The University of Stirling retained the coveted Scottish Students Women’s Cup of 2018, after defeating Edinburgh University 2-0 at Lesser Hampden.
It was a terrific display from Stirling, who, after an initial early scare after Edinburgh raced out the traps, ended up controlling the game well through an impressive midfield display.
In the end, a goal from Ellie Simpson added to a first-half goal direct from a corner from Beth McKay to secure the title for Stirling.
Stirling had hammered Glasgow University 4-0 in the semi-finals, but it was Edinburgh who came out strong in the first 10 minutes.
Edinburgh knocked out St Andrew’s University on penalties in the semi-finals, and Rebecca Gray had their first shot of the afternoon when her low effort was well held by the impressive Chloe Logan.
The conditions made things difficult for both sides, but there was an eagerness from both to keep the ball on the deck and play attractive, passing football.
Jordan Doak showed good endeavour to win the ball high up the park for Edinburgh, and laid it off to Margaux Durand-Watson. The number 10 had a strike from 20 yards out, but Logan again was equal to it.
Doak was looking lively in the first 20 minutes, and fed Beth MacLeod with a lovely through ball. However, her low strike was tremendously blocked again by Logan.
MacLeod was showing some lovely touches around the box, but Edinburgh really lacked a killer instinct in front of goal in the first half hour.
And they were punished on 24 minutes. Beth McKay curled in wicked corner, and Parker-Smith could only parry the ball into her own net. It was a rotten piece of luck for an Edinburgh side who started extremely well.
There was a zip to Stirling going forward after their early opener. They were looking to exploit the flanks after the first and really took the game to Edinburgh.
In contrast, Edinburgh looked sapped, and that early energy they were showing in the final third wasn’t on display after the opener. Too many loose passes were going back into Stirling University’s hands.
Chances, however, were at a premium for both sides before the break. Kim Guthrie had a pot-shot from 20 yards that was easily gathered by Parker-Smith.
Half-time would arrive with Stirling firmly in control, but with both sides still looking for additional cutting-edge in the final third.