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Inspired Hibs keep out City to lift Scottish Cup

Glasgow City 0

Hibernian Girls 1

Watters 20
  • Saturday, 09 November 2013
  • Toryglen Regional Centre
  • 15's Girls
  • SWF Youth Cup Final

Darren Carrigan | YFS West Region Journalist
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The game started fast and furious at Toryglen in the Girls Scottish Cup Final. Glasgow City were arguably the slight favourites coming into this one and right from the get go both sides made their presence felt with some physical tackles.
 
Ellis Notely had the first effort of the game after some back and forth play, a square ball found her with half a yard but her effort sailed over the crossbar.
 
The Glasgow defence looked nervous in the opening spell as they started to make some mistakes, before finding their feet when a Hibs free kick was played long towards Ellie Fairgrieve whose run only found Kirsty Jeffries' gloves after some intense pressure.
 
Glasgow then went forward and some nice passing put the ball to the feet of Carla Jane Boyce but she had set off just too soon and was offside.
 
The free kick fell to the Glasgow midfield who spared no time in playing in Brogan Hay who linked up well with Boyce in a one two that sent Boyce one on one with Kirsty Jeffries, who pulled off a world class save to tip the high shot over the bar to keep things deadlocked.
 
Ellie Fairgrieve broke forward on the left and into the box and after a clash of bodies, was awarded a penalty. Lauren Watters stepped up to the spot and placed the ball in the left hand corner, to make it 1-0 to Hibernian on the 20 minute mark.
 
Glasgow found their rhythm return after going behind and Olivia Crawford cut inside with a run to pick pick up a nice low cross but her shot went just wide of the post.
 
The City girls kept coming and coming with Murron Cunningham and Boyce coming close to leveling things again and again in the following 10 minutes. Total footballing excellence from City dominated the game for the rest of the half, especially in a move that had McGourlick find Boyce twelve yards form goal, who laid it off for Lyndsay McCall outside the box for a 25 yard effort that just went too high.
 
  • Half Time:
  • Glasgow City
  • 0-1
  • Hibernian Girls
In the second half it was the Brogan Hay show, tricks and feints taking City forward often and effectively out right. But when she played in Boyce she was tangled in three Hibee defenders, but a few turns later she was one on one twelve yards out only to be again denied by the terrific last minute tackle of Megan Kerr. Both the Hibs goalkeeper and Hibs defence looked unbeatable.
 
Chloe Sinclair drove up the left to respond, playing in Fairgrieve who in turn played in Watters who had 5 yards of space. She went for it first time but her shot was well wide.
 
Hibs worked it well out left, with Morgan Turner living up to her name and leaving her marker stranded before she was denied a shot by Cunningham who was having a very solid game at right back.
 
Boyce looked hungry again when she shrugged off two sliding challenges only for her pass to be too heavy for Hay.
 
Although Hibs were on the back foot for spells, they kept the ball well - racking up a hefty amount of passes and making good decisions on the ball all over the park.
 
Hay was frustrated and lunged in to disposess Caitlyn Lynch, but her cross was denied by Jeffries in the face of the threat of a Boyce header. Jeffries really was playing flawlessly in the game and any other goalkeeper would have struggled with the pressure that Glasgow were throwing at Hibs.
 
Glasgow broke forward perfectly, long ball finding the head of Hay, who cut it across to Louise Bell who found Boyce. But Boyce couldnt beat the post and the keeper leaving the fans with hearts in their mouths as it bounced just wide.
 
Despite having several shots on target in the last fifteen minutes City still couldn't find a way past Jeffries who has peformed at a standard that should put her on a few international scouts' radar.
 
Boyce had one more shot at a goal, running out right and finding space on the edge of the box. Jeffries and Boyce collided in a bone crunching 50-50 with the keeper coming out just ahead, despite that Boyce swung her leg at the loose ball but was denied by the Hibs clearance.
 
Hibs managed to hold on for almost an hour under constant pressure form Glasgow, with the best defensive and goalkeeping performance imaginable from each girl in a green jersey. In the end it was undoubtedly a performance which they will look on with pride as they lifted the Scottish Cup. Against excellent opposition, each and every player in the Capital outfit pulled off their jobs impeccably and take the nation's top domestic honour east.
  • Full Time:
  • Glasgow City
  • 0-1
  • Hibernian Girls

Lineups

Glasgow City
Hibernian Girls

Shots on target: 3
Tackles won: 47
Headers won: 22
Corners: 2
Passes Completed: 84

1. Lucy Taylor
2. Murron Cunningham
4. Amy Burrows
5. Marianne MacDonald
6. Lyndsay McCall
7. Carla Jane Boyce
8. Lousie Bell
9. Brogan Hay
10. Katie Gardner Rice
12. Millisa MacDonald
13.Sophie Paul
16. Chantelle Knox
17. Jennifer MacDonald
18. Olivia Crawford
21. Carys Hopkins
95. Monica Anderson

Shots on target: 7
Tackles won: 14
Headers won: 31
Corners: 3
Passes Completed: 109

1. Kirsty Jefferies
2. Nina Mason
3. Caitlin Lynch
4. Megan Kerr
5. Sophie Kay
6. Morgan Turner
7. Ellis Notley
8. Lauren Watters
9. Kirsty Morrison
10. Ellie Fairgrieve
11. Chloe Sinclair
12. Ria McCaffert
14. Olivia Preston

Star Player
Glasgow City
Hibernian Girls
Brogan Hay. The silky midfielder gave everything to the cause, and did not deserve to be on the losing side. She would have scored two exceptional goals as well, but not for the outstanding saves the Hibernian goalkeeper made onto the crossbar. Her trickery and passing range gave the Hibs defence problems all day as well.
Kirsty Jefferies, pulled off some unbelievable saves which shaped the final and kept Hibs in it till the final whistle. Top performance.
Magic Moment
Glasgow City
Hibernian Girls
Hibs goalkeeper Kirsty Jeffries, tipped Carla Jane Boyce's 25 yard shot that was bound for the top corner up onto the bar in what can only be called a world class save. In a display that few could match this managed to be the highlight among highlights.
Fantastic link up play by McGourlick, Boyce and McCall excited the crowd in the latter stages of the first half. All that was missing was the finish.
Club Views
Glasgow City
Hibernian Girls
Video interview to follow.
Video interview to follow.
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