Curtain comes down on St. Johnstone WFC's first season

At the end of last year the club announced the formation of our St. Johnstone Women's team who play in the SWPL2.

The 2018 season was the first that the girls played under the St. Johnstone banner and they finished the season in mid-table in what was a positive first year for the club.

We've taken a look back on St. Johnstone WFC's inaugural campaign.

Steve Grossi, St. Johnstone WFC General Manager:

St. Johnstone WFC enjoyed a successful first season under the club's banner. In a very tight and competitive SWPL2 the girls were competing for a place in the top two for most of the year only to miss out and finish 5th after defeats late in the campaign.

Given the long injury list we've had this was a very successful season with the team coming out on top a number of times against the best sides in the league.

Reaching the Scottish Cup Quarter-Final was a fantastic achievement where the girls lost by one goal to eventual finalists and SWPL2 champions, Motherwell.

This was our 3rd consecutive Scottish Cup Quarter-Final, an achievement only bettered by Glasgow City and Hibs.

Manager Jason McCrindle and his assistant John Fettes have both given young players the platform to play and showcase their abilities and our squad is one of the youngest in the league.

Our top goalscorer this season was 16-year-old Hannah Clark, who scored 12 goals and was rewarded with a recent call-up to the Scotland U19 squad.

The team’s success has not gone unnoticed and three of the players - Leah Fleming, Bexi McGowan and Hannah Clark - have been involved with the international set-up during this season.

The U19s Women's European Championships come to Scotlnd next year with McDiarmid Park as one of the host stadiums and we're hopeful that the girls make the final squad for this to play in front of a home crowd.

The SWF Annual Award Nominations were announced last week and three St. Johnstone WFC players have been recognised for their efforts.

Our captain, Jade McDonald, was nominated in the Player of Year category while Bexi McGowan and Rachel Todd were both nominated for Goal of the Season. The winners will be announced on 17th November at the SWF Annual Awards night in Glasgow.

The girls have made McDiarmid a hard place for the opposition and boast a good home record with some great victories against the likes of Kilmarnock, Aberdeen, Hearts and Glasgow this year.

Credit must go to the whole squad who train and play with tremendous dedication. Many of the girls travel long distances to be involved and there is no remuneration for them or the coaches which makes their dedication to the team and the club even more impressive.

We look forward to continuing to progress in 2019!

PHOTO CREDIT: Stuart Cowper Photography

St. Johnstone WFC play on Sundays on the McDiarmid Park AstroTurf. Follow the girls' progress on social media via their Twitter and Facebook pages.