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Wednesday, 06 December 2017 11:55

SPFL Development League Round-Up - 4/5 December

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Falkirk 0-2 St. Johnstone
St. Johnstone leapfrogged opponents Falkirk after an impressive 2-0 victory at the Falkirk Stadium.
The Saints took an early lead in the fourth minute when Ally McCann gave himself the perfect birthday present when his shot deflected past goalkeeper Brett Young and into the back of the net.
The Bairns were almost level immediately when Mark Finlayson's effort rattled the crossbar before Saints broke and hit a crossbar of their own through Craig Thomson.
The Perth side had to wait until the 67th minute to seal all three points when Shaun Struthers finished off a quick break for his side. Falkirk's misery was completed 15 minutes from time when Cieren Dunne was given his marching orders for a high challenge.
Aberdeen 6-3 Partick Thistle
A goalfest of a second-half saw Aberdeen emerge victorious as they saw off Partick Thistle 6-3 at Station Park.
Toby Wells opened the scoring with a great free-kick before the Dons were brought back by Callum Wilson.
Sam Roscoe scored early on in the second half to restore Aberdeen's lead. Seb Ross extended that lead with two quickfire goals close to the hour mark, with Aiden Fitzpatrick giving the Jags hope on the 74th minute but just a couple of minutes later Ross had his hat-trick.
Wilson grabbed his second of the game and Thistle's third four minutes from time, but almost straight from the kick off Ross added an astonishing fourth goal of the game to secure the points for Dons and keep up the pressure on Hibernian in top spot.
Dundee United 0-3 Hamilton Accies
Dundee United remain bottom of the SPFL Development League after a 3-0 home defeat to in-form Hamilton Accies.
It took till seven minutes into the second half for the scoring to open, with Taylor Wilson tapping Lewis Fergsuon's knock down into an empty net.
Accies had a second just after the hour mark when a mistake from United 'keeper Josh Donaldson saw his kick out fall straight to Lewis Cunningham, who rounded the 'keeper to slot home.
Accies finished the scoring through Cunningham effort that bounced over Donaldson and into the net.
Hibernian 2-1 Kilmarnock
Hibernian maintained their place at the top of the SPFL Development League table with a 2-1 win over Kilmarnock at Oriam Performance Centre.
The Edinburgh side took the lead a minute before half-time when Adam Watson's corner was firmly headed into the back of the net by Ryan Porteous.
Kilmarnock fought back however and looked to have earned a well-deserved point when Daniel Higgins fired home with just eight minutes to go.
But it wasn't to be and Hibernian showed why they are top of the league when Deivydas Matulevicius flicked a long ball into the path of Jamie Gullan a minute later to calmly place it past Killie 'keeper Ross Millar for the win.
Ross County 1-4 Dundee
Dundee kept themselves within touching distance of the league leaders with an impressive 4-1 victory away to Ross County
The Dee took the lead on the 25th minute when a corner fell to Mtthew Henvey 15 yards out to drill home, however County were level on the stroke of half-time thanks to a header from Ross MacIver.
Henvey restored Dundee's lead after 65 minutes, capitlising on a mistake in the County defence to slot into an empty net.
Two goals in five minutes from Max Anderson and John Smith sealed the win for the Tayside team.
St. Mirren 0-1 Motherwell
Motherwell were the team to leave the Paisley 2021 Stadium with all three points after a narrow victory against St. Mirren
Deimantas Petravicius nearly put the Well in front in the first half when he broke one-on-one but his heavy touch gave Saints 'keeper Ross Stewart just enough of a chance to sweep up the ball.
Saints nearly had the lead after 77 minutes when Connor O'Keefe produced a stunning save from PJ Morrison.
But the Steelmen secured the points when Petravicius was brought down in the box with seven minutes to go. The Lithuanian got to his feet and fired into the top corner to secure the points for the Lanarkshire side.
Thursday, 30 November 2017 10:25

