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Second half surge sees Hibs pip Glasgow to Scottish Cup final berth

Hibs Ladies 4

McEwan (2), Bowie, McCafferty

Glasgow Girls 1

Oliver
  • Sunday, 25 September 2016
  • Kilwinning Sports Club
  • Under 13´s
  • SWF Youth Cup - Semi Final

Mark Gillespie | YFS North Ayrshire Senior Reporter
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It was a blustery but dry day at Kilwinning Sports Club as the sides lined up for this first 13 semi final, with a place in the Toryglen finals up for grabs. After an competitive opening 35 minutes, it was the side from Edinburgh who finally prevailed with a three goal flurry in the second half to see off their Glasgow Girls rivals.
 
Glasgow had in fact taken an early lead in a finely balanced first half. The opener arrived almost from kick off as Olivia Oliver caught the Hibs defence cold with a dashing 30 yard run into the penalty area. Clean through on goal, she showed great composure to place her shot into the net to give Glasgow the dream start.
 
Hibs took a while to settle against a well organised midfield, lifted by the opener. Space was at a premium as Glasgow thwarted attacks with Hibs trying to find their passing game. It would take a bit of quality to unlock the Glasgow defence.
 
And it was a fine equaliser which arrived on 15 minutes. Tegan Bowie took the ball down outside a busy penalty area, and the route to goal looked difficult. But with a delightful drag back of the ball she managed to find the extra space to thread a low shot from the angle of the box and into the opposite corner of the net.
 
All level again, and it became a midfield stalemate for much of the remaining opening half, with two well organised sides sensing the next goal would be crucial.
  • Half Time:
  • Hibs Ladies
  • 1-1
  • Glasgow Girls
Breaking the deadlock on 42 minutes, there was no looking back for the Hibs side, as they ran in a quick succession of goals. The crucial second came from a high ball through, and Eilidh McEwan took advantage of some indecision in the Glasgow defence to tuck home from a tight angle.
 
5 minutes later, and she repeated the trick, in almost a carbon copy down the right side of the Glasgow area. The Hibs forward still had a lot to do but from a tight angle she managed to dispatch past the keeper to put some daylight between the sides.
 
Hibs had really taken control of the midfield by now, pressing high and forcing mistakes as Glasgow looked for a response. A minute later and the result was beyond doubt, this time from the piece, as Robyn McCafferty found herself free in the box to head home Katy Pollock’s corner kick.
 
Hibs were by now first to every ball, with McEwan on a hat trick, having her effort well saved Cunningham before Abby Cameron fired wide on 54 minutes.  But Glasgow still had some pride to play for as their game became one of damage limitation.
 
Glasgow enjoyed some late possession in the closing 10 minutes with Oliver getting into some good space down the right flank. She laid on a late opportunity for Sophie Bustard, who couldn’t find the consolation goal as she fired just over.
 
Hibs march on, after a convincing victory the end, and they can look forward to a day to remember as they face Bayside in the Toryglen finals in a few weeks time.
  • Full Time:
  • Hibs Ladies
  • 4-1
  • Glasgow Girls

Lineups

Hibs Ladies
Glasgow Girls
6. Tegan Bowie
11. Abigail Adele Cameron
2. Carys Grieve
4. Robyn McCafferty
9. Eilidh McEwan
1. Grace Mitchell
3. Katy Pollock
10. Iris Ramage
12. Eve Somerville
8. Sophie Bustard
1. Nicole Cunningham
5. Abbie Cusack
15. Niamh Flockhart
4. Jaya Gill
10. Katie Hendry
6. Orla King
1. India Marwalha
7. Ellie McGoldrick
9. Zara McNaugher
3. Kiera McNeilly
11. Olivia Oliver
Star Player
Hibs Ladies
Glasgow Girls
Elidh McEwan grabbed a couple of decisive second half goals.
Olivia Oliver gave her side the early breakthrough and made some good runs throughout.
Magic Moment
Hibs Ladies
Glasgow Girls
Tegan Bowie's drag back and finish got Hibs back level.
Oliver's great run and shot gave Glasgow the early momentum.
  • Match report and photos copyright Youth Football Scotland.
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