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Central Girls FA cruise into final over Glasgow Girls

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McAlpine 1' 35', McIntosh 1' 13' 50', Gallagher 20', McEachran 29' 56' 66' Ferguson 32'

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  • Tuesday, 04 February 2014
  • Kilwinning Sports Club
  • 15's Girls
  • SWF Youth Cup - Semi-final

Simon Ritchie | YFS West Region Reporter
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A dominant Central Girls' performance sent a message to their rivals as they strolled into the SWF Youth Cup final with a comfortable victory over Glasgow Girls. 
Hat-tricks for Kirstie McIntosh and Chelsea McEachran, a brace for Kim McAlpine, and a goal apiece for Megan Gallagher and Rhianne Ferguson meant the favourites didn't suffer  any hiccups en route to the final.
It was a dream start for Central as they found themselves two goals up with barely a minute on the clock. McAlpine picked the ball up almost straight from centre, looked up and floated a shot into the top left corner to make it 1-0. The lead was doubled moments later when Morgan Cross cut in from the right wing and passed to McIntosh who got the first of her treble with a low, well-placed shot into the bottom corner.
Although they are currently sitting top of their league, and had defeated Celtic 4-0 in the quarter finals, Central couldn't have expected to start the game so well.
For underdogs Glasgow it was the worst possible start, but they didn't let their heads go down and forced two corners in quick succession, although couldn't make anything of them.
Set-pieces proved to be important for Central, as they had a physical and aerial superiority over Glasgow, and the third-goal came direct from a free-kick. Wide on the left, it looked ideal for a driven cross into the box but McIntosh had other ideas and smashed it across goal and into the far corner of the net beyond the helpless Chloe Rae for her second.
McAlpine, McIntosh, Ferguson, and Elie Kane were keeping the ball excellently in the midfield for Central and were happy to pass the ball short and probe for an opening, with Glasgow struggling to take it off them.
Ferguson released Morgan Cross down the right but her shot at the near post was denied by a good save from the feet of Rae. But it was a sign that Central weren't done at three. 
The fourth duly came and it started from an unlikely source. An incredible long throw at the half-way line from right back Zoe Young took the Glasgow defence out of the game and allowed Cross to pass to McEachran whose shot was pushed wide for a corner. McIntosh's low, whipped delivery was knocked in at the near post bravely by Gallagher to make it 4-0.
A rare first-half attack from Glasgow was then punished clinically by Central. McAlpine burst from her own half and played a through ball for McEachran who struck home powerfully past Rae. 
Whilst Glasgow were struggling to get on the ball, their strikeforce of Taylor Finnie and Rebecca Mcallister were working hard at chasing down the Central defenders and hoping to force a mistake, but it was a thankless task in the first 35.
Central's sixth was from the penalty spot, but it was thanks to a magnificent piece of control on the knee at full speed, followed by a driving run into the box from Ferguson before she was brought down. Despite taking a heavy knock, she brushed herself off to take the penalty and make it six.
Ferguson was almost in again with a trademark surging break, but Victoria McDonough managed to get in a last-ditch covering tackle.
The final set-piece of the first-half gave Central their seventh. McIntosh rolled it out to McAlpine on the edge of the box and, with the Glasgow defence rushing to close her down, she hit another exceptional effort into the top corner.
Set-pieces and long-range efforts caused Glasgow all sorts of trouble in the first-half, but it was truly outstanding finishing from the Central girls and you couldn't point a finger of blame at any of the Glasgow defence or goalkeeper.
  • Half Time:
  • Central Girls FA
  • 7-0
  • Glasgow Girls FC
Indeed, Rae in the Glasgow goals had a busy and impressive start to the second half. First she was forced into an excellent save, managing to get her fingertips to a Cross shot and held on. Rae could then only look on as Kane ran onto a Shaney McCabe free-kick and rattled the crossbar. But when she was called into action again, she made a fine double save from two Cross headers, parrying the first and holding onto the second.
Rae was helped out by her defence as Central pressed again, with Charlotte Foulds making a great goal-line clearance from McAlpine's effort.
Glasgow looked to be growing in confidence after holding Central off in the early stages of the second-half and Nicole Muirhead and Rebecca Mcallister almost carved a change in the opposition box but McCabe showed good strength and awareness to hold them off and turned out of trouble while under pressure. McCabe gave an outstanding composed performance throughout.
True to form, Central opened their account in the second-half from a set-piece. Long-range specialist McIntosh produced a carbon copy of her first half free-kick with another exceptional effort into the top corner when it looked easier to go for a cross.
Glasgow's Claire Mcfarlane, twice in quick succession, used her pace to get back and make excellent interceptions to prevent Central from adding to their lead. Then Any Foy almost capitalised on a mistake in the Central defence to give Glasgow a goal their effort deserved, but as throughout this game, luck was against them and the keeper managed to smother the ball.
Despite Glasgow growing into the game, particularly through Muirhead down the right channel, Central had the quality to step up and create another goal. McEachran ran onto an excellent through ball and scored with a low finish. 
A rare foray forward from Glasgow's Erin Meharry gave her the chance to shoot from range as Foy laid it off her, but her effort was always curling wide. 
McDonough and Rae then combined to stop Cross from getting on the scoresheet. Despite not scoring, Cross had an excellent game. Tricky, quick feet, a good turn of pace, and the ability to beat her marker almost every time made her a right handful for the Glasgow defence.
The final goal of the game gave McEachran her well deserved hat-trick, and it was another long range drive for Glasgow, this time hitting the underside of the bar on its way in. McEachran almost grabbed a fourth minutes later but was denied by the post.
An emphatic result and display from Central who looked a class above throughout, and they'll now face Glasgow Central in the final.
Glasgow Girls can now focus on improving their league knowing they did themselves proud by reaching the semi-finals.
  • Full Time:
  • Central Girls FA
  • 9-0
  • Glasgow Girls FC