SPFL Development League Round-Up - 28/29 November

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St. Johnstone 1-3 Celtic
Celtic returned to Development League action on Wednesday with a 3-1 win at St. Johnstone to maintain their 100% start to the league season.
The Hoops opened the scoring through Ewan Henderson who finished off a slick move to fire into the top corner from 20-yards out.
The Saints were level just three minutes into the second half when Shaun Struthers nodded home from a free-kick, but Celtic had the lead again 20 minutes later through Grant Savoury.
Two minutes after that, Celtic sealed the points with a stunning long-range strike from Liam Henderson, leaving Saints ‘keeper Ben Mackenzie no chance.
Hamilton Accies 1-0 Aberdeen
Hamilton continued their impressive run of form with a 1-0 victory over league leaders Aberdeen at the Superseal Stadium and end the Dons five-game winning streak in the league.
The Accies started brightly against a young Aberdeen side but their best opportunity came just before the interval when Shaun Want headed a Steven Boyd cross just wide of the goal.
It wasn’t until the 56th minute when Accies took the lead through a Ross Cunningham shot from 10-yards, which was deflected by Harlain Mbayo past Archie Mair into the net.
Aberdeen nearly had an equaliser in the 89th minute when Sean Linden went through on goal only to have his shot blocked by ‘keeper Darren Jamieson.
Kilmarnock 1-1 Ross County
Struggling Kilmarnock secured a well fought point at home to Ross County.
Thomas Mikkelsen opened the scoring for County after combining well with Billy McKay to slide the ball underneath ‘keeper Ross Miller.
Killie dominated the match for the remainder of the first half, with Dom Thomas coming close to an equaliser, only to see his shot come off the woodwork.
Killie did eventually have their equaliser deep into the second half when Dan Scally nodded home Calum Waters’ cross to gain a valuable point.
Motherwell 1-2 Hibernian
Hibernian reclaimed the top spot on the SPFL Development League table with a good win away to Motherwell.
Motherwell opened the scoring from the penalty spot after Alfie Agyeman was brought down by Hibs ‘keeper Maciej Dabrowski. Ross Maclean stepped up for the young Steelmen to convert.
Hibernian equalised on the stroke of half-time when Oli Shaw won the ball and sent a terrific cross in towards Jamie Gullan who tapped home.
The Edinburgh side had their winning goal five minutes from when Innes Murray surged down the left wing to cut back for Shaw who blasted his shot past PJ Morrison in the Motherwell goal.
Partick Thistle 4-1 Dundee United
Partick Thistle climbed to 6th place in the Development League table with a stunning 4-1 victory at home to Dundee United.
The Jags were ahead on the half-hour mark through Josh Donaldson who reacted quickest to turn in Neil McLaughlin’s woodwork-stricken penalty.
The Terrors fell further behind on 69 minutes when McLaughlin stroked home from 12 yards, but United had one back two minutes later through Matty Smith.
But the comeback was off when Jamie Stokes added a third, before Callum Wilson finished the scoring with a penalty five minutes from time.
Wednesday, 29 November 2017 09:36

ANALYSIS REPORT: Morton v St Mirren (U20s)

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Morton beat fierce rivals St Mirren to secure their passage to the fifth round of the Scottish Cup on Sunday in a hotly-contested game.

Morton manager Darren Barr made one change from the team that beat Turriff United 3-0 in the previous round, with Ben Eardley replacing Cameron Hayes in the starting lineup. Mitchell Duffy moved to left-back, with Eardley starting on the left wing.

The hosts lined up in a 4-4-2 with Jack Purdue and Ben Armour leading the line. St Mirren, meanwhile, lined up in a 4-2-3-1 – Sam Jamieson was the lone forward while in central midfield, Conor McBrearty and Cameron MacPherson took turns holding in front of the defence and pushing up the park with one always remaining back.

Morton took the lead after just five minutes when Eardley converted a rebound from Ruaridh Langan’s penalty. With an early lead secured the home side sat back a little, allowing the St Mirren forwards to press the Morton defence relentlessly, giving them no time on the ball.

The Saints front line was very fluid, with their front five players often swapping roles in an effort to disrupt the Morton defence. The Ton stuck to their rigid system, keeping the pitch narrow and leaving little space through the middle for the visitors to exploit.

St Mirren pushed their full-backs up to overlap the midfield in an attempt to find space and were fairly successful. Because they were trailing St Mirren were forced to play a high back line, resulting in the Morton defence playing long balls forward for Armour and Purdue to chase in an attempt to stretch the Saints defence.

