the Caroline Weir League Cup final at Ainslie Park in Edinburgh a fortnight ago.
The side, several of which could still play for the under 15’s, fell to a 4-1 loss after taking the lead through Lois Millar early on.
Thomson said “I was really happy with the performance given that we had gone down 10-1 to them two weeks prior to the final in the league, where it was a classic example of us showing them too much respect, standing off them and they punished us by picking passes around us. What I had asked from my girls for the final was that we didn’t show them too much respect, that we competed physically, we got in their faces and stopped them getting their heads up and think for 80 minutes of the final, the girls did that.”
The coach believes they can take nothing but positives from the game “It took four set pieces, four corners for them to score against us so taking the positives from the game, we were much closer to them than we were in the league, matched them physically. We were slightly outdone and outplayed technically and tactically but given the superior ages of the Hibs players, that’s really only to be expected at this stage of our team’s development. With that in mind, it’s all positive and we’re looking forward to picking away at them and getting closer every time we play them.”
“We scored first, I think all that did was upset them really, because there was a bit of a backlash and they were back on level terms within two minutes which was a wee bit unfortunate, I would have liked to have maintained that lead a bit longer. At 2-1 and even 3-1, we made chances and maybe on another day, if we had gotten one back we might have had the belief to have gone on and run them even closer. I think at this stage and given our girls ages, it’s really the best we can expect of our girls.”
The side take on Boroughmuir at home today, their second game in a week after a midweek trip to meet Raith Rovers on Wednesday.