Glasgow City battled hard against Glasgow Girls to win 7-1 and book a place in the SWF Youth Cup Final. The full-time result was harsh on Glasgow Girls who matched City for much of the game, but in the end City’s class up front made the difference.
Glasgow Girls took an early lead through a Natasha Donaghy header but Maxine Welsh grabbed a scintillating first half hat trick to put City 3-1 up going into the break. Glasgow Girls pushed hard to get back into the game but City proved too strong in attack. Jamie-lee Dearie added a fourth before Lyndsay McCall scored twice then Amy Anderson got on the scoresheet to complete a great day for City.
The game began at a frantic pace with challenges flying in from both teams eager to get on the ball. The two Glasgow teams looked to be well match in the middle of the park.
A couple of early chances came and went for both teams with the best chance coming from a Megan Murray free-kick. Shortly after, Murray's perseverance was to be rewarded as her long throw was headed in by Donaghy to give Glasgow Girls the lead.
The early goal appeared to serve as a wake-up call to City who upped the tempo after going behind. They pushed forward and looked dangerous every time they were in possession.
Welsh’s pace in particular was causing problems all over the park for Glasgow Girls and she was rewarded for her efforts when she raced through on goal to grab the equaliser for City.
The goal gave the City side the momentum in this match and sparked a great spell for the team in orange. Amy Burrows chipped the ball through to Welsh who connected perfectly with her right-foot to lob the helpless goalkeeper from 20 yards out to put her team in front.
Glasgow Girls struggled to get a hold of the ball with City continuing to press high up the park and two minutes after adding her second goal, Welsh was on hand again to tap-in a Kodie Hay cross to grab herself an unbelieveable first half hat trick.