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Hibs triumph over Gers to reach national final

Hibernian Girls 3

Morrison, Fairgrieve. Kerr

Rangers FC Girls 1

Brown
  • Saturday, 12 October 2013
  • Ravenscraig
  • 15's Girls
  • SWF Scottish Youth Cup

James Hunter | YFS West Region Journalist
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Hibernian Girls 15’s booked their place in the finals of SWF Girls Scottish Cup finals after a 3-1 win over defending champions Rangers. Goals from Kirsty Morrison, Ellie Fairgrieve and Megan Kerr were enough to give the Edinburgh side victory against a tough opponent in Rangers. 
 
Having already secured the League Cup in June courtesy of an Ellie Fairgrieve strike, the Hibees entered the game in buoyant spirit. Despite starting the brighter of the two sides, Hibs almost conceded within the first five minutes. Hibs’ Scotland U17s goalkeeper Kirsty Jefferies had to be alert to block an effort from Rachel Ross. A well floated in corner found its way to Ross who flicked the ball goal ward but watched as Jefferies denied her superbly. 
 
The first ten minutes were a scrappy affair with very little passing play or composure from either side. However, Hibs took the lead with just 12 minutes on the clock. It all came from a free kick deep in the Rangers half. The ball was launched towards the box and landed at the feet of Kirsty Morrison who followed the ball home to open the scoring for Hibs and net her 20th goal of the season. 
 
Rangers were determined to get back into the game and defend their crown and could have been level just minutes later following some fancy footwork from midfielder Claire Farquhar. She evaded the challenge of several Hibs players before making her way into the box but the shot went wide of the right hand post. 
 
The holders continued to keep up the pressure in search of an equaliser and were denied only by a wonderful save from Jeffries. Rangers’ Lauren-Anna Doran Barr smashed in an effort which looked like it was goal bound but Jeffries leapt up to push the ball away from goal before gathering it. 
 
It wasn’t long though until Hibs had doubled their lead with Fairgrieve, like Morrison, notching her 20th goal of the season. It was a stunning effort from the striker as she got on to a flick on from another free kick and lashed the ball high into the net as Hibs placed one foot into the final. As half time approached, Hibs almost wrapped the game up but Morgan Turner’s effort smashed off the post before going wide. 
  • Half Time:
  • Hibernian Girls
  • 2-0
  • Rangers FC Girls
The second half started out much the same as the first did with neither side able to impose themselves but once the game settled it was Rangers who were on the ascendency. Taylor Davis did well to hold off Hibernians’ Sophie Kay to burst through on goal but her effort was straight at Jefferies in the Hibs goal.
 
 Chantelle Brown was next up to have a go but her attempt went wide of the target.
 
Still Rangers continued to threaten as they looked for a way back into the match. They were once again thwarted by the outstanding Jefferies who expertly tipped wide to deny Megan Gait who prodded towards goal after being found by Farquhar. Farquhar was next to have a go after being played in by Sophie Grace Gilchrist but shot wide.
 
A danger ball from Brown wasn’t attacked by any of her team mates as she looked to make a mark in the game as Rangers kept pressing. It was Brown who gave Rangers a way back into the match not long after with a strong finish. She broke through the Hibs defence and blasted her shot low into the far post leaving the keeper with no chance. 
 
There were only a few minutes left but Rangers were right back in the game. It must have awoken something in Hibs who hadn’t really done much to trouble the Gers in the second half. Lauren Watters, who is part of the Scotland camp, had Rangers goalkeeper Jordyn Elliot scrambling after an attempt from outside the box but it drifted wide. 
 
Hibs got the killer goal in the last minute of the game as Megan Kerr added her name to the score sheet.  It was a free kick from near the corner flag which Watters swung in to the path of Kerr who managed to thigh the ball past Elliot to give Hibs a third and put them into the finals at Toryglen where they will face Glasgow City. 
 
  • Full Time:
  • Hibernian Girls
  • 3-1
  • Rangers FC Girls

Lineups

Hibernian Girls
Rangers FC Girls
1. Kirsty Jefferies
2. Morgan Turner
4. Megan Kerr
5, Olivia Preston
7. Ellis Notley
12. Ellie Fairgrieve
13. Caitlin Lynch
14. Lauren Watters
15. Nina Mason
16. Kirsty Morrison
35. Ria McCafferty
53. Sophie Kay
1. Jordyn Elliot
2. Rachel Ross
3. Megan Felgate
4. Megan Gait
6. Clare Louise Adams
7. Taylor Davis
8. Claire Farquhar
9. Sophie Grace Gilchrist
11. Lauren Anna Doran Barr
14. Lucy Ruth Pollock
15. Lynsey Carlyle
18. Chantelle Brown
22. Samantha Geddes
Star Player
Hibernian Girls
Rangers FC Girls
Kirsty Jefferies, made a number of outstanding stops to deny Rangers and was thoroughly composed throughout.
Chantelle Brown scored a wonderful goal that almost gave Rangers a route back into the game and was a handful for the Hibs defence.
Magic Moment
Hibernian Girls
Rangers FC Girls
Fairgrieve's goal was a superb finish, high into the net, sending the Hibs support wild.
Brown's goal, which left Jefferies in the Hibs goal with absolutely no chance, as she fired low into the far post.
Club Views
Hibernian Girls
Rangers FC Girls
Video interview to follow.
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