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Glasgow City vs Dryburgh Athletic - Match Analysis

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The stage was set for this years cup final at the interminably cold Oriam centre in Edinburgh, Glasgow City set themselves out in a classic 4-2-3-1 shape with McGlinchy, Ronald and Scott rotating the three midfield positions, Hammil and Crooks taking up the wide left and right.
Dryburgh forward Katie Shaw offered a spearhead to the Dundee side, the defensive pairing for City had to be on their toes consistently with Shaw's pace and physical presence proving to be a problem
Initital stages of the game proved to be a balanced affair, Dryburgh held their own and proved that they were more than worthy finalists with a determined and focused approach, it was the league winners however who eventually broke the deadlock seven minutes into the game.
Dryburgh had clearly done their homework, offering a more defensive representation, a layer of five made up the defensive element of their shape, clearly set out to try and deal with City's well known passing style that proved to be so useful in their hugely successful league.
This was utilised to establish a sizeable 5-0 lead, including a hat trick by the excellent Lucy Sinclair, was countered following a mistake in the City defense, which allowed Gabrielle Watt to pounce and deliver a stark reminder that the powerful dundee side were not out yet.
City continue to dominate with their experience and well honed technical ability taking lead, Dryburgh using their dedication and workrate in attempt to surpress but ultimately this city team, who have been playing together for number of years now, proved to be too strong for the resilient Dryburgh. 

Gillen Reid | YFS West Region Journalist
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