TWO Alva Academy pupils were part of Stirling County RFC's winning U18's team that stormed to success in the Scottish Rugby Girls’ Club Cup.

Niamh Woods and Laura Manson, both from Tillicoultry, were ecstatic with the win.

Niamh, 16, said: "We were overwhelmed with emotion and so proud of every county girl who stepped on and off the pitch during this match, and every other match we have. We are stronger together."

Laura, also 16, added: "We're extremely proud for our coaches, Al and Mark, and our team manager, Jackie.

"They put in so much time and effort to every training session that we do. We cannot thank them enough."

The fourth-year students first caught the rugby bug when their PE teacher, Mr Stephens, asked them to join the school team.

The dynamic duo then joined Stirling County in November 2015 and have become an integral part of the U18's team, which was only formed in June last year.

Niamh, who plays as a prop, noted: "The most amazing aspect of being part of the county team is the girls we play with."

The girls wished to thank everyone from Stirling County for all the time, effort and encouragement given to the youth team. They also praised the Alva Academy teachers who went along to the cup game in support, as well as their dads who supported them with tips and buses.

Laura, who holds the position of hooker, said: "We'd like to thank everyone who came along to support us."

Niamh added: "And lastly to everyone involved for making the day such a memorable occasion that neither of us will ever forget."

For full details of the girls' action at Murrayfield Stadium, turn to pages 58-59.