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Five star Central triumph over City in cup final

Central Girls FA 5

Kane 15', McEachran 50', 59', McAlpine 55', Cross 80'

Glasgow City FC 0

  • Sunday, 15 November 2015
  • Toryglen
  • 15's Girls
  • SWF Youth Cup Final

Matthew Sigsworth | YFS Fife Senior Reporter
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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.
  • Half Time:
  • Central Girls FA
  • 1-0
  • Glasgow City FC
The second half started just as the first had finished, with Cross almost making an immediate breakthrough, Whitaker however was quick off her line to clear the danger. 
 
Katia McKenna then went close with a header following a good delivery from a corner. 
 
The pressure soon told as Central doubled their lead with another well taken goal. The ball was played down the right channel allowing McIntosh to burst into the area, and she showed great composure to finish under the advancing Whitaker.
 
As if going two behind wasn’t bad enough, Glasgow were soon three down thanks to another great piece of wide play from the Central Girls midfield. 
 
McAlpine was played in on the left this time, and produced a wonderful finish to curl the effort around Allison and into the far corner.
 
Three goals to the good, Central Girls were now in full control. A dipping effort from McIntosh almost made things worse for Glasgow, who just couldn’t get to grips with their opponents high intensity game. 
 
There were brief glimpses of goal for City however, and Eva Lockhart was beginning to find space on the right side as Central continued to push forward. This time a right footed shot towards the near post was saved by Whitaker. 
 
Central were unrelenting in their quest for more goals, and they soon netted a fourth goal, perhaps the pick of the bunch.
 
McEachran again displayed good strength to hold off her marker, before lobbing the next defender, controlling with a header, and firing a low shot into the far corner to make sure of the win for her side.
 
This was a spirited performance from Glasgow though, and to their credit they didn’t stop running until the final whistle. 
 
Lockhart again found some space on the right, but her cross towards Headland was gathered by Whitaker to remove the danger.
 
Muir then popped up unmarked on the left, but her flashed effort across goal went agonisingly wide of the post.
 
Headland then managed to get in front of the impressive McCabe, but could only scoop the ball over the bar from close range as Glasgow continued to suffer a frustrating match in front of goal.
 
As if to rub salt into Glasgow’s wounds, Central made it five right on the final whistle, as player of the match McAlpine sent a wonderful cross into the box, with Cross applying the deftest of side footed finishes to steer the ball past a helpless Allison to complete the rout. 
 
The final whistle sparked wild celebrations amongst the Central Girls players and coaches, with a resounding result the perfect way to end the season. 
 
Glasgow meanwhile will be left to wonder what they could have done differently against a superb Central Girls side, and thoughts will no doubt already be on next season, and avenging the pain of today’s defeat.
 
  • Full Time:
  • Central Girls FA
  • 5-0
  • Glasgow City FC

Lineups

Central Girls FA
Glasgow City FC
32. Cerys Gilbride
22. Kim McAlpine
23. Ellie Kane
24. Megan Gallgher
25. Zoe Young
26. Katie McKenna
27. Kirstie McIntosh
28. Jade Lockie
29. Morgan Cross
30. Rhianne Ferguson
31. Claire Whitaker
33. Orla King
34. Erin Harrison
35. Shaney McCabe
36. Chelsea McEachran
1. Sophie Allison
2. Ciaran Paton
3. Jenna Jones
4. Ruth Currie
5. Erin McGinlay
7. Chloe Muir
8. Leah Robinson
9. Aimee Headland
10. Monica Anderson
11. Lauren Docherty
14. Francesa Crilley
15. Meghan Sherritt
17. Leah Mulrine
18. Eva Lockart
19. Sophie McGurk
20. Ciara Pollock
21. Lisa Kirwin
22. Kara Reid
Star Player
Central Girls FA
Glasgow City FC
Kim McAlpine - McAlpine pulled the strings all afternoon in midfield. The stand out performance in a very talented group of players.
Sophie Allison - Despite conceding five goals, there was little Allison in the City goal could have done about any of them. When she did have a chance of making a save, she tended to do just that!
Magic Moment
Central Girls FA
Glasgow City FC
A wonderful finish from McEachran that really did have it all. Strength to hold a player off, skill to beat the next defender, and composure to finish well into the far corner. Take a bow!
A quite remarkable save from Sophie Allison to deny Cross and McEachran; good reflexes and a lot of bravery to keep her side in the game with the score still at one nil.
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