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Falkirk FC 0

Glasgow City FC 4

Gilfoyce 20, Boyce 45, 66, Hay 58
  • Saturday, 12 October 2013
  • Ravenscraig
  • 15's Girls
  • SWF Scottish Youth Cup

Rob McCarry | YFS West Region Journalist
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Ravenscraig was the venue for this season's Scottish Cup semi-finals with and in the outdoor tie Falkirk were yet again hoping to reach the national showpiece event and standing in their way were Glasgow City. Falkirk Coach Ian Dibden had coped well with the loss of a couple of key players this year and had continued his teams recent run of success with his current crop whilst in the opposite dugout Amy McDonald was hoping her young side could reach a similar level as they had spent this year going from strength to strength.
 
Under an unforgiving sky we kicked off and immediately Glasgow were on the attack and Brogan Hay was the first to terrorise the dark blue defence after sending in a dangerous early cross she then had he first shot of the match from a narrow angle but failed to trouble the goalkeeper as it flew into the side netting. Next to try their luck for the girls in orange was Carla Boyce with a half volley sent narrowly over from outside the box her next effort was blocked at the last as her side begun to make their mark on this game.
 
Captain Aimee McGourlick was proving to be a real creative force for the Glasgow side and her possession and control were a large part of why her team saw so much of the ball in the early going as she tried hard to create the killer opening before Lyndsay McCall then tried her luck but her effort sped just past the post and Katie Rice had her attempt bravely blocked by Jessica Murphy in the Falkirk backline as they turned away yet another threat to their goal mouth.
 
The opening goal wouldn't be far away though and a superb corner in proved to finally be the undoing of the girls in blue as it was met by McGourlick and sent goal wards before ever alert Gilfoyle nodded the ball home from a few yards out to give her side the lead after 20 minutes which was the least they deserved having been on the front foot for the entire game so far and soon after another corner for Glasgow was spilled by the beleaguered keeper under pressure but the turn and shot by Hay was cleared off the line as they looked to turn the screw now that they had the advantage but despite their pressure would go unrewarded and the score would remain 1-0 at half time.
  • Half Time:
  • Falkirk FC
  • 0-1
  • Glasgow City FC
Having held the momentum going into the break City were keen to keep up that tempo as we kicked off the second half and almost immediately they were swarming over their opponents and McCall was firing an effort on target from outside the box but it was well saved.
 
It must be mentioned at this point that, although under the thumb for large periods, a lot of the defending from Falkirk was extremely competent and solid with right back Rachel Vickerman a stand out performer for much of the game.
 
There would be no let up from Glasgow though and following a clumsy challenge on Carla Boyce outside the box by a lunging goalkeeper she picked herself up, dusted herself off and promptly sent the resulting set piece over the wall and off the bar where it bounced over the line to double their advantage on 45 minutes.
 
It was beginning to look like their would be no way back for unfortunate Falkirk as they now seemed second to every ball and Hay would prove too fast for her markers again as she raced clear in the box before her shot flew past the outrushing goalkeeper to score City's third before the hour mark.
 
Boyce nearly doubled her tally when her next attempt again shook the woodwork but this time the ball spun back into the box and although Hay was first to the loose ball her header would be well held by the custodian.
 
Boyce wouldn't be denied for long though and soon after would find herself free in the box where her wonderful touch and skill would see her leave the goalie beaten on the ground as she stroked the ball home for her side's fourth and what would prove to be final goal.
 
A dominant performance by the west coast side was appreciated by all in attendance and when the final whistle blew the Falkirk girls were quick to embrace and congratulate a side the viewed as worthy winners, themselves knowing what it takes to reach the pinnacle of the girls game in this country, but today Glasgow City were simply peerless and although they'll be facing a strong Hibernian side in the final, City's eyes are firmly on cup success this November.
  • Full Time:
  • Falkirk FC
  • 0-4
  • Glasgow City FC

Lineups

Falkirk FC
Glasgow City FC

1 Lauren Bruce
2 Jessica Murphy
3 Carly Lauder
4 Rachel Vickerman
5 Abbie Trotter
6 Kimberly McAlpine
8 Ciara Donaldson
9 Fern Newbigging
10 Kerry Charles
GK Sophie Laird
GK Errin Shepherd-Rodgers
12 Carrie Short
14 Abbi Monir
15 Ellie Kane
17 Chloe Ward
18 Demi MacPhail

1 Lucy Taylor
2 Murron Cunningham
3 Monica Anderson
4 Amy Burrows
5 Marianne MacDonald
6 Lyndsay McCall
7 Carla Boyce
9 Brogan Hay
10 Katie Rice
12 Milissa McDonald
14 Aimee McGourlick
15 Chloe Gilfoyle
16 Chantelle Knox
17 Jennifer McDonald
18 Olivia Crawford

Star Player
Falkirk FC
Glasgow City FC
Rachel Vickerman was in fine form and was rarely caught out of position as she fought against a strong Glasgow frontline.
Carla Boyce was simply superb and but for the width of a coat of paint would be taking home the match ball as well as the plaudits.
Magic Moment
Falkirk FC
Glasgow City FC
The heroic block by Jessica Murphy summed up her side's defensive resolve today.
The stunning free kick by Carla Boyce was all the more impressive when considering she was recovering from an ankle knock she received moments earlier.
Club Views
Falkirk FC
Glasgow City FC
Video interviews to follow.
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