Glasgow City win the Scottish Cup
Glasgow City won the Scottish Cup in dramatic fashion with a winner two minutes from time to sink a well-organised and determined Hibs side. Today’s win at Broadwood Stadium clinches a second successive domestic treble for City.
City’s first attempt at goal came after four minutes when Suzanne Lappin shot wide of goal from the edge of the box. Jess Fishlock was next to try her luck from distance, but her shot failed to trouble Hibs keeper, Shannon Lynn.
The best chance of the first half came after 22 minutes when Lappin nodded a Fishlock ball into the path of Ruesha Littlejohn. Her well-struck left-foot drive was brilliantly tipped over by Lynn.
For the remainder of the half, City continued to dominate possession but struggled to create many clear opportunities against a resolute and well-drilled Hibs team. The limited space in the attacking third meant that City were often restricted to long shots with Fishlock and Eilish McSorley both having attempts comfortably saved by the Hibernian keeper.
Ten minutes after the interval City had a glorious opportunity to take the lead. A great cross by Rachel Corsie was met by the unmarked Lappin, but she headed over with the goal at her mercy.
A minute later Hibs had a rare opportunity to go ahead. Susan Fairlie evaded the offside trap and was in on goal but City keeper, Danica Dalziel, superbly saved at the forward’s feet. Until this point Dalziel had almost been a spectator in the game.
A few minutes later, City almost got the breakthrough. Lappin out-jumped the onrushing Hibs keeper but her header was off target. Glasgow’s pressure was unrelenting however and after 73 minutes, Edinburgh captain, Joelle Murray, was forced into a goal-line clearance.
The winning goal finally arrived after 88 minutes. Player of the match, Fishlock, delivered an inswinging corner that was punched into her own net by Hibs keeper, Lynn. It was harsh on the Edinburgh goalie who had performed admirably throughout the match. It was a fortuitous goal for City but they had earned their good fortune by being the bolder and more adventurous team.
The drama was not over, though, and with virtually the last kick of the game Hibs almost equalised to take the game into extra time. Zoe Johnstone met a cross from the left on the volley but her effort scraped past the post.
It was not a vintage City display but they dominated throughout and reaped a rich reward for their endeavours. The season has been another remarkable triumph for Scotland’s premier women’s football club.
A delighted City Head Coach, Eddie Wolecki Black, commented: “Congratulations to everyone at the club, the players, staff, owners and supporters. Before the game I told the girls that we were on the verge of history and look what they have achieved today. They have broken four records – it’s the first time anyone has won 3 successive Scottish Cups, it’s the first time anyone has ever won 6 Scottish Cups in total, it’s the first time anyone has secured back to back trebles and we have extended our own record to winning 8 trophies in a row. I can only applaud the players and everyone associated with the club for this magnificent achievement and if we consider where we were at the start of the season it is phenomenal.”
“On the game itself, I thought Hibs set themselves up to make it very difficult for us and they certainly did that. Perhaps my only wish would have been that the winning goal was a well worked goal, but I think no-one can deny we deserved the victory.”
Glasgow City: Dalziel, Corsie, Crichton, Docherty, Fishlock, Lappin, Littlejohn, McSorley, Murray, Nelson, O’Sullivan
Subs: Alexander, Crilly, Black, Love, Robertson, Pagliarulo, Ross
Hibernian: Lynn, Brown, Arnot, Fairlie, Hunter, Kaney, Murray, Murray, Smith, Walkingshaw, Williamson
Subs: Fife, Johnstone, Kawana Waugh, Laverty, McConnell , Reid, Turner
Referee: Lorraine Clark
Assistant Referees: Kylie McMullan and Nicolle Andrews
4th Official: Morag Pirie
Player of the Match: Jess Fishlock
Picture by Andy Buist.
Match report by Graham Semple.