For the home side, right-winger David Anderson largely remained in midfield, leaving the task of supporting the strikers to Eardley on the left.

Morton were happy to allow their rivals to push up the park so they could hit them on the counter and this approach paid off after around half an hour of play. Armour was found with a defence-splitting through ball and calmly slotted the ball home to double Morton’s advantage.

McBrearty and MacPherson took turns sitting in front of the St Mirren defence, allowing the rest of the midfield to push forward and support Jamieson up front.

Both sides struggled to retain possession with the tackles flying in all over the pitch. For the last 10 minutes of the half the Paisley side move to 4-1-2-2-1, raising the tempo and intensity in a bid to pull one back before the break but to no avail.

The Saints came flying out of the traps in the second half, desperate to get the goal that would bring them back into the game. They lined up in a 4-2-3-1 in an effort to unlock the Morton defence and created a few decent chances, but were unable to find the net.

By this point the visitors had lost their discipline and flew into a number of increasingly rash tackles. Morton were more than happy to cede possession and play on the counter, and soon grabbed a third in this manner to kill the game.

A minute after the goal, life got even harder for St Mirren after Robbie Leitch was sent off, reducing them to ten men. Unfortunately for the Buddies, it wouldn’t be their last dismissal of the afternoon.

St Mirren played with a 4-3-2, giving themselves options in attack at the expense of having numbers in midfield. To their credit, they managed to pull one back with around ten minutes to go but it wasn’t enough to pull them back into the game.

There was still time for Cameron MacPherson and Evan Horne to get sent off, giving the away side no chance of getting back into the contest as they finished the match with just eight men on the pitch.

Thursday, 23 November 2017 12:30

SPFL Development Round-Up 20-21 November 2017

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Dundee United 2-2 Hibernian FC
It was honours even between Dundee United and Hibernian as they played out an entertaining 2-2 draw on a miserable Monday evening at Links Park.
Hibernian opened the scoring after nine minutes thanks to Ryan Porteous, who converted with a glancing header from Fraser Murray’s corner.
United equalised 10 minutes from the break with Matty Smith firing into the top corner from 15 yards out, and took the lead shortly after the interval through substitute Dom Mcmeekin.
Hibs were level after 65 minutes when Oli Shaw got onto the end of a Josh Campbell cross to convert and earn his side a share of the points.
Falkirk 0-2 Aberdeen
Aberdeen climbed to the top of the SPFL Development League with an impressive victory away to Falkirk.
The Dons took the lead on the 27 minute mark when striker Nicky Maynard was bundled down in the box for a penalty, which the experienced forward duly converted.
Falkirk began the second half brightly and could have been level early on through Mark Stowe, who broke through on goal only to angle his effort just wide of the post as they began to put Aberdeen on the back foot.
The Reds showed resilience though, and got their decisive second goal. Greg Stewart’s shot was parried by Bairns ‘keeper Robbie Mutch into the path of Frank Ross, who sealed the three points for his side.
Ross County 4-3 Motherwell
Ross County climbed up to third in the SPFL Development League table as they overcame high-flying Motherwell in a thrilling encounter in the Highlands.
Thomas Mikkelsen’s header on the 25 minute mark opened the scoring and the Danish forward added a second five minutes later to give the Staggies a two-goal cushion.
Motherwell came out fighting after the break and pulled one back with a stunning 20-yard strike from David Turnbull, and the ‘Well levelled the scoring just four minutes later through Luke Watt.
The Dingwall side responded three minutes later, taking the lead through Bill McKay. Motherwell levelled again thanks to Jack McMillan but County got what proved to be the winner 15 minutes from time when a deflected shot from Ross MacIvar found its way into the back of the net.
St. Mirren 3-3 Hamilton Accies
Both side left it late on Tuesday Afternoon as St. Mirren and Hamilton Accies shared six goals in the final half hour of an exciting match.
Cameron MacPherson opened the scoring for the Saints on the hour mark, only for Hamilton to equalise just 40 seconds later through Lewis Ferguson.
Five minutes later, Accies were in front through Ross Cunningham and extended that lead five minutes after that with a penalty after Ryan Tierney was fouled.
The Buddies brought one back with Andrew McDonald, and completed their comeback when Sam Jamieson rounded his namesake to end the scoring in an incredible second half of football

The Youth Cup clash between Rangers and Partick Thistle was a unique and interesting tie as it was the first time the Light Blues faced off against a Scottish Development team this season.

