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Ross County teenagers aim for successful Under-14 Highland and Islands League Cup defence against Inverness Caley Thistle in final

By Will Clark

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Ross County's under-14 girls won the Highland League Cup after a 5-0 win against Nairn St Ninian.
Ross County's under-14 girls won the Highland League Cup after a 5-0 win against Nairn St Ninian.

Ross County are looking for a successful defence when they take on Inverness Caledonian Thistle in the Under-14 Highland and Islands League Cup final.

The young Staggies will aim to defend the trophy they won last season when they take to the field at Station Park in Nairn on Sunday at 10am.

The under-14 final is being played before the senior Highlands and Islands League Cup final between Buckie and Caithness which kicks off at 2pm.

The Staggies have had an impressive campaign so far as they have yet to fall to defeat in a competitive match this season.

Under-14 coach Dwain Chisholm says his team have been in impressive form, but they will be taking nothing for granted on Sunday.

“We were good enough to win the trophy last year, so it is our aim to defend it this year,” said Chisholm.

“The club has a good age group and we have a good colts team who are doing quite well too.

“We have played Caley Thistle a few times and faced them two weeks ago when we came away with a 1-0 victory.

“Caley Thistle Reds are the team that we are playing in the final and they are showing great signs of improvement this season.

“They are a tricky team to play against, but we are confident.”

Girls and women’s football is in a strong position at Ross County.

The under-14 age group is split into two teams, with girls in the age group come from across the Highlands and Islands, including Skye and the Western Isles as well as Ross-shire to play in the growing set-up.

Ross County are also set to launch their first senior team in the Scottish Women's Football League.

Chisholm said: “Women’s football is more popular than ever and we have over 100 girls at our club between the under-eight and under-16 age groups.

“It is great that girls want to come to us and play football, but it is also great for them in terms of a social aspect too.

“It is great that Ross County can provide that opportunity for them.”

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