A dominant Central Girls' performance sent a message to their rivals as they strolled into the SWF Youth Cup final with a comfortable victory over Glasgow Girls.
Hat-tricks for Kirstie McIntosh and Chelsea McEachran, a brace for Kim McAlpine, and a goal apiece for Megan Gallagher and Rhianne Ferguson meant the favourites didn't suffer any hiccups en route to the final.
It was a dream start for Central as they found themselves two goals up with barely a minute on the clock. McAlpine picked the ball up almost straight from centre, looked up and floated a shot into the top left corner to make it 1-0. The lead was doubled moments later when Morgan Cross cut in from the right wing and passed to McIntosh who got the first of her treble with a low, well-placed shot into the bottom corner.
Although they are currently sitting top of their league, and had defeated Celtic 4-0 in the quarter finals, Central couldn't have expected to start the game so well.
For underdogs Glasgow it was the worst possible start, but they didn't let their heads go down and forced two corners in quick succession, although couldn't make anything of them.
Set-pieces proved to be important for Central, as they had a physical and aerial superiority over Glasgow, and the third-goal came direct from a free-kick. Wide on the left, it looked ideal for a driven cross into the box but McIntosh had other ideas and smashed it across goal and into the far corner of the net beyond the helpless Chloe Rae for her second.
McAlpine, McIntosh, Ferguson, and Elie Kane were keeping the ball excellently in the midfield for Central and were happy to pass the ball short and probe for an opening, with Glasgow struggling to take it off them.
Ferguson released Morgan Cross down the right but her shot at the near post was denied by a good save from the feet of Rae. But it was a sign that Central weren't done at three.
The fourth duly came and it started from an unlikely source. An incredible long throw at the half-way line from right back Zoe Young took the Glasgow defence out of the game and allowed Cross to pass to McEachran whose shot was pushed wide for a corner. McIntosh's low, whipped delivery was knocked in at the near post bravely by Gallagher to make it 4-0.
A rare first-half attack from Glasgow was then punished clinically by Central. McAlpine burst from her own half and played a through ball for McEachran who struck home powerfully past Rae.
Whilst Glasgow were struggling to get on the ball, their strikeforce of Taylor Finnie and Rebecca Mcallister were working hard at chasing down the Central defenders and hoping to force a mistake, but it was a thankless task in the first 35.
Central's sixth was from the penalty spot, but it was thanks to a magnificent piece of control on the knee at full speed, followed by a driving run into the box from Ferguson before she was brought down. Despite taking a heavy knock, she brushed herself off to take the penalty and make it six.
Ferguson was almost in again with a trademark surging break, but Victoria McDonough managed to get in a last-ditch covering tackle.
The final set-piece of the first-half gave Central their seventh. McIntosh rolled it out to McAlpine on the edge of the box and, with the Glasgow defence rushing to close her down, she hit another exceptional effort into the top corner.
Set-pieces and long-range efforts caused Glasgow all sorts of trouble in the first-half, but it was truly outstanding finishing from the Central girls and you couldn't point a finger of blame at any of the Glasgow defence or goalkeeper.