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Dundee University Women make it a hat-trick of cup successes

University of Dundee Women 1

Ulsig 25

University of Edinburgh Women 1

Maden 14
  • University of Dundee 1-1 University of Edinburgh (Dundee win 4-3 After Penalties)

Alasdair Hooper | YFS Dundee Senior Reporter
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Dundee University’s women’s team probably had a great party on Wednesday evening. Their victory against the University of Edinburgh means it is now three successive Scottish Conference Cup wins, but this one did not come easy. Edinburgh initially went 1-0 up, courtesy of a great looping goal from Lily Chubb, before Dundee equalized 11 minutes later through Laura Ulsig. The game finished level and advanced to a penalty shootout. Dundee managed to hold their nerve and won the cup after triumphing 4-3 on penalties.   
With playing conditions perfect, a rarity in Scotland, it was Edinburgh who made the better start. In just the third minute of the game Jodie Owens was able to latch onto a through ball played beyond the Dundee back line. The forward took her shot across goal but it flashed just past the post.
Two minutes later and Owens attempted to execute a similar move by latching onto another through ball delivered from midfield. This time, however, she was foiled by the alert Roberta-Leigh Cochrane. The Dundee University goalkeeper raced from her line and cleared the ball for a throw in.
Shortly after it was Chelsea Van Bousch’s turn to try and take advantage of the through balls, this time delivered by Joanne Russell. Once again Cochrane’s concentration was spot on. She raced out to meet the oncoming threat and claimed the ball at Van Bousch’s feet.
Edinburgh’s pressure then told as, with 14 minutes gone, they found themselves in front. Kirsty Maden managed to pick the ball up on the edge of the penalty area and unleashed an unstoppable looping shot. The ball flew over Cochrane and Edinburgh had the early advantage in the game.
After this setback Dundee began to respond. Lea Kleinsorge made a great run down the right hand side before firing a cross into the box. The Edinburgh University ‘keeper, Charlotte Parker-Smith, was able to claim the ball in the air to snuff out any further danger.    
A minute later Edinburgh went close to doubling their lead. Following a corner a goalmouth scramble ensued with numerous players attempting to divert the ball one way or another. Eventually the ball fell to the feet of Van Bousch, but she could only stab the ball just wide of the post.
As the game ticked into the 25th minute Dundee scored their equalizing goal. Edinburgh conceded a free kick about 35 yards from goal and Dundee’s Lauren Gray stepped up to take it. The centre back went straight for goal but was denied by Parker-Smith, who parried the ball onto the crossbar. Laura Ulsig was the most vigilant player in the penalty area and was the first to meet the loose ball. After superbly keeping her composure she duly dispatched the ball into the roof of the net to level the scores at 1-1. The game was well and truly on.
The next opportunity in the game fell to Ulsig, who very nearly doubled her goal tally. After making a superb run down the right hand side she fired a shot at goal looking for the top corner at the near post. Unfortunately for her she was only able to hit the frame of the goal and the ball went out for a goal kick. 
The final chance before the half time break fell the way of Edinburgh University. Owens took a shot at goal after a coming in from the right wing but was denied by a great save from Cochrane. Joanne Russell was able to meet the rebound first but Cochrane was up once more to deny Edinburgh regaining the lead. 
The initial stages of the game’s second period didn’t see much goalmouth action with both defensive lines shining. The first to be breached was Dundee’s when Edinburgh’s Russell delivered a great cross from the right. The newly introduced Louise Pullam met the ball, in the penalty area, with a great looping header that struck the post. Cochrane was then able to claim the loose ball.
In the 62nd minute of the game Russell was at it again when she delivered another cross from the right hand side. This time it was Chubb who managed to meet it and she fired a shot just wide of the post.
Three minutes later Owens managed to pick up the ball and fired a low and powerful shot towards goal. Cochrane was on hand again and made a great save to keep Edinburgh from getting a second goal.
As the game reached the 70-minute mark Lauren Gray went close via a direct free kick. The number 14’s powerful effort flew just over the crossbar much to the relief of those from Edinburgh.
Soon afterwards Chubb came close following a great run through the middle of the park. The midfielder unleashed a powerful strike but Cochrane stood in the way once again to make a good save and keep the scores level.
The final chance came the way of Edinburgh’s Charmaine McGuire who managed to get a shot away from the edge of the box. Unfortunately for her there wasn’t enough power to see it past Cochrane who saved it comfortably.
As the game proceeded into the final minutes the intensity of the game was starting to show with chances drying up. The final whistle soon went with the score still one a piece. There was only one way to determine the winner of such a well-matched cup final; it was penalty shootout time.
The dramatic climax began with Alison Debio taking the first spot kick for Dundee University. The number 13 comfortably sent her shot down the middle to make it 1-0 in the shootout.

