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Glasgow City seal Scottish Cup final place against Forfar

Glasgow City 3

Scott 30', Mullen 34', McCartney 59'

Forfar Farmington 1

McCallum 39'
  • Sunday, 24 September 2017
  • Ainslie Park
  • 17's Girls
  • SWF Scottish Youth Cup - Semi Final
Gregor Kerr

Gregor Kerr | YFS South East Region Journalist
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First-half goals from Hannah Scott and Danielle Mullen at Ainslie Park were enough to secure Glasgow City a deserved spot into the Scottish Youth Cup final.

Forfar hit back with a goal just before half time, as Phillipa McCallum struck a long-range free-kick to give The Loons a lifeline. Forfar tried to press for an equaliser in the second-half, but City held strong and progressed to the final at the Oriam.

The Glasgow side’s win was deserved when considering the amount of chances they conjured up, with the first coming inside the seventh minute. Not for the first time, Laura Jane McCartney was the architect by making a strong run down the wing, easing past the fullback and hitting a teasing ball into the area, which left Suzie Adam in Forfar’s net scrambling to clear for a corner.

City dominated the majority of possession throughout the first half, with Forfar’s best hopes coming through long balls and counters attacks, but against a defence as stern as their opponent’s, it was proving a tough challenge.

Adam was having a busy day in goals, preventing Leah Robinson from opening the scoring with a clever shot right across goal by stretching low to tip it out for a corner.

Hannah Scott and Danielle Mullen both came close to scoring for City around the 20 minute mark, with the first effort nestling onto the roof of the net and Mullen’s attempt beating the goalkeeper, but sneaking over the crossbar.

With half an hour on the clock and several chances missed, it would have been easy for City to become frustrated with the scoreline, but Hannah Scott eased those worries. With very little options on, she deftly took the ball beyond a defender and slotted beyond the goalkeeper, a classy way to open a tight defence.

City didn’t have to wait much longer for a second, which came courtesy of Mullen. Lucy Ronald squeezed a ball through into the midfielder’s path, who stabbed a shot low into the corner beyond Adam’s reach to give her side a real advantage in the tie.

It would have been easy for Forfar to lose hope after the two goals and City’s dominance of the first-half, but they grabbed a lifeline just before the half-time whistle.

From thirty yards out, the chances of netting a free-kick looked improbable, but Phillipa McCallum found the net with a stunning effort which flew into the top corner. It was a moment of genius which offered Forfar hope going into the second-half.

  • Half Time:
  • Glasgow City
  • 2-1
  • Forfar Farmington

Forfar defended resolutely and kept City out, but their attacking players were left rather isolated.

After fifteen minutes the Glasgow side began to find their mojo again, with McCartney firing a shot into the side-netting when it appeared goal bound. Mullen also had a chance to double her tally, controlling well inside the box but scooping her effort over the bar.

A third City goal appeared to be on it’s way and in the 59th minute it duly arrived. After pressing the Forfar defence, the ball broke out to McCartney on the edge of the box who had an empty net to tap in to.

Forfar were pushing hard to get back into the match, but the third goal looked to have blown the wind out of their sails. Scott attempted to net a fourth goal with ten minutes remaining, but her curling shot was too high and sailed over the bar.

They nearly grabbed a goal back with a few minutes left on the clock, as Neve Simpson controlled a cross well inside the penalty area and saw her shot deflected for a corner. A touch at the near post forced Adam into a late safe, and it proved to be the last chance of the match as Glasgow City sealed their place into the Cup final in Edinburgh.

  • Full Time:
  • Glasgow City
  • 3-1
  • Forfar Farmington

Lineups

Glasgow City
Forfar Farmington
1. Sophie Allison
2. Jacqueline McLure
3. Karsey McGlinchey
5. Carly Girasoli
6. Laura Jane McCartney
7. Lucy Ronald
8. Hannah Stewart
9. Leah Robinson
10. Hannah Scott
11. Taylor Rose Hammill
12. Danielle Mullen
14. Eve Lockhart
15. Shanna Hynes
16. Sophie McGurk
19. Emma McLure
28. Lauren Docherty
1. Suzie Adam
2. Annie Murrie
3. Caitlin Mitchell
4. Taylor Clifford
5. Kacey McCabe
6. Neve Simpson
7. Aimee Robertson
9. Rachel Robbie
10. Katie White
11. Steffi Simpson
12. Jessica Dailly
14. Melissa Coull
15. Phillipa McCallum
16. Erin Norma Ross
18. Neve Guthrie
Star Player
Glasgow City
Forfar Farmington
Laura Jane McCartney was a lifewire in City's midfield and seemed to pop up everywhere, scoring the third goal for her side.
Rachel Robbie was a standout in defence for Forfar, being called upon numerous times to make important tackles.
Magic Moment
Glasgow City
Forfar Farmington
City's opener from Hannah Scott was a lovely solo goal and broke down a stuffy defence.
McCallum's free-kick jut before the break was a brilliant strike from an unlikely distance and offered her side some hope.
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