Following victories for both Celtic and Glasgow City in the SWF Scottish Cup semi-finals, Youth Football Scotland spoke to both teams’ captains, Brogon Molloy of Celtic 17s and Chloe Gilfoyle of Glasgow City FC. Prior to these interviews, Celtic had just beaten Hearts Ladies, while Glasgow City came from behind to beat Hibs Ladies 3-1.
In the two games, the sides showed different characteristics based on the manner of their semi-finals. Celtic were dominant throughout their match possession-wise, displayed very good technical attributes and “circulated the ball well” according to head coach Tina Ferguson. Glasgow City on the other hand had to show their strength mentally to come from behind and secure victory. Given the strength and ability of both these sides, this will surely lead to a thrilling final.
The previous two league meetings between the sides have ended in stalemate, with neither team being able to find a goal, or moment of magic which would have won them the match. This was perhaps a case of each teams’ opposite strengths almost neutralising each other’s ability to dominate the match.
Centre-back for City, Gilfoyle said that in the last league meeting between the sides, Glasgow City “really should have won.” She added that “hopefully this time (in the SWF Youth Cup final) we do the job and get it finished."
Despite her confidence, the most recent meeting between sides saw Celtic 17s edge the League Cup final 1-0 after extra-time. This will perhaps give them an advantage ahead of Sunday's match, but it may give Glasgow City the motivation they need to secure victory against their Glasgow rivals.
Brogan Malloy of Celtic said after their semi-final, "The season has been challenging for us and the team has had to work hard." This hard work will be rewarded in full if Celtic are to pull off victory in the final on Sunday to add to their league cup success.
We wish both teams the best of luck in the final.