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Rangers win Scottish Cup after extra time

Rangers 2

Christie 45, MacLean 92

Hibernian 1

Hirani 51
  • Rangers 2-1 Hibernian

David Reid | YFS North Region Journalist
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Goals from Summer Christie and Kirsty MacLean were enough for Rangers Under 15s to come out on top in the SWF Youth Cup final against Hibernian at Oriam. Hibernian equalised after Christie opened the scoring thanks to Lalita Hirani.

Rangers's route to the final saw wins over Aberdeen, Hamilton, Central Girls and Glasgow in what has been a tough route for the Glasgow side, whilst Hibernian beat Drumchapel United, Deveronvale, Lanarkshire Hibs and Kilmarnock to reach the final. The Edinburgh outfit had some physical challenges on the road to Oriam.

Both teams sprayed the ball about on the artificial surface well in the opening exchanges of the game with Rangers recording the first real chance on four minutes after Jodi McLeary played an excellent ball into Abbie McKay, however the forwards effort went over the bar as the Glasgow side went in search of an opener.

Rangers were looking really dangerous and on four minutes, a Hannah Jordan free kick found Kirsty McLean whose thumping header towards goal went over the bar, a tame shot from the hosts a couple of minutes later by Louise Donohoe was denied by Grace Mitchell in the Hibernian goal.

Hibernian got into the game as the half wore on and an excellent ball from the left hand side by Ella Biamire was blocked by Rosie Slater of Rangers before coming into the pathway of Eilidh McEwan who knocked a good effort just over the bar.

A good ball across the midfield by Eilidh Martin found it's way wide to McLeary whose low shot towards the bottom left hand corner was met by Mitchell. It was action packed start to the game with very little to seperate the teams after the opening 10 minutes.

Hibernian threatened again on 15 minutes with a quick throw in by Erin O'Neill finding Biamire who got clear of the Rangers backline before firing across an effort on goal however her 10 yard effort hit the side netting, both sides were playing some exciting, positive football however there was a lack of quality on the final product.

Rangers were very ambitious in their approach and on 19 minutes, a speculative effort by Slater after a fantastic ball by Jordan just went over the bar after Slater tried a 40 yard effort on goal, the Glasgow side continued to threaten Hibernian and a Jordan pass found it's way into Summer Christie whose 20 yard effort went wide of the left hand post.

Four minutes after the restart, Rangers possessed their best passing spell of the game which resulted in the best chance of the game so far, a Kirsty MacLean ball went wide to Hannah Jordon who sent a lovely ball across goal into the box which wasn't met by anyone in the box and the ball came to McLeary in the box who smashed an effort on goal however went wide.

Rangers were looking the more threatening to open the scoring at the start of the second half, Hannah Jordan was very vibrant for the blues and her ball found Jodi McLeary whose  shot was denied by Mitchell.

Rangers took the lead on 45 minutes, a good ball by Hannah Jordon found found Summer Christie who from 25 yards out opened the scoring, netting the ball into the bottom right hand corner past the stranded Grace Mitchell. It was just rewards for the hard work Rangers put in on the lead up to the goal. The Glasgow side were patient, but threatening going forward and when they got an opportunity they took full advantage.

On 48 minutes, the Edinburgh side were level after they went forward and the ball found it's way into the feet of Lalita Hirani who guided a fine effort into the roof of the net.

Hirani hadn't been a constant figure up to that point however she took her chance well when it came to give Hibernian the perfect response. Hibs had far less chances than Rangers before they got their goal however they have some very dangerous player and punished Rangers at the right time.

It was a tepid second half compared to the first half with very few chances for both teams, Rangers did have a good effort with six minutes remaining courtesy of a long range strike by Samantha Evans whose effort went over the bar. The second half was dominated by lots of posession battles and aerial battles all over the park.

With nothing to seperate Rangers and Hibernian after 70 minutes, an extra 20 minutes of football was to be played in order to determine a winner for the Under 15s SWF Youth Cup.

The first attempt to get the breakthrough fell to Rangers on seven minutes, a pass from Rosie Slater found Ellie Vernal who then played in Samantha Evans who got into really dangerous positions during the game for Rangers, the midfielder tried an audacious effort which went over the bar, both sides continued to play some good passing football however there was nothing to separate either team during the opening 10 minutes of extra time.

Rangers had a good chance to get back in front just 20 seconds into the second period of extra time, a ball by Summer Christie found Louise Donohoe who opened up the play and her pass found Samantha Evans who worked very hard to get on the scoresheet for the Blues, the midfielder saw a 20 yard effort go wide of the left hand post.

Hibs pressed forward for the first time in extra-time after Lalita Hirani stole the ball from a Rangers defender however unfortunately for Hirani there was a lack of support for her and an ambitious ball was met by McPhie.

Rangers took the lead on 92 minutes. A ball by Jodi McLeary was met by Louise Donohoe who had been playing in a more attacking position for Rangers during the extra time period and her ball was met by Kirsty MacLean who kept a cool head to slot the ball into the bottom left hand corner beyond Grace Mitchell to give the Glasgow side the lead once again in the cup final.

The Glasgow side kept the pressure on and Rangers almost added to the tally with the clock counting down after a good through ball by MacLean was met by Abbie McKay whose goalbound effort from 10 yards was denied by an excellent save by Grace Mitchell who tipped the ball over the bar. It was a save worthy of the game and Mitchell was unfortunate to come out on the losing side.

Well done to both sets of teams for delivering a cracking cup final contest with both Rangers and Hibernian showing both team and individual qualities, Rangers deserved the win based on their attacking play and also getting the goals at the right times.

Final Result: Rangers 2-1 Hibernian

Lineups

Rangers
Hibernian
2. Hannah Robinson
3. Eilidh Martin
4. Ellie Vernal
5. Ellie Reid
6. Kirsty MacLean
7. Hannah Jordan
8. Samantha Evans
9. Abbie McKay
10. Jodi McLeary
11. Summer Christie
15. Colette Truswell
16. Rosie Slater
20. Kayla Jardine
21. Jasmine McPhie
22. Kirsten Love
1. Grace Mitchell
2. Rowan McTavish
3. Erin O'Neill
4. Zoe Murray
5. Iris Ramage
6. Phoebe Friend
7. Ella Biamire
8. Emma Mitchell
9. Eilidh McEwan
10. Lalita Hirani
11. Mya Bates
12. Amy McGillvary
14. Emma Miller
15. Carys Grieve
16. Katy Pollock
Star Player
Rangers
Hibernian
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Rangers
Hibernian
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