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#SBSSWPL 2: Team of the Season (so far)

With the Scottish Building Society SWPL season break upon us, we decided to look at some of the stand-out players from both leagues so far. Will these players make the team come the end of 2019?

Aaliyah-Jay Meach, Dundee United
Written by Robert Wilson

At just 16 years of age, Meach has been a standout player for Dundee United and in the entire Scottish Building Society SWPL 2.

She has played all bar one game, clocking up one the highest minutes played for any goalkeeper in the division and on top of that she has conceded just 11 goals from 10 games played. Sitting fifth in the league, they’ve got the joint-second lowest number of goals scored. This just emphasises how important Meach and her defence have been to United’s success so far.

Meach has three clean sheets to her name this season, including from Tynecastle. She’ll be looking to add to this as her experience at the top level of Scottish Women’s Football continues.

Joanne Addie, Partick Thistle
Written by Robert Wilson

As a newly promoted side, many may have expected Partick Thistle to take time to settle into the Scottish Building Society SWPL 2. However, they currently sit third at the break and are just four points from top of the table.

A large part of this success comes from their strong defensive record which is the second best in the league, having conceded just eight goals from 11 games. Having started all of those games, Addie provides a calm presence at the heart of the defence while also taking no risks for her team.

If Addie and her fellow defenders maintain their form, there’s no reason why they shouldn’t be considered genuine title contenders going into the second half of the season.

Danielle Pagliarulo, Heart of Midlothian
Written by Chris Marshall

Hearts go into the mid-season break top of the Scottish Building Society SWPL 2 table and the role of captain Pagliarulo has been key in their ascent.

The cornerstone of the division’s tightest defence with her side having only conceded seven goals so far this season she provides a much needed vocal presence in helping to bring out the best in some of her younger teammates.

With an eye for a long range pass and the ability to score key goals, as demonstrated in the Edinburgh side’s last pre-break match against Glasgow Girls it would be safe to say that Pagliarulo’s talents deserve to be tested at a higher level.

Megan Quinn, Hamilton Academical
Written by Chris Marshall

Hamilton’s success so far this season can be attributed as much to the solidity of their back line as it can be to the dynamism of their attacking threats.

Full-back Quinn has been a near ever present in a Hamilton side that has only conceded eight goals so far this season. Always an offer on the left hand side of the park she also can often be seen as a start point for the Accies counter either through a marauding run or a slide rule pass.

Clare Docherty, FC Kilmarnock
Written by Chris Marshall

Perhaps no team sum up the unpredictability of Scottish Building Society SWPL 2 quite like FC Kilmarnock who have flitted up and down the table throughout the first half of the campaign.

In their good moments, right winger Docherty has often played a key part. Direct and always willing to try and beat the opposition she has also added goals to her game with four season to date. With the margins so fine in the division, Killie have a difference maker on their hands in the shape of Docherty.

Amy Anderson, Hamilton Academical
Written by Chris Marshall

Amy Anderson is Miss. Hamilton Academical. The club caption is a midfield metronome bringing an air of calmness to proceedings whilst also adding bite when necessary and it would be interesting to see where the Accies would be sitting without Anderson in the side.

She has four goals to her name but it’s her ability to find space in the middle of the park and put her foot on the ball that really makes her stand out not only from the terraces put amongst her peers.

Kirstie McIntosh, Hamilton Academical
Written by Campbell Finlayson

Accies winger McIntosh has played in every one of Hamilton’s games so far this season as they aim to climb back up to the Scottish Building Society SWPL 1 at the first attempt.

The side started poorly but have since turned things around and find themselves in 2nd place, two points behind leaders Hearts. McIntosh has been a big part of that, scoring five goals and troubling defences with her pace in wide positions, making her a standout in the Hamilton side.

Rachel Walkingshaw, Heart of Midlothian
Written by Chris Marshall

The February Player of the Month, 25-year-old Walkingshaw has five league goals to her name with long range howitzers very much the order of the day for the skilful midfielder including “that” goal against promotion rivals Hamilton Academical.

The former Spartans midfielder adds a presence to the Hearts midfield that can be missed when not there and she certainly has the ability to play at a higher level, something she will be hoping to do with the Jambos come the end of the season.

Neve Guthrie, Dundee United
Written by Campbell Finlayson

Gavin Beith’s side are playing at this level for the first time but the step-up hasn’t been a problem for striker Guthrie. The 16-year old has scored six goals in the league, including the only goal in United’s two wins over leaders Hearts.

Despite her small physique, she has been a nuisance to defend against and by having the knack to be in the right place at the right time, there’s no reason why she can’t score even more in the second half of the season.

Lauren Evans, Heart of Midlothian
Written by Chris Marshall

Up until Lisa Swanson’s six goal haul against Hutchison Vale, Evans was top goalscorer in Scottish Building Society SWPL 2 with seven goals to her name since signing from Glasgow Girls this summer.

Her 13 goal partnership with fellow striker Ashley Carse has seen the Jambos go to the top of the table but it’s her proficiency that sees her get the nod over her teammate, including the scoring of both goals in a 2-0 victory away to St. Johnstone.

Lucy McEwan, Glasgow Girls
Written by Campbell Finlayson

McEwan may have made a slow start to the season but after scoring her first goal against Hutchison Vale, she hasn’t stopped finding the net, now sitting on eight goals. It’s no surprise that Glasgow Girls’ four game winning streak came with McEwan at the peak of her powers, with the forward also earning a Player of the Month nomination as the Glasgow side continue to challenge at the top. I

t’s very tight up there, but if the striker can keep up her scoring form then Glasgow Girls could make a push for the title.

These players have been selected by Robert Wilson, Campbell Finlayson, and Chris Marshall who regularly attend #SBSSWPL matches. Disagree with their selections? Join the debate on social media using #SBSSWPL.

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