Rangers made the decision to pull out of the Development League in favour of glamour ties against some of England’s and Europe’s top academy teams. The only time Rangers have played a Scottish side this season was in a 2-1 defeat to Dumbarton in the IRN-BRU Challenge Cup.

Thistle sit seventh in the SPFL Development League and have had an average run of form in the league thus far. Five wins, five loses and one draw would suggest that Thistle’s place right in the middle of the table is spot on.

There was an element of the unknown for both teams in this game and it showed in the cagey opening encounters. The match had the sense of both teams trying to feel each other out. Thistle however nearly got off to the perfect start when Neil McLaughlin scored from a perfectly weighted Mark Lamont through ball. However, the assistant’s flag came to Rangers’ rescue. McLaughlin was playing right on the shoulder of the Rangers defence, hoping to use his speed against the imposing figures of Aiden Wilson and Lewis Mayo.

Jamie Barjonas would have been the most notable name that the Rangers fans inside Ibrox would be hoping to see. However, it at times looked like Andrew McCarthy and Callum Wilson were told to double mark Barjonas and it certainly worked and helped to lessen his influence on the game.

Cammy Palmer more than stepped up to the mark for the home side, and in truth ran the show from the midfield. Palmer seemed to be everywhere on the park and was a very difficult obstacle for the Thistle attack to break down. Numerous times Palmer would break up play and his own slick passing would start a Rangers attack.

The two teams had no lack of speed and it was a very fast paced match. Connor Higgins, Lee Duncanson, and McLaughlin were clearly the main threat for Thistle and indeed their pace in turning defence into attack did give the Rangers defence one or two things to think about.

For the home side, wingers Andrew Dallas and Serge Atakayi are certainly no slouches in the pace department. Dallas had a fantastic game throughout but Atakayi was kept quiet for the most part by Jason Krones. Atakayi’s persistence would reap the rewards for Rangers later in the match.

It was Zak Rudden who opened the scoring just after the break. Rudden was a constant menace throughout the match. His pace and height made him a versatile weapon and was a player that the Thistle defence couldn’t take their eye off of for a second. Dallas then scored Rangers’ second and it looked like that would be that as a deflated Thistle faced an uphill battle.

Goals change games however.  McLaughlin scored from the penalty spot and Thistle were back in the match. Moments later, McLaughlin found himself on the ball after it was knocked on from a corner and the striker made no mistake. Kieran Wright had precious little to do in goal but the two shots he did face both ended up in the back of the net.

Thistle were clearly buoyed from their dramatic comeback but when the game had settled down again it was Rangers who looked more likely to score the decisive goal. It took some fine goalkeeping from Jamie Stevenson and some poor finishing from Rangers to ensure the game went to extra time.

Extra time is often described as a battle of fitness and it certainly looked that way as an energetic Rangers continued to attack, while Thistle seemed to somewhat run out of steam.  The ball fell at the feet of Atakayi who scored to put Rangers back in front, right on the stroke of half time.

Chances were few and far between for Thistle, but McLaughlin passed up on a golden opportunity to grab his hat-trick as he volleyed over from edge of the six-yard box. Substitute, Dapo Mebude would play in Rudden for his second goal of the game to double the lead. Mebude would then get a goal of his own after McCarthy was sent off for Thistle for a second bookable offence.

If truth be told, Rangers’ superiority shone through in the end. Graeme Murty and Billy Kirkwood will be hoping that their sides’ European adventures will give them the emphasis to go on and do one better than the runner up spot that Rangers claimed in last season’s Youth Cup.

Wednesday, 15 November 2017 09:37

Match Analysis: Scotland v Ukraine U21

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Ukraine overcame a Scotland side severely lacking creative nous at McDiarmid Park on Tuesday evening to leapfrog them in the race to qualify for the next European Championships.

Scotland began the game in their familiar 4-2-3-1 formation that had so far served them well during the European Championships qualifying campaign. Oliver McBurnie was the focal point of attack, replacing regular frontman Oliver Burke after the latter pulled out of the squad with an injury.

