U16 Girls National Youth Cup Final: Stirling County victorious over East Lothian Girls

Stirling County defeated East Lothian Girls in the final of the National Youth Cup U16 Final. Image: Bryan Robertson
Stirling County defeated East Lothian Girls in the final of the National Youth Cup U16 Final. Image: Bryan Robertson

Stirling County 32

East Lothian Girls 17

STIRLING COUNTY were too strong for a plucky East Lothian Girls team in the end, with prop Aria Hannigan a stand-out, but they didn’t have it all their own way.

Ella Gibbons opened the scoring for the eventual winners, and Charlotte Heath soon added to the County account from a quickly taken tap-penalty, before East Lothian got themselves on the scoreboard through a try from Emily Love, their captain and classy stand-off, who showed great footwork on her way to scoring.

When Love crossed for her second early in the second half, then turned to creator to send Faye Sutherland in for try number three, it looked like an upset might be on the cards – but Stirling bounced back when Ella Crozier powered home, and then  regained they the lead through a Niamh Robertson-Jack try

Ella Gibbons pushed County further ahead with her team’s fourth try of the afternoon, and when Robertson-Jack bagged her second with just two minutes to go, it ensured  that the silverware was Bridgehaugh bound.


Teams –

Stirling County: M Walker; E Crozier, N  Robertson-Jack, J Fletcher, E Spiers; E Forsyth©, C Heath; A Hannigan, Z Pike, M Lidbetter, D  Morrison, G  Thomson, E Gibbons. Subs: R MacKenzie, F Mahoney, P Poole, E Sansom, O Izon, S Haddow, K Grieve.

East Lothian: D Reid; R Knox, S Archer, F Sutherland, E Cowe; E Love©, A Parkinson; S Taylor, S Ryan, S Crossan-Brown, E Moffat, R Kittle, E Myles, T  Macrae, B Keith. Subs: J Hill-Jowett, P Duncan, M Conn, E Thomson, C Storrier.

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David has worked as a freelance rugby journalist since 2004 covering every level of the game in Scotland for publications including he Herald/Sunday Herald, The Sunday Times, The Telegraph, The Scotsman/Scotland on Sunday/Evening News, The Daily Record, The Daily Mail/Mail on Sunday and The Sun.