Central Girls FA
Glasgow Girls FC
31. Claire Whittaker
25. Zoe Young
35. Shaney McCabe
24. Megan Gallagher
26. Katia McKenna
22. Kim McAlpine
27. Kirstie McIntosh
23. Ellie Kane
30. Rhianne Ferguson
36. Chelsea McEachran
29. Morgan Cross
32. Cerys Gilbride
34. Erin Harrison
28. Jade Lockie
33. Orla King
1. Chloe Rae
2. Lauren McMillan
3. Orla McMahon
4. Katelyn Carey
5. Erin Meharry
6. Cara McKinn
7. Kacey Black
8. Victoria McDonough
9. Taylor Finnie
10. Rebecca Mcallister
11. Claire Mcfarlane
12. Nicole Muirhead
14. Charlotte Faulds
15. Amy Foy
16. Katie Arnold
18. Cara Sloan
Star Player
Central Girls FA
Glasgow Girls FC
Kirstie McIntosh (Centre Midfield) - A tough decision with so many star performances, but as well as scoring a hat-trick, Kirstie McIntosh was instrumental in setting up goals with her set-pieces as well as her general play. She played her part in a Central midfield that dominated the game with their neat passing and possession play.
Nicole Muirhead (Forward) - Despite only playing the second-half, Muirhead was the catalyst for a much improved Glasgow performance with her tireless running and ability to create. With a bit of luck, she could have been on the scoresheet or set-up a teammate.
Magic Moment
Central Girls FA
Glasgow Girls FC
The opening minute was absolute perfection for the Central girls, with two goals in little more than 60 seconds setting the tone for the rest of the tie. A dream start that made it almost impossible for Glasgow to get back into the game, thanks to two great goals from McAlpine and McIntosh.
Muirhead and McAllister combined on more than one occasion in the second half as they tried to grab a goal, and their neat exchanges of play showed promise that would definitely have resulted in goals against a lesser defence.
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