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SWF Youth Cup 2015 preview: Central Girls FA v Glasgow City FC 15s

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The 15's girls football season comes to a climax this weekend with the last event on the calendar the small matter of a Scottish Cup final for Glasgow City and Central Girls FA. The eagerly anticipated clash comes at the end of yet another fantastic season for the girls game and is a more than worthy way to end the season.
Glasgow City didn't have the easiest run of runs to the final and had a very tricky semi-final to manoeuvre against Hibernian. In a game which was level at half-time, City showed tremendous effort and used their subs well to get a foothold in the game. They pulled ahead of their opponents and ran out eventual 4-1 winners.
Central Girls Football Academy had a slightly easier path to the final with their semi-final victory being emphatic and never in any doubt. They brushed aside a dogged Glasgow Girls team and more than merited their tag of favourites for that game. This game was no way as easy as the scoreline would have suggested though, and it's a strong message to have sent ahead of the final.
In terms of playing style, Glasgow play at a high tempo will try and make Central feel uncomfortable on the ball from the first whistle. Central will also need to be in top form to keep this Glasgow City side at bay with strong players all over the pitch. One of those players is striker Monica Anderson, who's two goals proved pivotal in the victory over Hibs. Her excellent finishing to make the game three then 4-1 made her side a lot more comfortable in the game and put it beyond any doubt. Central's defence will need to be at the top of their game to stop this goalscorer from doing what she does best.
Central Girls also play at a high tempo and like to keep hold of the ball, so will no doubt enjoy the trip to Toryglen, and playing on a surface which is very suited to this style of play. Glasgow will have tough job keeping this Central side under control for the game and will have several key players to look out for. One of whom is central midfielder Kirstie McIntosh who scored a hat-trick in the semi-final and was instrumental in setting up goals with her set-pieces as well as her general play.
This is a huge game for all involved and is a well deserved reward for the hard work of both. We wish both teams the best of luck in the final.

Murray Grayston | YFS South West Region Journalist
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