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Elgin City women’s football team defeat Westdyke Thistle in SWFL North league match with seven players aged 17 and under in starting line-up

By Craig Christie

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A youthful Elgin City women’s football team maintained their unbeaten 2024 run in the Scottish Women’s Football League North on Sunday.

Teenager Alexa Mann (left) was among Elgin City's scorers at Westdyke Thistle. Picture: Daniel Forsyth.
Teenager Alexa Mann (left) was among Elgin City's scorers at Westdyke Thistle. Picture: Daniel Forsyth.

Mike Morrison’s injury-hit side included seven players aged 17 or younger for the trip to Aberdeen to face Westdyke Thistle.

Six of the teenage starters came through the ranks of Moray Girls Football Club and have shown their worth at senior level.

Elgin got off to a flying start with Orla Scott - one of the under-17 stars - scoring a third minute opener.

The home side quickly levelled but Sarah Westwood regained the City lead midway through the first half, then added her own second and Elgin’s third just after break.

Another City young gun Alexa Mann added a fourth just two minutes later, and although Westdyke netted the final game of the match, the visitors returned home with a 4-2 win in the bag.

Scorers Scott and Mann were joined by Isla Milne. Gracie-Mae Hubbard, Darcy Matheson, Charley Gourlay and Neve Leslie to make up the under-17 band in the starting eleven.

Elgin remain second in SWFL North behind runaway leaders Inverurie, and are unbeaten in five league games this year, with four victories.

City last tasted defeat in the league back on November 19 against Grampian Ladies.

The Black and Whites make the trip to third-placed Dyce Women on Sunday.

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