Central Girls produced a dominant display to dismantle Glasgow City by five goals to nil in the SWF Girls Cup Final at Toryglen on Sunday. A thunderous strike from Ellie Kane gave Central a half time lead, before second half strikes from Kirstie McIntosh, Kim McAlpine, Chelsea McEachran and Morgan Cross sealed the win in style.
Central made the better start as they looked to control the midfield, passing the ball around with real zip and purpose. Early pressure forced a corner which was just too high for Katia McKenna.
Glasgow did force an early chance themselves, when Chloe Muir pounced on a loose square ball to bear down on the Central goal, but as she tried to release Monica Anderson the pass was intercepted and the chance was gone.
Central now began to dominate proceedings, as their dynamic midfield trio of McAlpine, Kane and McIntosh knocked the ball around with real style.
McIntosh went close with a chance on the edge of the area, and after her initial shot was blocked she got another bite of the apple, only to see Sophie Allison in the Glasgow goal make a good save.
The first goal was not long in coming however, and it was an absolute rocket from the boot of Kane that dipped and swerved over the head of Allison and straight into the back of the net.
It could have been two moments later as a glorious ball from McAlpine found Morgan Cross, who saw her effort saved comfortably.
Glasgow needed a response, and as Muir looked to latch onto a ball played down the wing, Shaney McCabe showed real pace to get across the back line before rampaging up the wing to carry the ball to safety.
Leah Mulrine then had a chance as she hit a volley from the edge of the area, although the shot was comfortable for Claire Whitaker in the Central goal.
The Central Girls midfield continued to dictate the pace of the game, and after a driving run Kane had another pop at goal, this time firing just wide of the angle.
McEachran was then gifted the ball inside the Glasgow area, and after showing good strength to hold off her defender, she was able to turn and fire a low effort at goal, but Allison was equal to it.
Allison might have been beaten by the goal, but her teammates soon had her to thank as she made a magnificent double save. A glorious ball from McAlpine played Cross in behind the last defender, and after taking the ball wide she fired a shot across goal, with Allison showing superb reflexes to keep the ball out, before being brave to dive on the loose ball as McEachran closed in.
As the half went on there were further chances for Central as they looked to extend their lead before half time.
McAlpine fired a free kick over the bar, before Kane won the ball back before shooting straight at Allison.
Glasgow were trying desperately to find a way back into the game before the interval, and Aimee Headland was unfortunate to be flagged offside as the Central defence kept their shape well.
Muir again looked to find Headland with a long ball, but the pace of McCabe again allowed her to get across and clear the danger.