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Hibs edge strong Forfar outfit to reach national final

Hibernian Girls 3

Ferry 10, Smith 15, Cornet 75

Real Farmington 2

Gallacher 12, Noble 37
  • Saturday, 12 October 2013
  • Ravenscraig
  • 17's Girls
  • SWF Scottish Youth Cup

Kieran Green | YFS South East Region Journalist

The 17’s Scottish Woman’s Football Scottish Youth Cup semi final between Hibernian and Forfar's Real Farmington was played in arctic temperatures at Ravenscraig Sports Centre in Motherwell. A tight affair that seen Hibs go through to the final 3-2 was a game to remember, and it was brought to life very early on with Hibs taking the lead through Lindsay Ferry with a looping volley. Forfar got themselves back into the game with an Amy Gallacher strike, but Hibs restored their advantage to lead 2-1. Forfar did equalise just before half time through Kayleigh Noble and the Angus side were much stronger in the second half, but Hibs scored late on through Chelsea Cornet to take them into the final of the competition at Toryglen in November.
With the game only a few minutes old, Hibs took the lead. A throw in down by the corner flag on the right hand side saw Lindsay Ferry losing her marker inside the box, receiving the ball from the throw in, and her looping volley cracked off the face of the post but onto the back of the helpless diving goalkeeper and into the back of the net. Not the start Farmington would have wanted in this semi final.
Forfar however did have the ball in the back of the net on 10 minutes. Laura Parsley putting the ball through to Amy Gallacher but she was flagged offside. From my angle, a very tight call, but in these semi-finals, that is the reason we have linesmen.
The game was a very evenly matched affair with neither team having any spells of domination. A fairly open game with not many clear cut chances. Despite this, Forfar did equalise. A long ball from a free kick inside their own half, one bounce, and Gallacher chipped the ball over the onrushing Hibs goalkeeper. Kelsey Boyle raced back to trip and clear, but unfortunately her sliced clearance ending up in the top corner of the net.
Just after Forfar had equalised, they found themselves behind once again. A diagonal pass from Bianca Murphy into the path of Caitlin Russell was inch perfect. With the Forfar players waiting for a flag, Hibs carried on and Smith made a darting run into the middle - away from her marker - to slot home from 12 yards out. No chance for the Forfar keeper Helen Dryden. Hibs taking the lead for the second time in the match.
Hibs came ever so close to extending their lead a minute after scoring their second. A corner on the left hand side swung in, wind assisted by Murphy, met the head of Caitlin Russell, but her header was cleared off the line by Forfar’s Dana McFarlane.
18 minutes into the match, Forfar had a glorious chance to get back on level terms. Gallacher took the ball down well on the edge of the Hibs box, and Parsley on the corner of the 6 yard box had only the keeper to beat, but blazed her shot over the bar.
Caitlin Russell then came close to extending Hibs’ advantage. Doing all the work herself, driving from the halfway line and beating three Forfar players on her way, and firing a fierce effort at the Forfar goal but well held by Dryden in the Forfar goal.
The next Forfar attack, resulted in the equaliser. Parsley received the ball on the right hand side, and from then on, one touch football was the instigator into causing Hibs to concede. Chasing shadows they were as Forfar broke through, and Noble finished off a great move as Forfar equalised for the second time. The game was turning out to be a cracker. 
  • Half Time:
  • Hibernian Girls
  • 2-2
  • Real Farmington
From the start of the second half onwards, Real Farmington started to take the ascendency. They constantly provided Hibs with problems, especially in the wide positions, and putting the pressure on the Hibs goalkeeper with numerous shots and crosses.
Lauren Stewart, the Hibs goalkeeper, had to be alert early in the second half when Gallacher shot from 25 yards out after some good work on the right hand side from Parsley. Stewart had to make a smart save down to her right hand side.
Forfar couldn’t have came closer to taking the lead for the first time, and if it wasn’t for Stewart in the Hibs goal, they would have. A looping effort on the half volley from Parsley forced Stewart to backpedal towards her goal line, and scoop the ball away, and Lindsey Dunbar must have thought she had scored with the follow up, but Stewart was quick off the deck to palm away Gallacher’s effort for a corner.
It was to be a set piece which gave Hibs their winner only 6 minutes from the end. A corner kick was taken short on the right hand side. Chelsea Cornet received the ball and played a fierce cross into the box. The Farmington goalkeeper, Dryden, was under pressure and let the ball slip from her grasp before reclaiming it. Was it a foul on the goalkeeper? Did the goalkeeper prevent it from crossing the line? The officials decided the answer was no on both counts and awarded a goal to Hibs.
The last five minutes saw Real press for an equaliser, but they came up against a resolute Hibs defence - determined to hang on and not suffer a repeat of their League Cup final heart-break. The closing stages must have seemed like an eternity to those in green and white, but eventually the referee blew the final whistle, much to the joy of the Hibs players and coaches, but to the despair of the Forfar Farmington players and coaches.
Congratulations to Hibs for reaching the SWF Scottish Youth Cup Final, where they will meet Rangers after the Ibrox side beat Old Firm rivals Celtic 4-0 in the other semi final. Commiserations to Forfar Farmington who threw the kitchen sink at Hibs in the second half, but just couldn’t get the goal they needed. 
  • Full Time:
  • Hibernian Girls
  • 3-2
  • Real Farmington


Hibernian Girls
Real Farmington
1. Lauren Stewart
2. Emma North
4. Chelsea Cornet
6. Erin Burns
7. Rebecca Smith
8. Kelsey Boyle
9. Jamielee Smith
10. Caitlin Russell
12. Rebecca Mcarthur
14. Amy Lynch
15. Nicole Rutherford
16. Daniella Moffat
17. Amber Robertson
22. Bianca Murphy
101. Lindsay Ferry
1. Hannah Dryden
2. Heather Royle
3. Jade McLaren
4. Murron White
5. Dana Mcfarlane
6. Ellice Brannan
7. Kayleigh Noble
8. Lindsey Dunbar
9. Chloe Dunn
10. Amy Gallacher
12. Laura Parsley
15. Donna Paterson
17. Megan Burns
19. Lori Allan
20. Kayleigh Brough
Star Player
Hibernian Girls
Real Farmington
Kelsey Boyle was Hibs' stand out player all afternoon. She constantly tried to pass the ball and play football the right way.
Forfar threw everything at Hibs, and all the pressure was instigated by striker Amy Gallacher. Her link up play, and holding the ball up was brilliant all afternoon, and if it wasn't for the offside flag, her name would of been on the scoresheet as well.
Magic Moment
Hibernian Girls
Real Farmington
Lauren Stewart's tremendous double save kept Hibs on level terms, when Forfar were threatening to take control of the match.
Forfar's second goal was a brilliant showing of one touch passing between four players, and it was eventually finished off to equalise. Brilliant football all round.
Club Views
Hibernian Girls
Real Farmington
Video interview to follow
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