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Gers rise to Toryglen occasion pipping Central to Scottish Cup

Rangers FC 3

Robertson 22, Farquhar 29, Donaghy 57

Central Girls FA 1

Cross 76
  • Saturday, 22 October 2016
  • Toryglen Regional Football Centre
  • Under 17´s
  • SWF Scottish Youth Cup - Final

Mark Gillespie | YFS North Ayrshire Senior Reporter
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Rangers rounded off their season as the SWF Scottish Cup champions after a dominant performance to beat Central Girls at Toryglen. It was a match they seemed in control of after turning the screw in the first half, until the last 10 minutes when Central threw players forward in a last desperate surge forward. 
 
Forward Hannah Robertson stole the show with a player of the match performance, carrying on from where she left off in the semi-final. Her team mates gave the Central back line a torrid afternoon, pegging them back for long spells and creating chances.
 
Central had high hopes themselves, and settled the quicker of the two teams, in fact looking the likelier until the game turned midway through the opening half. They began to build the play in the opposing third, with Kim McApine and Chelsea McEachran looking dangerous going forward. For all of that they weren’t able to truly threaten ‘Gers keeper Jordyn Elliot’s goal until the 17th minute, when McAlpine’s powerful shot flew agonisingly just wide.
 
It was a first half opening where Central had Rangers pegged back, with Rangers unable to push out. Suddenly though events were to take a turn, as Rangers caught Central with a classic sucker punch.
 
Gathering the ball on halfway nothing seemed don for Robertson, so she took a rampaging run past the Central defence, leaving all in her wake. Having waltzed past four players her finish was composed and assured, to give her side a spectacular lead.
 
And it seemed to stun Central as Rangers went on to take control of affairs. Robertson was millimetres away with her next chance 5 minutes later after good link up play outside the box as Rangers began to grow in confidence.
 
They exploited the Central back line to the full, with Katherin Slaughter creating good width for her side down the right flank, as the gaps began to open up and Rangers began to set up camp around the opposition box. 
 
The second goal swiftly followed as the pressure continued to build. The danger again came down the right as Jenna Clark hung a perfect cross to the back post for Claire Farquhar to nod past Whittaker. The smallest girl on the pitch was mobbed by her team mates with Rangers now on top and cruising. 
 
Central struggled hard for a response, but were unable to get their main ball players into the game, as they were being closed down at every opportunity. Their main threat throughout came from the powerful long throws of Zoe Young, but for the most part, the stubborn Rangers defence were coping with these set piece deliveries.
  • Half Time:
  • Rangers FC
  • 2-0
  • Central Girls FA
The second half began with Rangers continuing where they left off and Central unable to find that cutting edge up front. Lauren Doran-Barr, Robertson and Slaughter had a real grip of affairs with Central pushed deep for long spells as the half wore on.
 
The decisive third goal arrived just on the hour mark, as captain Natasha Donaghy rose at the far post to nod a Farquhar cross past Whittaker. It seemed to suck the life out of Central with the game seemingly out of sight. 
 
And the game’s tempo slowed with Rangers on top and with one hand on the cup. They rang the changes, giving some substitutes the chance to apply some freshness to the game as Central struggled for a response.
 
The game almost burst back into life with 12 minutes left as Central finally discovered a way through, and it came from route one as through ball evaded the Rangers back line with Morgan Cross clean through to beat Elliot from close range.
 
A glimmer of hope then could be sensed as Central threw numbers forward and almost provided a grandstand finale. McEachran ran for her team throughout and almost carved out a few more openings, with Cross and Jade Lockie also getting into advanced areas.
 
With a minute left the impossible almost beckoned with Cross brought down in the area and the referee showing no hesitation in pointing to the spot. However, it was Elliot in the Rangers goal, clearly brimming with confidence, who came out on top. She saved to her right and seconds later the final whistle blew and the celebrations begin.
 
A deserved victory for Rangers, who rose to the Toryglen occasion in style. It wasn't Central's day, but with a very young squad for 17's level, you wouldn't bet against seeing them on this stage again next year.
 
  • Full Time:
  • Rangers FC
  • 3-1
  • Central Girls FA

Lineups

Rangers FC
Central Girls FA
1. Jordyn Elliot
2. Emma Rebecca Donnelly
18. Katherin Slaughter
5. Natasha Donaghy
8. Jenna Clark
4. Claire Farquhar
12. Amy Muir
6. Courtney Otto
16. Shelley Campbell
14. Hannah Robertson
10. Lauren Doran-Barr
3. Maxine Simpson
7. Cody Kilday
9. Sophie Gilchrist
11. Lucy Pollock
15. Sophie Davidson
17. Melissa McDonald
20. Caitlin Bain
31. Claire Whitaker (GK)
36. Chelsea McEachran
26. Katia McKenna
22. Kim McApline
27. Kirstie McIntosh
29. Morgan Cross
15. Naomi Welch
21. Leah Eddie
35. Shaney McCabe
16. Sophie Mauriello
25. Zoe Young
2. Rachel Vickerman
23. Ellie Kane
24. Megan Gallagher
28. Jade Lockie
33. Orla King
Star Player
Rangers FC
Central Girls FA
Hannah Roberston. Linking up well up front a dangerous player throughout. Opened the scoring with a fantastic individual effort and sent Rangers on their way.
Chelsea McEachran chased lost causes throughout and almost helped spark an unlikely late comeback.
Magic Moment
Rangers FC
Central Girls FA
Robertson’s sensation individual opener turned the tide of the match and was a goal fit for the occasion.
Cross’s late goal gave her side just a glimmer of hope.
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