Next up it was Edinburgh’s Shannon Urquhart who neatly side footed the her effort into the right of the net to level it up.

It was then Jayne Digby’s turn for Dundee who looked to divert her shot into the bottom left hand corner. Unfortunately for her Parker-Smith went the same way and kept out her shot. It was advantage Edinburgh.

Up stepped Lily Chubb to take Edinburgh’s second spot kick. With the opportunity to take the lead the number 7 fired her shot towards the left of the goal. Much to her dismay it was too far left and it flew past the post.

Lauren Gray was the next player to make the long walk up to the penalty box. With no hesitation she fired her spot kick into the bottom left hand corner of the net to make it 2-1 in the shootout.

Looking to respond for Edinburgh was Rebecca Robertson. The centre back displayed great composure to neatly side foot her effort into the right of the net. It was now 2-2.

Chiara Blair was next up for Dundee and she expertly made it 3-2 after rifling her penalty high into the net.

Lucy White then stepped up for Edinburgh and, in a similar display of composure to her other teammates, neatly side footed into the bottom right hand corner.

Next up for Dundee was Lea Kleinsorge. She aimed her shot into the right of the net and breathed a huge sigh of relief after it went in, despite Parker-Smith getting her fingertips to it.

Charmaine McGuire was the next to step up for Edinburgh and looked to fire her shot straight down the middle. Unfortunately for her Cochrane read it and saved the penalty to kick start Dundee’s celebrations.

In the most exciting ending possible Dundee University had won the cup once again, a great nod to their performance level, spirit and camaraderie. For Edinburgh you can’t come much closer to winning a cup and great credit should be given to both sides to make the game what it was: a great cup final.

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Final Result: University of Dundee 1-1 University of Edinburgh (Dundee win 4-3 After Penalties)


University of Dundee Women
University of Edinburgh Women
1. Roberta-Leigh Cochrane
2. Bridgid Duffy
3. Julianna Belinfante
4. Emma West
5. Cecilia Olsson
6. Niamh Ireland
7. Evie Morton
8. Chiara Blair
9. Lea Kleinsorge
10. Jayne Digby
11. Laura Ulsig
12. Georgi McKinlay
13. Alison Debio
14. Lauren Gray
15. Charlotte Collinson
16. Grace Middleton
1. Charlotte Parker-Smith
2. Rachel Thomson
3. Vicky Helger
4. Lucy White
5. Rebecca Robertson
6. Katy Nelson
7. Lily Chubb
8. Chelsea Van Bousch
9. Joanne Russell
10. Jodie Owens
11. Kirsty Maden
12. Shannon Urquhart
13. Louise Pullam
14. Charmaine McGuire
15. Amelia Birt
16. Zoe Whittall
Star Player
University of Dundee Women
University of Edinburgh Women
Roberta-Leigh Cochrane – a great goalkeeping display. Was vigilant to snuff out any danger and kept her side in it with some great saves. Also made the most crucial save of all to win the penalty shootout.
Rebecca Robertson – Edinburgh’s defence was solid throughout the game and a large part of that was down to Robertson in central defence. No-nonsense defending at its best.
Magic Moment
University of Dundee Women
University of Edinburgh Women
When Cochrane saved the last penalty and the celebrations began. That’s always great to see. I suspect that bottle of champagne wasn’t the last bottle to be opened by the team.
Maden’s opening goal of the game. Audacity to try it, skill to execute it. Not to shabby a goal for a cup final to witness.

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