Glasgow City beat Dryburgh comfortably to lift the SWF U17s Scottish Cup. It was an emphatic performance by the favourites, who played some fantastic football all game. The standout performer had to be Lucy Sinclair, who's hat-trick sealed the game for the Glasgow side at Oriam.
Glasgow City came into this final, beating everyone in their path, including big wins over rivals Celtic and Rangers, while they also put four past Hibernian in the semifinals, leading up to this big game.
Dryburgh Athletic had been on fantastic form during their cup run. Previously, they had beaten Montrose, Broxburn Colts, Raith Rovers and Murieston in the semis. Most notably they scored 10 against Montrose, and nine against Raith Rovers.
Right from the beginning, Glasgow asserted their dominance, taking complete control of the match. The underdogs Dryburgh did well to suppress the first couple of attacks. However, Glasgow City were gifted the opener seven minutes in when Dryburgh keeper Lily Cassells mistimed her touch and was tackled by Lucy Sinclair who knocked the ball into the back of the net.
Seven minutes later, Glasgow City quickly followed up with a second. It was Taylor Hamill who crossed the ball into the area, picked up by Sinclair. She took one touch, opening up space for the shot. The keeper was rooted, as Sinclair went off to celebrate.
Sinclair completed her hat trick on the 18th-minute mark. Hamill again put in a brilliant low ball into the danger zone, right to Sinclair who misses her first shot, but failure to clear the ball cost Cassells as she is tackled by Sinclair, who passed it into the open net.
From deep, Sinclair displayed her range of passing, as she pinged a ball expertly so, into the path of Natasha Hoole on the right wing. Hoole on the run, put in a brilliant cross onto Hannah Scott, who's header went agonisingly wide.
Another chance came shortly after, with Hamill who did well to hold up the ball, knocking the ball on for overlapping full back Shanna Hynes, who's cross found Mhairi Crooks inside the box, who saw her shot go just wide once more.
It was clearly going to be tough afternoon for the Dryburgh side, who had failed to create any real offense in the opening half hour. Their defence however could not be at fault for Glasgow's fourth, as another bit of one touch passing, found Natasha Hoole on the edge of the box, who's brilliant strike beat the helpless Dryburgh keeper.
Cassells however, made a brilliant save to her bottom right in the 32nd minute, after another dazzling display of fluid attacking football by the Glasgow side. Shortly after however, they were awarded for their efforts. A mistimed Dryburgh header, sent Mhairi Crooks through on goal, and she made no mistakes, comfortably slotting the ball home to make it 5-0.
It was clear on the day, that Glasgow City were the better side, but an unusual lapse in concentration gave Dryburgh a lifeline only one minute before the interval. Nyla Murphy had found herself in space, playing a perfectly weighted through ball right between the two Glasgow center backs to Gabrielle Watt, who placed the ball into the back of the net. This goal was met by roaring cheers of encouragement by the Dryburgh faithful.