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Four-goal hero Cailin Michie sent Boroughmuir High into the final of the Scottish Senior Girls Shield in a flattering 7-2 score line over capital rivals Firrhill in the semi-final at Meggetland.
Firrhill, with Scotland under 19 midfielder Clare Williamson in their ranks, did not deserve to lose by such a deficit in a match which had their side taken their chances could have ended in an entirely different outcome.
Firrhill’s profligacy in front of goal combined with some haphazard defending, which gifted ‘Muir several of their seven goals ensured a heavy defeat.
‘Muir opened the scoring in the first two minutes of the match, Michie’s shot from wide left somehow found its way past Amy Lickley in goals for Firrhill and slipped into the bottom corner. A signal of things to come perhaps, as the Firrhill defence looked shaky in the early stages.
The same couldn’t be said for their midfield star Williamson who is a real talent. She dominated the midfield area for the whole of the match, spraying passes about at ease while having the awareness to jink past her counterparts.
Williamson created a chance for Lucy Davidson and then carved out a chance for herself as Firrhill looked to level things up immediately. Davidson couldn’t divert her header goal wards before Williamson twisted and turned, fired a shot away but Hannah Michie was equal to the effort.
Firrhill had brought themselves right back into it and looked more likely to score next but Boroughmuir doubled their advantage. A slack pass across the face of goal found Cailin Michie who found the back of the net via the post.
Williamson then got a goal back for Firrhill from distance before Michie wrapped up her first half hat-trick straight from kick-off to restore ‘Muir’s two goal lead.
Half Time: Boroughmuir HS 3-1 Firrhill HS
Firrhill were clearly still smarting from being unable to convert their chances in the first-half, when the second period began.
They took their first chance of the second period though when Katy Watt found the back of the net, after intricate build up play. Emma Biron took a short throw in on the right to Williamson who swivelled before her delightful pass into the box found Watt whose shot went over the head of Hannah Michie.
Firrhill would again be left to rue a host of missed chances though, Williamson again carving out opportunities for her side. Her ball across the face of goal was just asking to be stroked into the back of the net, when it eventually found Watt though, she was unable to get her shot on target.
Williamson was then given an opportunity of her own from a free-kick on the edge of the box after a reckless tackle from Alex Barraclough into the back of Davidson, but from 18 yards out she sent the ball over the bar.
Buoyed by Firrhill’s missed chances, ‘Muir made it four and Michie got her fourth of the afternoon. A wonderful ball from midfield found the striker on the left. She cut inside before a superb curling effort found the corner of the net.
Caitlin Grant then made it five with a composed finish in the area before Michie turned provider, doing brilliantly to hold the ball up before advancing on goal and unselfishly teeing up Katy Nelson who found the empty net.
With Firrhill’s fate sealed, and the realisation that their cup dream was over, ‘Muir added a seventh thorough an excellent solo run from captain Laura Kirkhouse. Driving forward from midfield she showed strength to hold of Firrhill defenders. Lickley had come out to smother at the feet of Kirkhouse, but she let slip and Kirkhouse picked the ball up before passing into the unguarded net.
Full Time: Boroughmuir HS 7-2 Firrhill HS