The lineup was virtually unchanged from Friday night’s home draw with Latvia, with Scot Gemmill only replacing John Souttar with Ross McCrorie after the Hearts defender sustained a concussion during the Latvia game.

Aberdeen’s Scott McKenna captained the side and was paired alongside McCrorie in central defence – the Rangers defender rewarded for his fine recent form at Ibrox.

Ukraine manager Olexandr Holovko set his side up in a 4-1-4-1 formation initially, with Oleksandr Pikhalonok sitting in between the midfield and the defence. While Ukraine were on the ball, centre-backs Pavlo Lukyanchuk and Ivan Zotko remined in defence marking McBurnie, allowing both full-backs to push forward into midfield to support attacks.

The Ukrainians played with a high line and pressed Scotland relentlessly; in contrast, Scotland’s build-up play was ponderous and slow. Holovko had clearly done his homework and recognised Scotland’s strength down the left of the pitch – the away side did well to nullify Scotland’s attempts to find Lewis Morgan out wide.

The opening half-hour was a cagey affair with Ukraine in particular crowding the midfield, leaving space on the wings that Scotland failed to exploit. Morgan was ineffective out wide and the one time he moved further infield, the St Mirren midfielder managed to fire off a decent shot from distance.

The visitors began to grow into the game and exert more control over proceedings, enjoying more of the ball than Scot Gemmill’s men. The Scottish defence was extremely compact but both Morgan and Chris Cadden were guilty of not tracking back, allowing the two Ukrainian full-backs to repeatedly drive beyond the Scotland defence on the overlap.

Holovko then switched to a 4-3-3, where the attacking players in particular swapped positions and roamed in an effort to unsettle the Scotland back line. Viktor Kovalenko and Olexandr Zinchenko were especially impressive, swapping seamlessly between central midfield and striker roles every few minutes.

Then, with the last kick of the first half, Ukraine got the goal that swung the match in their favour. A tactical rethink was required of Gemmill and when the teams ran on to the park for the second period, the Scotland boss had rejigged his team into a 4-1-4-1, with Allan Campbell protecting the back four.

McBurnie cut an increasingly isolated figure at the head of the home side’s attack, with little support from midfield. Ukraine took to the pitch in the same system as before – this time, however, they were knocking the ball about with more confidence and were dominating possession. They continued to press high up the park and gave the Scotland defenders very little time to play out from the back.

Ukraine pressed for a second goal and around the hour mark Gemmill made his first substitution, replacing Dom Thomas with Dunfermline’s Ryan Williamson. Holovko stuck to his guns and reaped the rewards – with his full-backs pushed up, the Ukrainians outnumbered the Scots in midfield and Gemmill’s team failed to get a foothold in the match.

Andriy Boryachuk squandered a couple of decent chances to add to his tally before Gemmill sensed that something had to change. Liam Smith was replaced by Ryan Hardie with 20 minutes left to play as Scotland moved to a 4-4-2 formation. Five minutes later, Gemmill used his final substitution to bring on Scott Wright for McBurnie.

Wright made an instant impact for Scotland, pressing the Ukrainian defence and making life uncomfortable for them. Another tactical tweak followed for Scotland – the players now lined up in a 4-4-1-1, with Wright playing off centre-forward Hardie.

In the last ten, Scotland began to throw players forward and were almost rewarded with an equaliser, but captain McKenna saw his header following a set-piece cleared off the line. The momentum had swung in Scotland’s favour but despite their change in intensity, an equaliser was not to be.

Ukraine switched to a 4-4-2 to see the game out and made two substitutions in stoppage time to break up the game. A deflection deep in stoppage time saw the ball fall to Kovalenko for a one-on-one and the Shakhtar prospect coolly slotted the ball past Ryan Fulton to seal the win for the Eastern Europeans.

