‘It means the world’ – Buckie Girls supervisor Melissa Smith on her facet’s historic Highland and Islands League Cup triumph
The membership, who had been solely established 5 years in the past, beat Sutherland 3-1 on penalties after the sport was tied at 2-2 after additional time.
Buckie took the lead after seven minutes by way of Abbie Louise Marshall, however Trisha Macrae pulled Sutherland degree with the final kick off the ball within the first half.
Buckie Girls had been left speechless after successful the Highlands and Islands League Cup – which is their first ever piece of silverware.
The eventual winners went 2-1 up within the 73rd minute due to Lori Lappin’s strike, but it surely was brief lived as Rachael Sutherland equalised two minutes later.
After a tense set of penalties, Buckie lifted the trophy in entrance of a wholesome crowd at Station Park in Nairn, which left supervisor Melissa Smith and her gamers misplaced for phrases.
She stated: “It’s simply overwhelming. To come back from the place now we have – the highs and the lows – it’s been powerful, so to win a remaining and are available away with a trophy is simply wonderful.
“We had been a bit misplaced for phrases yesterday and we’ve come a good distance – it means the world.
“The laborious work, dedication, ardour and expertise of all of the gamers have gotten us to the place we at the moment are.
“We’ve made historical past. It’s so necessary for the neighborhood of Buckie, which I advised the women after the sport.
“We now have a participant pathway right here proper right down to under-10’s they usually had been there of their kits cheering us on.
“To have all of them concerned, hopefully it might encourage them. It’s so nice that all of them loved their day – they’re the way forward for Buckie Girls.
“It’s a privilege actually and I’m simply so proud to be a part of it. It means a lot to us all.”
The Buckie boss wished to be ready for the sport to go all the best way, so practiced penalties at their final coaching session earlier than the ultimate.
However when it turned clear the cup could be determined with penalties, Smith turned involved, as at their spotkick coaching session all however considered one of her participant’s missed.
Nevertheless, when it mattered, all of Buckie’s penalty takers hit the goal, whereas their goalkeeper Sophia Golebiewski saved two of Sutherland’s efforts.