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Emphatic Glasgow City outclass brave Dryburgh to lift SWF Youth Cup

Glasgow City 8

Sinclair 7, 14, 18, Hoole 30, M.Crooks 35, Forsyth 45, Hamill 51, Potts 80

Dryburgh Athletic 1

Watt 39
  • Saturday, 10 November 2018
  • Oriam Performance Centre, Edinburgh
  • 17's Girls
  • SWF Youth Cup Final

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.

  • Half Time:
  • Glasgow City
  • 5-1
  • Dryburgh Athletic

Glasgow began the second half they same way they did the first, showing their intent to further inflict pain into the wounds of the losing team.

It was once again Lucy Sinclair, on the 42nd minute, playing the creator, as she found herself with acres of space inside the box. She looked up, and played a sumptuous ball towards the back post, teeing up Mhairi Crooks, who’s first time shot flew over the bar.

Substitute Monica Forsyth added another in the 45th minute, capitalising on free space down the right channel. She latched onto a through ball, running towards goal, and finished calmly, down to the keeper’s bottom right.

The chances did not stop, and Dryburgh were starting to show slight signs of fatigue, leaving holes open in the defence, especially in the wider areas. Taylor Hamill was once again, causing danger down the left-hand side. She slid a pass through to Mhairi Crooks, who saw her venomous effort hit the upright.

It is always hard during games like this, for the losing side to somehow still find motivation, to work hard and still chase every ball, when a team like Glasgow City are just pinging the ball around you and penetrating your back-line time after time.

It should be said however that Dryburgh did have some decent break away opportunities in periods of the second half, and it was just their quality in the final third that let them down.

But their short spell of attacking flurry, was cut short in the 51st minute, with Taylor Hamill volleying home Glasgow’s seventh of the game. A goal that was created by the influential substitute, Forsyth.  

With half an hour to play, Glasgow kept up the pressure, and impressively kept up the same tempo, and style of play as the game headed into the latter stages.

They continued to bombard the Dryburgh goal, with Karsey McGlinchley trying her luck from outside the area on three different occasions, one going over, one wide and another, saved by Lily Cassells. Ellie Cook, the Dryburgh defender, put in a real shift in those final minutes, chasing down every ball, and crucially stopping two potentially dangerous opportunities on the Glasgow’s left wing from developing any further.

As the clock ticked down, Glasgow managed to score one more before the whistle, with Natasha Hoole playing another perfectly timed through ball, into the path of Demi Potts who triumphantly smashed it home into the top corner. It was a goal, that typified a fantastic all-round cup final performance from Glasgow City, who will add this piece of silverware to their ever-growing collection.

Commiserations to Dryburgh Athletic though, who had done so well to get to this momentous stage. Unfortunately, their story didn’t have the fairy tale ending they had hoped for.

  • Full Time:
  • Glasgow City
  • 8-1
  • Dryburgh Athletic


Glasgow City
Dryburgh Athletic
1. Sophie Allison
2. Shanna Hynes
3. Karsey McGlinchey
7. Lucy Ronald
10. Hannah Scott
11. Taylor Hamill
12. Georgia Crooks
14. Mhairi Crooks
16. Natasha Hoole
17. Abbie Warren
18. Lucy Sinclair

5. Sophie Payne
6. Eva Payne
8. Monica Forsyth
15. Demi Potts
16. Rachael Caddell
77. Frances Hopgood
1. Lily Cassels
2. Lauren McCabe
4. Ellie Cook
6. Nyla Murphy
7. Brodie Clark
10. Amy Reilly
11. Hope McLachlan
12. Nia Mitchell
14. Grace Forrester
22. Beth McDonald
32. Katie Shaw

4. Amy Healey
15. Kirsty Robertson
24. Gabrielle Watt
29. Shannon MacDonald
37. Sasha Craig
Star Player
Glasgow City
Dryburgh Athletic
Magic Moment
Glasgow City
Dryburgh Athletic
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