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.