Ladies’ magnificent sevens tournament

East Fife Ladies FC winners of annual summer sevens event
East Fife Ladies FC winners of annual summer sevens event

EAST Fife Ladies FC held its annual Margaret Wight Memorial Summer 7s tournament over the weekend.

The event, previously only for women’s teams, was opened up to under-11s, under-13s, under 15s and under-17s at Leven’s King George V Park.

Saturday was the turn of the first three of those age groups at Bayview, with the tournaments taking the format of leagues followed by a cup and a plate semi-final.

Visiting teams won the cup finals in all three events, while the under-11 plate saw East Fife reach their first ever final.

They lost 2-0 to Hamilton Accies in a very close match – after losing a freak first goal with two balls on the pitch at the same time.

The under-15 plate final was contested by East Fife’s under-15 side, Cupar Violet East Fife, and Monifieth.

The action finished 0-0 and extra time drew no goals, so the game was decided by penalties.

East Fife’s scorers were Chloe Gourlay, Rebecca Smurthwaite and Grace Rotheram, with Klaudia Walas saving the decisive penalty.

Cupar Violet East Fife were the first East Fife side to pick up silverware at the tournament.

On Sunday, it was the turn of the women and under-17s.

The East Fife under-17 team reached the plate final and were 1-0 up with two minutes remaining, only for Livingston Hearts to equalise and then beat them on penalties.

The women’s cup final was guaranteed representation from East Fife, after both the club’s teams finished in the top two of their leagues and set up a semi-final against each other.

Normal time and extra-time did not produce any goals, and so it went to penalties.

Still equal after five penalties, it went to ‘sudden death’, with East Fife Black securing their place in the final against Dunfermline Athletic.

The women’s final was the last game of a great weekend of football, featuring teams from across Scotland and over 500 players over the two days.

It was fitting that, in memory of Margaret Wight, who was instrumental in developing women’s football across Fife, the final was shared by two Fife teams.

The final was exciting, with both teams having chances, but again normal time and extra time failed to provide goals and it went to penalties.

Dunfermline gained the advantage after an early East Fife miss but Gibson reacted with a fine save and East Fife ran out victors with penalties from Wylie, Gilmour and Graham.

East Fife have a busy few weeks now, with their fund-raising thrift shop in Leven from August 6-11 in Haltarthie, the former Salvation Army Hall in Nairn Street, selling sporting goods, clothes, electrical items, furniture and more.

Before that, the ladies are back to league action against Forfar at King George V Park this Sunday with a 2pm kick-off. Spectators are welcome.