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.