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Set-piece specialists Hibernian down Forfar to win league cup

Hibernian Ladies FC 4

McCafferty 12' Waddell 20' Jefferies 37' 69'

Forfar Farmington FC 1

Millar 10'
  • Sunday, 02 February 2014
  • Ainslie Park
  • 17's Girls
  • Caroline Weir League Cup
Rafie Thompson

Rafie Thompson | YFS South East Region Journalist
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Hibernian's set-piece abilities were paramount to their success as they defeated Forfar Famington 4-1 to win the Caroline Weir League Cup on a windy afternoon at Ainslie Park. Lois Millar opened the scoring for Forfar in what was a positive start. However, goals from Ria McCafferty, Nicola Waddell and a brace from Kirsty Jefferies consigned Famington to defeat.

The Hibees had the better of the opening chances, with Smith, Jefferies and MacNamara all combining on the edge of the box. The latters resulting shot was confidently saved by opposition ‘keeper Holly Milne with only a minute gone.

However Forfar showed fight and against the run of play they scored the first goal of the game with 10 minutes gone. Millar showed determination to pounce first on an un-cleared corner and her shot hit the back of the net despite the best efforts of the Hibs defence.

The northern Edinburgh side were soon level through a fortunate goal from Ria McCafferty. Her inswinging corner kick managed to sneak in at the near post to the surprise of everyone in the ground including Ria herself, the nature of the goal mattered not however as Hibs were level.

The team in green held momentum as the pace of strikers Jefferies and Smith were beginning to cause problems for the Forfar defence and Hibernian soon had their second from another set piece. McCafferty’s corner taking abilities were on show again as her corner was headed down and met by Nicola Waddell who lashed the ball into the net from 12 yards to put Hibs in the driving seat.

Despite some hard working Forfar defending, epitomised by Hoggan, they fell further behind to another set piece. This time Kirsty Jefferies got on the score sheet as she controlled the corner kick and smartly turned and shot from close range into the bottom right corner.

  • Half Time:
  • Hibernian Ladies FC
  • 3-1
  • Forfar Farmington FC

Hibernian Ladies started the second half well. Turner embarked on a great run through the Forfar defence and won a free-kick in a dangerous position only to see the effort fly over the bar from the 20 yard set piece.

The winning side had Morgan Turner to thank for many of their chances as her playmaking efforts kept the pressure up on the opposition goal. Her through ball to Jefferies was pinpoint and the ‘keeper Sherie Stewart was forced to produce a great save to keep the deficit low.

Chances were few and far between after 55 minutes with each team working hard to break one another down and fresh legs brought on by each team it was looking like the score would remain at 3-1 until the final whistle.

The Hibees set piece prowess proved to be the decider again for the fourth goal as Jefferies got her brace on 69 minutes to put the game out of Forfar’s reach. An outswinging corner by McCafferty was met by the head of Jefferies and the ball nestled into the near post to make the score 4-1.

Hibernian kept up the pressure and worked right until the final whistle with Forfar unable to reduce the deficit despite their unity in defence. Hibs were deserving of their victory as their practice of set pieces on the training ground ultimately undid the solid Famington defence.

  • Full Time:
  • Hibernian Ladies FC
  • 4-1
  • Forfar Farmington FC

Lineups

Hibernian Ladies FC
Forfar Farmington FC
1. Whitney McMahon
2. Caitlin Ross
4. Kirsty Jefferies
5. Nicola Waddell
6. Shannon Macnamara
7. Morgan Turner
8. Niamh Mullen
10. Ria McCafferty
11. Mhari Smith
14. Chloe Sinclair
15. Megan Kerr
16. Livi Murphy
17. Megan Reilly
21. Shannon Troup
1. Sherie Stewart
3. Leah White
4. Jessica McGregor
5. Keira Balfour
6. Sophie Young
7. Tamzin Mclaren
8. Carrie Hoggan
9. Chloe Reilly
10. Erin Thomson
11. Rebecca McMillan
12. Lia Cameron
13. Holly Milne
15. Emily Grundy
16. Lois Millar
17. Bethany Moir
18. Kirrin Gellatly
23. Caitlin Mitchell
Star Player
Hibernian Ladies FC
Forfar Farmington FC
Morgan Turner - she was the star player as her work behind the scenes was exemplary. While she did not get on the score-sheet she worked tirelessly to win the ball back when Forfar looked threatening and provided many key passes in attack to show how versatile she was for her team. A key player in Hibernian's victory.
Carrie Hoggan - much like Morgan, Carrie epitomised her team's defensive spirit by making key tackles throughout the game. Her high work rate was unrivalled by her team mates and she often turned defence into attack showing her playmaking abilities were just as good as her work in defence. A player with a high work rate setting an example for aspiring players.
Magic Moment
Hibernian Ladies FC
Forfar Farmington FC
Hibernian's fourth Goal. Jefferies showed her courageous spirit throughout the game and rounded it off with a powerful attacking header after a sweet outswinging corner from McCafferty. It was a goal that showed their set piece ability and it was goal of the match.
Taking the lead after ten minutes. Despite being pegged back by Hibernian in the opening minutes. Forfar showed great determination as they managed to score to get the first goal of the game. The goal was from close range after a corner and while it was great, the belief you could see in the players was a good moment as it showed their never say die attitude.
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