Keith leads team to title

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Coach Keith Simpson from Stonehaven bowed out on a high after his girls football team, East End, retained the North 17s League title after beating Aberdeen United in a league decider last weekend.

This vital match was played at Aberdeen Sports Village against East Ends’ local rivals Aberdeen who were out for revenge after finishing as runners up last season.

The teams had met two weeks earlier with local girl Leonie Simpson heading home the equaliser in a keenly contested draw. This entertaining game saw both teams desperate to claim points as the Girls’ Summer Season came to a conclusion just before the snow arrived.

This result set up a nice title decider for Sunday with a win for either team deciding where the title would go for 2010.

Three local girls, Chelsey Lownie from Gourdon, Sonia Maitland from Portlethen and Leonie Simpson from Stonehaven all featured in the starting line up with Leonie team captain on the big day.

The match kicked off with a nervy start for East End. 17 minutes into the game, a defence splitting pass from Simpson, saw East Ends’ top goal scorer, Jen Booth, pounce on the ball and score.

One goal was all they needed to claim the three points which would see them retain the league title.

When the final whistle blew it was celebrations all around with a pitch invasion led by Coach Simpson. East End Girls were presented with their winners medals and league shield by Lorna Young who is the North Regional Administrator.

After the game Keith said “The girls deserved the win. They went out and did exactly what I asked of them. They have been a pleasure to coach, they are a talented bunch and I will miss them all. I wish them success with their new teams in the future.”

This is the end of an era at East End for Keith but he will still be involved with coaching at the Stonehaven Youth 19s team.