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Glasgow City prevail in Girls derby to reach final

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Welsh (3), McCall (2), Dearie, Anderson
  • Sunday, 05 October 2014
  • Stirling University
  • 17's Girls
  • SWF Youth Cup Semi-Final

Euan Strathearn | YFS Central Region Journalist
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Glasgow City battled hard against Glasgow Girls to win 7-1 and book a place in the SWF Youth Cup Final. The full-time result was harsh on Glasgow Girls who matched City for much of the game, but in the end City’s class up front made the difference.
Glasgow Girls took an early lead through a Natasha Donaghy header but Maxine Welsh grabbed a scintillating first half hat trick to put City 3-1 up going into the break. Glasgow Girls pushed hard to get back into the game but City proved too strong in attack. Jamie-lee Dearie added a fourth before Lyndsay McCall scored twice then Amy Anderson got on the scoresheet to complete a great day for City.
The game began at a frantic pace with challenges flying in from both teams eager to get on the ball. The two Glasgow teams looked to be well match in the middle of the park.
A couple of early chances came and went for both teams with the best chance coming from a Megan Murray free-kick. Shortly after, Murray's perseverance was to be rewarded as her long throw was headed in by Donaghy to give Glasgow Girls the lead.
The early goal appeared to serve as a wake-up call to City who upped the tempo after going behind. They pushed forward and looked dangerous every time they were in possession.
Welsh’s pace in particular was causing problems all over the park for Glasgow Girls and she was rewarded for her efforts when she raced through on goal to grab the equaliser for City.
The goal gave the City side the momentum in this match and sparked a great spell for the team in orange. Amy Burrows chipped the ball through to Welsh who connected perfectly with her right-foot to lob the helpless goalkeeper from 20 yards out to put her team in front.
Glasgow Girls struggled to get a hold of the ball with City continuing to press high up the park and two minutes after adding her second goal, Welsh was on hand again to tap-in a Kodie Hay cross to grab herself an unbelieveable first half hat trick.
  • Half Time:
  • Glasgow Girls FC
  • 1-3
  • Glasgow City FC
The second half began much like the first with the two sides fiercely contesting each loose ball. The half-time team talk clearly had an effect for the Glasgow Girls side as they carved out a couple of chances.
The bright opening the Glasgow Girls side had was to be short-lived however when against the run of play Dearie charged through before deftly lifting the ball over the goalkeeper to increase City’s lead.
Glasgow Girls began to pick themselves up and moments later Murray, who had now moved into midfield, went on a solo run down the left wing and was unlucky not to find support in the box.
The pace in the City side which hurt Glasgow Girls in the first-half showed no signs of slowing down. McCall this time bursting through to get between the defender and the oncoming goalkeeper to prod the ball into the back of the net.
This game was now firmly in the City sides grasp with substitute Aimee McGourlick causing all sorts of problems with her surging runs from the left.
With Glasgow Girls trailing in the final stages, they committed players forward which left them exposed at the back and McCall took advantage adding her second with a shot from the left-hand corner of the box fizzing into the back of the net.
Substitute Amy Anderson also made her mark late on in the game to coolly slot home from inside the six yard box to confirm City’s place in the final and condemn an unlucky Glasgow Girls side to a semi-final exit.
Glasgow City will take great confidence from this game going into what will be a fantastic match with Rangers Girls in November.
  • Full Time:
  • Glasgow Girls FC
  • 1-7
  • Glasgow City FC


Glasgow Girls FC
Glasgow City FC
1. Shelby McGuinness
2. Chelsea Burnett
3. Marcia McKay
4. Leanne Anderson
5. Megan Elizabeth Murray
6. Victoria Collins
7. Chloe Boyd
9. Caitlan McKenna
10. Natasha Donaghy
11. Victoria Sheeran
12. Janeen Campbell
14. Kaitlin Breslin
16. Toni Samson
17. Lauryn Reside
18. Toni McKay
20. Jade Hart
2. Maxine Welsh
3. Amy Anderson
4. Hannah Coakley
5. Lauren Kelly
6. Taylor Watson
7. Jamie-lee Dearie
10. Lyndsay McCall
12. Roseanne Wardlaw
13. Kodie Hay
14. Amy Burrows
15. Lauren Simmons
16. Aimee McGourlick
18. Marianne Macdonald
23. Chloe Gilfoyle
Star Player
Glasgow Girls FC
Glasgow City FC
Captain Megan Murray had a strong influence all over the park and unlucky not to get on the scoresheet
Maxine Welsh – A superb first half hat trick sent her side up for a fine victory. Her pace caused problems throughout and her finishing was exquisite. Not bad for a right-back by trait who ‘never scores’ as she said in the post match interview.
Magic Moment
Glasgow Girls FC
Glasgow City FC
Glasgow Girls first goal was the perfect start they had hoped for, they just couldn't stop a strong Glasgow City side.
Hat-trick hero Maxine Welsh’s second goal where she let the ball bounce infront of her before sweetly striking the ball sending the ball over the keepers head from twenty yards out.
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