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City end Rovers' dream to reach second successive final

Glasgow City 5

Rice, Muir, Anderson, Crawford, Hay

Raith Rovers 2

McGowan, Dinnel
  • Sunday, 05 October 2014
  • Stirling University
  • 15's Girls
  • SWF Scottish Cup - Semi Final
Glasgow City kept their treble hopes alive with an eventful 5-2 victory over Raith Rovers to progress into the Scottish Cup final for the second consecutive year. 
 
After a slightly delayed kick-off at Gannochy, it was City who started on the front foot showing their attacking intentions through a long distance strike from Brogan Hay following some good link up play with Olivia Crawford. 
 
It was only 8 minutes before City went ahead and it came at no surprise considering their quick start. An excellent solo goal from Katie Rice as she picked up the ball in centre midfield, eased past a defender and fired a pin point shot into the bottom corner from over 20 yards out. 
 
Glasgow City capitalised on their early domination by adding a second just 2 minutes later. this move starting from Danielle Gallagher at left-back, who played a long channel ball over the defence for the tricky Jemma Marriot to latch onto. Marriot played a great ball across to Chloe Muir who finished off a great team move with a looping shot over the keeper. 
 
As the game settled, Raith began to have more of an influence in possession and their first half chance fell to Michaela McLachlan. After receiving the ball on the edge of the box, she played a quick one-two with captain Rebecca McGowan before flashing the shot wide. 
 
The third and arguably most important goal for City was provided right on the stroke of half-time. Chantelle Knox played a lovely ball wide to Marriot who whipped in a teasing cross for Raith to clear only as far as Monica Anderson. She gained control of the ball and struck a sweet right footed shot into the top corner from 20 yards. 
  • Half Time:
  • Glasgow City
  • 3-0
  • Raith Rovers
The second half began much like the first with Glasgow City gaining the initiative and seeing themselves go 4-0 up and comfortable. After a cleared Hay corner found its way back out to the striker,  she made no mistake setting up the very impressive Crawford to tap home from 6 yards. 
 
City showed no sign of slowing down taking their advantage to 5 without any reply 7 minutes later. Anderson turned provider this time with a powerful run along the left hand side to the byline before cutting back for Hay to get in on the act with a fierce shot above the helpless Chloe Muir. 
 
The goals kept on coming in this semi-final but this time, 50 minutes into the match, Raith Rovers pulled one back. McGowan who was the key player for Raith and led by example grabbed the ball on the right and drove in towards the goal with pace before coolly slotting past the keeper from a tight angle. 
 
Only 8 minutes later, Raith were showing signs of a potentially great comeback by adding their second goal to the match. Hard-working Kerri Dinnel received the ball with her back to goal and turned her marker brilliantly to drvie inward and finish off with a shot at the near post catching out the keeper from a similar angle to the first. 
 
With Raith now taking the upper hand in this second half they were given a massive lifeline, perhaps too late in the game, when a ball over the top of the City defence left Dinnel one on one with sub goalkeeper Carys Hopkins. Hopkins' rushing momentum carried her out of the box with the ball in hand and subsequently was shown a straight red card.
 
Raith's one player advantage left them with 10 minutes to turn the result around but the balls from midfield over the top to Dinnel couldn't create another opening and City advanced to the final despite a nervy end to the match. 
  • Full Time:
  • Glasgow City
  • 5-2
  • Raith Rovers

Lineups

Glasgow City
Raith Rovers
1. Arlene Carr
2. Erin Clachers
3. Abigail Crawford
4. Olivia Crawford
5. Murron Cunningham
6. Colette Elliott
7. Kirsty Fraser
8. Danielle Gallagher
9. Brogan Hay
10. Carys Hopkins
12. Zoe Lamont
13. Eva Lockhart
14. Melissa McDonald
15. Chloe Muir
16. Katie Gardner Rice
17. Rebecca Welsh
18. Sophie McGurk
19. Jemma Marriot
20. Monica Anderson

Statistics
Free kicks won: 9
Free kicks conceded: 9
Corners: 4
Shots off target: 7
Shots on target: 1
Headers won: 16
Tackles won: 35
1. Sophie Aitken
2. Natasha Bett
3. Nicole Carter
4. Ashleigh Dinnel
5. Kerri Dinnel
6. Katie Fowler
7. Niamh Irvine
8. Rebecca McGowan
9. Michaela McLachlan
10. Chloe Miller
11. Tyler Rattery
12. Megan Steadman

Statistics
Free kicks won: 9
Free kicks conceded: 9
Corners: 2
Shots off target: 4
Shots on target: 5
Headers won: 10
Tackles won: 20
Star Player
Glasgow City
Raith Rovers
Olivia Crawford - A superb performance, particluarly in the first half. Battled hard from the get go, her trickery was a joy to watch and her link up play with Brogan Hay was causing all sorts of trouble for Raith.
Captain Rebecca McGowan was a great leader for her team and worked hard throughout the whole game attempting to turn the result around. She was composed on the ball constantly, and played some key defence splitting passes for the strikers. She also capped it off with a lovely solo goal.
Magic Moment
Glasgow City
Raith Rovers
Has to be the opening goal of the game which was provided by Katie Rice. Her fantastic strike followed a composed and inventive run to cap off a terrific performance in the heart of midfield.
After the scoring of the first goal from captain McGowan, Raith really sensed a chance to get themselves back into the game and succeeded. With another goal coming quickly after and further applying the pressure resulting in a City sending off showed a great sign of never giving up and they were unlucky not to claw back more goals.
Club Views
Glasgow City
Raith Rovers
Interview to follow.
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