Tuesday, 14 November 2017 07:02

SWF Scottish Youth Cup Finals 2017 - Match Centre

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On 12th November 2017 six teams from six clubs descended on Oriam National Performance Centre in Edinburgh. The very first time the SWF Scottish Youth Cup finals had been played at the state of the art new facility, following a number of years at Toryglen. Each match had its own different subplot... The 13's saw Motherwell and Glasgow Girls aim to win the trophy for the first ever time; the 15's needed very little introduction with Hibs taking on Hearts - the first time these two clubs had met in this showpiece match; and the final match saw two of the heavyweights of the women's game collide aiming to add to their already impressive trophy hauls - Celtic v Glasgow City. 
YFS covered the matches with live streaming, photography, match reports and analysis. You can find links to all of the coverage below.
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Match Report | Photo Gallery | Match Analysis | Players of the Match | Video Clip of the Game
Celtic Player of the Match: Kathleen McGovern
Kathleen McGovern stood out for Celtic in their win over Glasgow City in the SWF Youth Cup final on Sunday afternoon. McGovern, who started the game up front, bagged the only goal of the game as the hoops went on to win 1-0 in a close fought affair. Her goal came from an inch perfect through ball from tricky winger Aisha Maughan and McGovern made no mistake as she slotted the ball past City keeper Sophie Allison.
McGovern continued to cause bother for the city defence holding the ball up very well and getting into dangerous positions. As the game went on McGovern changed position to play in the middle of the park, this didn’t seem to affect her game as she won her fair share of tackles and loose balls and was a crucial player for Celtic as they looked to see the game out.
The energy and persistence of McGovern in the middle seemed to frustrate the Glasgow City midfield as they struggled to get a grip of the game. She was constantly in the faces of the City players, closing them down and winning possession back for her team.
The whole Celtic team can be proud of the way they played in their final victory. Aisha Maughan looked like she could cause the City defence problems every time Celtic went forward, with her skills, pace and range of passing which paid off with an assist.
Jade Menzies was also solid in midfield, barely losing possession and winning aerial battles. However, McGovern is worthy of her player of the match award for a real solid performance playing both as a striker and as a centre midfielder, and of course a fine finish for the goal that proved to be the winner as Celtic became Scottish Cup champions.
Glasgow City Player of the Match: Laura McCartney
 Although their Under 17’s Scottish Women’s Youth Cup Final with Celtic didn’t go the way Glasgow City would have hoped, in midfielder Laura McCartney they had a player who can hold her head up high and be particularly proud of the way she performed.
From first whistle to last she was involved in almost everything Glasgow City did; she tracked back and helped break up any Celtic attacks, whilst going forward her first thought was always to drive at opposition defenders and look to take them on.
Her efforts were a key reason that Glasgow City were the better team for long periods in the first half and even after Celtic took the lead and began to take control of the game, she still looked like City’s best bet of producing a moment of quality that could’ve seen them back into the game.
She wasn’t the only City player to play well though. Half time substitute Danielle Mullen went straight upfront and began causing the Celtic backline problems. She was particularly good at holding the ball up when it was cleared from deep inside her own half, waiting for the City players to get up the pitch and bringing them into play. 
Hannah Scott was another Glasgow City player to make a big impact in the middle of the park. Similarly to McCartney she was full of energy and effective both in possession and out of possession, whilst fellow midfielder Taylor Hamill was good going forward and showed a touch of skill on more than one occasion before she was replaced late on.
But it was McCartney who stood out the most, it was just unfortunate – from a Glasgow City perspective – that her team were unable to find that elusive goal.
Instead, it was Celtic who edged a tight game to be crowned SWF Youth Cup Champions.
A second half goal from striker Eilidh Adams was enough for Hibs to see off Edinburgh rivals Hearts and win the Scottish Women’s Youth Cup in a tight final.
From the first whistle Hibs looked to take advantage of the large Oriam pitch by playing their wide players in behind the Hearts full-backs.
In central midfielder Amy Hay, Hibs had a player with more than enough quality to pick out the right pass, and she was at the heart of all Hibs good play in the midfield.
Hibs were dealt an early blow when left-winger Tegan Bowie was forced off injured after coming close to opening the scoring from a Hay pass, but her replacement Phoebe Friend was a more than capable deputy.
Hearts looked to break up Hibs play and counter quickly; midfielders Caitlyn Wilson and Holly Aitchison stopped numerous Hibs attacks dead, just as they looked like they might lead to goal scoring opportunities.
But unfortunately for Hearts, lone striker Caitlin Black was left isolated on a number of occasions, and was left to feed on scraps as Hibs centreback partnership of Charlotte McDougall and Robyn McCafferty dealt with anything played their way.
It was a game of few chances. Neither midfield managed to get on top of the other for a sustained period of time, and in the rare instances where a chance looked like it might present itself both teams were guilty of spurning their opportunities. 
Hearts goalkeeper Alicia Yates always took up a great starting position, and was quick off her line on numerous occasions to stop Friend, goal scorer Adams or right winger Eve McFadden from latching on to a ball in behind.
In the second half, Hearts replaced Black with midfielder Heather Munro, moving defender Emma McFadyen up front as they began to go more direct in search of that elusive goal.
However, it was Hibs who continued to look the most dangerous. As legs began to get tired more and more space opened up in the channels, which Friend and McFadden came close to exploiting on several occasions.
When the breakthrough did finally come, the ball fell to Adams after some pinball in the box - far from the best goal you’ll ever see but that didn’t bother the Hibs players or their fans.
Hearts brought on Emily Murray for Maisy Hathaway as they hunted a late equaliser but the Hibs backline was rock solid and they comfortably saw out the final minutes to edge a tense affair. 

