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University of Glasgow
University of Strathclyde
Competition: SSS Conference Cup - Final
Venue: Riverside, Dundee
Date: 21/03/2012


University of Glasgow vs University of Strathclyde - LadiesGlasgow University's women's outfit rounded off a perfect season by making it a league and cup double. The West coast university had already won the league without dropping a point and faced local rivals Strathclyde. An early double from Sirri Topping set Glasgow on their way, with Jackie Baird adding a 3rd. Iona Colville hit back for Strathclyde but Baird scored immediately, before Mhairi Lyle made the half time score 5-1 by converting a penalty. A more even second half saw the only goal fall to Strathclyde's Chermaine MacLachlainn, making the final scoreline 5-2 in Glasgow's favour.

With Division 1A clubs participating in UK wide competitions, the SSS Conference Cup comprises of the 7 teams who ply their trade in Division 2A. Strathclyde were the lucky team to receive a bye at the quarter final stage, which they followed up with an impressive victory away to Dundee University in the semi finals, meaning they had already tasted victory at the final's venue. Glasgow were convincing victors over the other West coast team in the division, Glasgow Caledonian University, and narrow winners over St Andrew's University in the last four.
On a scorching afternoon in the City of Discovery, Strathclyde got off to a strong start, enjoying much of the early possession. However, this all changed when the scoring was opened in Glasgow's favour, somewhat against the run of play. Sirri Topping found space inside the penalty box and slotted home the opener.
The goal galvanised Glasgow and stopped Strathclyde in their tracks. With 20 minutes on the clock the lead had been doubled. Jackie Baird's run was halted by the final defender, but Topping was on hand to expertly steer the ball inside the bottom left hand corner.
By this stage it was all Glasgow. Central midfielder Mariel Kaney was enjoying a lot of the ball in the centre of the park, keeping possession and rarely wasting a pass. On the half hour mark Kaney's slide rule pass appeared to have been overhit, but Baird wasn't for giving up and she stole inbetween a hesitant defender and goalkeeper, before slide tackling the ball into the gaping net.
A bright spark for Strathclyde was Iona Colville. Composed on the ball, she covered a huge amount of ground, constantly looking for the ball and causing problems for the Glasgow back line. Another strength to Colville's game was her delivery from set pieces, whipping in corners and free-kicks from all angles. It was no surprise when she finally found her way onto the scoresheet, hitting a 25 yard free kick underneath the crossbar.
This could have given Strathclyde a vital foothold into the match going into the break, but that wasn't in Glasgow's script. Just 60 seconds after conceding, Baird was putting the ball into the net at the other end. It went from bad to worse for the ladies in maroon, as Mhairi Lyle converted a penalty to make it 5-1 at half time.

University of Glasgow vs University of Strathclyde - Ladies
Half Time: University of Glasgow 5-1 University of Strathclyde
The second half was a very different affair with Strathclyde looking much stronger and more organised at the back, whereas Glasgow seemed content to spray passes along the artificial surface and play keep ball.
Whilst they never looked like cutting the Glasgow defence apart, Strathclyde did have their moments. Colville was given another dead ball opportunity from a similar range to her earlier goal, but this time she couldn't find the target. Michelle Keating also tried her luck from range and although there was plenty of power, the ball went wide of Saara Martinmaki's goal.
As the half progressed Glasgow started to look the more likely once again. Jane O'Toole broke free on the left hand side of the area, but her shot was wide of the near post. Carla Reddie forced a smart save from Mhairi Hawksworth. The Strathclyde goalkeeper was once again called upon when Viveka Morkz supplied Kaney inside the box, and once again she delivered, pulling off a fine double save.
The final goal of the game went in Strathclyde's favour, putting some respectability on the scoreline that was probably merited. Chermaine MacLachlainn brought the ball out of defence and played a defence splitting pass at the other end, which Michelle Keating diverted past Martinmaki with her first touch.
A well deserved victory for Glasgow, who blew Strathclyde away for a crucial 30 minute spell, in which they scored all 5 of their goals. Looking onwards and upwards they now have the opportunity to test themselves against Scotland's elite in Division 1A, not to mention having a crack at the BUCS Trophy, competed for by teams across Britain.

Full Time: University of Glasgow 5-2 University of Strathclyde

University of Glasgow
University of Strathclyde
1. Saara Martinmaki
3. Paula Salmi
4. Toni Harkness
5. Mhairi Lyle
6. Katherine Jaycock
7. Viveka Morkz
8. Mariel Kaney
10. Jackie Baird
15. Sirri Topping
14. Alison O'Neil
16. Elise Cole
9. Jane O'Toole
11. Ceara MacIntye
12. Mairead MacRae
17. Carla Reddie
19. Rachael Kemp
1. Mhairi Hawksworth
2. Iona Colville
3. Alison Clarke-Dick
4. Chermaine MacLachlainn
5. Rebecca Richardson
6. Susie Smart
7. Louise Whyte
8. Amy Cromar
9. Rosie Barron
10. Michelle Keating
11. Jennifer Laidlaw
12. Ainslie McCulloch
13. Emma McIntyre
14. Alison Weir
16. Arlene McGarty

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