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Rangers FC Girls 1

Baird 34'
  • Sunday, 09 November 2014
  • Toryglen
  • 17's Girls
  • SWF Youth Cup

David Brockett | YFS West Dunbartonshire Senior Reporter
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Rangers retained the SWF Youth Cup after a 1-0 win over Glasgow City at Toryglen this afternoon. Dana Baird’s wicked free kick was the only goal as Rangers ran out worthy winners over a strong City side. 
 
Rangers lined up in a 3-4-3 formation, while City opted for 4-3-3, but both teams struggled to assert their authority in the first ten minutes of the match, and it took 12 minutes for the first shot on goal to arrive. 
 
Great work on the right channel saw Maxine Welsh slip the ball into Jamie Lee Dearie, but she didn’t catch her shot properly and it didn’t test Rangers goalkeeper Jordyn Elliot.
 
On the half hour mark, Rangers took the lead. Having won a free kick 30 yards from goal, Dana Baird unleashed a ferocious right footed shot that soared past Chloe Gilfoyle to give Rangers a deserved lead. 
 
Eight minutes later, Rangers almost doubled their tally. Claire Mullen dispossessed City in midfield and threaded a fine through ball to Chantelle Brown but she lashed her effort high over the bar.
 
City almost got their way back into the game through the lively Welsh. A great switch of play by Lauren Kelly found it’s way to Welsh who cut inside the onrushing City fullback, before lashing narrowly past Elliot’s left hand post.
 
With a one goal advantage, Rangers continued to pass well and high on confidence, they started to control the match. Both Jamie Lee Dearie and Paige Frame were cautioned by the referee in the only other action of the first half as Rangers went into the break 1-0 up. 
  • Half Time:
  • Glasgow City FC
  • 0-1
  • Rangers FC Girls
A minute after the restart, Dearie found herself driving at the heart of the Rangers defence after a slip by Rangers centre back Kayleigh Docherty. As she was bearing down on goal, Gilfoyle was out promptly to block at her feet and preventing an almost certain goal.
 
Five minutes later, Baird almost grabbed her and Rangers’second. She expertly controlled a long ball, cut inside and curled an effort to wards goal that Gilfoyle did well to hold.
 
Dearie had another chance to level the scoring a few moments later, but her shot trundled towards goal, not testing Elliot.
 
Rangers made another substiution, Megan Galt replacing Demi Scott, and Galt made an instant impact. Her energy against a tiring City defence meant a succession of free kicks followed.
 
Baird went close again with another audacious effort, but this time her driven effort flew narrowly over the City crossbar.
 
City then squandered their best chance of the match. Megan Galt was again fouled and Alex Middleton’s free kick found Docherty, but only a wonder save from Gilfoyle prevented her thumping header from flying into the net for the equaliser.
 
City continued to press for the equaliser but to no avail as Rangers retained the SWF Youth Cup. Rachel Ross replaced Paige Frame at half time as Rangers struggled to get a hold on the second half.
 
A minute after the restart, Dearie found herself driving at the heart of the Rangers defence after a slip by Rangers centre back Kayleigh Docherty. As she was bearing down on goal, Gilfoyle was out promptly to block at her feet and preventing an almost certain goal.
 
Five minutes later, Baird almost grabbed her and Rangers’second. She expertly controlled a long ball, cut inside and curled an effort to wards goal that Gilfoyle did well to hold.
 
Dearie had another chance to level the scoring a few moments later, but her shot trundled towards goal, not testing Elliot.
 
Rangers made another substiution, Megan Galt replacing Demi Scott, and Galt made an instant impact. Her energy against a tiring City defence meant a succession of free kicks followed. Baird went close again with another audacious effort, but this time her driven effort flew narrowly over the City crossbar.
 
City then squandered their best chance of the match. Megan Galt was again fouled and Alex Middleton’s free kick found Docherty, but only a wonder save from Gilfoyle prevented her thumping header from flying into the net for the equaliser.
 
City continued to press for the equaliser but to no avail as Rangers retained the SWF Youth Cup. 
  • Full Time:
  • Glasgow City FC
  • 0-1
  • Rangers FC Girls

Lineups

Glasgow City FC
Rangers FC Girls
1. Chloe Gilfoyle
2. Maxine Welsh
4. Hannah Thomson Coakley
5. Lauren Kelly
6. Amy Louise Anderson
8. Taylor Watson
10. Lyndsay McCall
12. Roseanna Wardlaw
14. Amy Burrows
15. Lauren Elizabeth Simmons
16. Aimee McGourlick
17. Aimie Docherty
18. Annie Earley

Statistics
Free kicks won: 7
Fouls conceded: 6
Corners: 3
Shots off target: 6
Shots on target: 4
1. Jordyn Elliott
2. Rachel Ross
3. Jordan McLintock
4. Kayleigh Docherty
5. Alex Georgie Middleton
7. Dana Baird
8. Claire Louise Mullen
10. Sarah Robertson
11. Chantelle Brown
14. Megan Felgate
16. Taylor Davis
18. Paige Frame
19. Kirsty Blackley
22. Demi Scott
24. Megan Galt

Statistics
Free kicks won: 6
Fouls conceded: 7
Corners: 4
Shots off target: 4
Shots on target: 4
Star Player
Glasgow City FC
Rangers FC Girls
Chloe Gilfoyle - A tough choice but the Glasgow City keeper had a good game today in goal. Without Baird's wonder strike, she would have kept a clean-sheet.
Dana Baird - A stunning free-kick worthy of winning any game was the difference today. Without her, Rangers may not have sealed the victory.
Magic Moment
Glasgow City FC
Rangers FC Girls
Not so many 'magic moments' for Glasgow City to look back on, but they will be pleased with the drive to push forward towards the end of the game.
Baird's free-kick. A spectacular effort.
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