Celtic opted to start the match in an attacking manner, opting for a 4-2-3-1 formation which would sometimes change to a double strike force of Lucy Sinclair and Kathleen McGovern.

Glasgow opted to put their attacking options higher up the pitch, putting out a 3-4-3 formation with Emma McLure playing as the leading striker. She lead the line well early on, proving to be a focal point for the attacking side of their game, consistently finding the ball inside clever areas within in the Celtic half.

In the early affairs of the match Celtic seemed to be struggling to play their passing game, and found many passes either going stray or being intercepted by a City body. As a result, their opponents had much of the possession in the opening ten minutes, pressing Celtic inside their own half and not giving them a chance to build attacks from the back. The hoops were not allowed to enjoy a split-second of possession whilst the back three of Glasgow City remained largely untested.

Celtic made an early substitution on the 27 minute mark as Gabrielle Higgins entered the pitch tin the place of Georgia Crooks, though it was unsure whether the change was enforced or a tactical decision to get a foothold in the match. City were having more efforts on goal within the first half hour, although many of them came from long-distance. One of those long-distance efforts however did strike cause trouble midway through the first half, as Lucy Ronald’s lobbed effort from a cleared corner struck the crossbar and bounced away,

Celtic may have been frustrated with their lack of first half possession, but it was they who found the net first in the 35th minute, as Kathleen McGovern was slid through from a lovely pass from Aisha Maughan. The finished that followed was full of composure, and came somewhat against the run of play. She had threatened before on a few occasions when her angled runs threatened to get beyond the City defence.

The goal seemed to give Celtic a new lease of life, as it was them who began to find chances falling their way before half-time, hitting the side netting and seeing an effort sails narrowly over the bar, and they began to match City in terms of attempts at goal.

After the restart, City opted to make a change and bring Danielle Mullen into the equation, moving into the striker’s position. The change seemed to aid their search for an equaliser, as chances began to fall their way as they did early in the second half.

Celtic seemed to be trying to replicate the McGovern goal on several occasions, slotting either long balls or through-balls into her path, although Sophie Allison was out quick to deny her on a few occasions. They seemed intent to find a second goal, having four attackers right at the top of the pitch at times.

Glasgow could sense their opponents sniffing for a second goal, and so opted to make a switch of bringing Hannah Stewart into the equation to replace Karsey McGlichey, who slotted into the midfield in an attempt to gain control of the centre of the pitch.

Celtic made a substitution of their own when Mahri Crooks entered the field in place of Gabrielle Higgins, and she moved into the striking position as the Celts looked to wrap the game up. Claire McFarlane also came on for the Hoops, replacing Aisha Maughan and taking her spot on the right-wing.

Glasgow were doing all they could to grab that elusive equaliser, but Celtic were strong, organised and proving to be a tough nut to crack, and they introduced Kacey Black to replace Lucy Sinclair in an attempt to shore up the midfield.

City placed Mullen upfront to partner Taylor Hamill in a final roll of the dice to equalise, but it was to no avail as Celtic held out to clinch the SWF Youth Cup.