Impetus editor Ben Gilby reports on a quite magnificent SSE Scottish Women’s Cup Final at Tynecastle.
Glasgow City 4-3 Hibernian
Glasgow City ended a memorable season by clinching the Scottish domestic double with a dramatic victory over Hibernian in a fantastic SSE Women’s Scottish Cup Final at Tynecastle, the home of Heart of Midlothian.
The opening fifteen minutes was all Hibernian, who were particularly threatening down the left hand side, with Jamie-Lee Napier prominent in everything good that the Edinburgh side were involved in.
The first chance fell the Hi-Bees way after six minutes when Shannon McGregor was threw on goal, but City keeper Lee Alexander raced out of her area to clear the ball. Shortly afterwards, the dangerous Napier was ruled offside after being played through by Amy Muir. Television replays showed that the call was far from accurate.
It took the thirteen time league champions twenty minutes to gain their first meaningful attack of the game. An incredible effort from Kirsty Howat, who let fly from close to the left hand touchline outside the eighteen yard box was narrowly over the bar.
Two minutes later, Sam Kerr’s effort was saved by Jenna Fife in the Hibs goal, but came straight out to Clare Shine. Her powerful effort was narrowly wide. Just two minutes later, the same player was even closer when her fierce drive was centimetres wide.
Hibernian heeded the warning signs and they upped the ante once more. Colette Cavanagh put in a tempting cross and Amy Gallagher obliged by hitting the Hi-bees ahead on 31 minutes.
The lead lasted a mere three minutes. Glasgow City were awarded a free kick. Leanne Ross’ effort should have been dealt with easily by Hibs, but a poor clearance found its way to Eilish McSorley who fired home for 1-1.
Five minutes before the break, City went ahead after Hayley Lauder’s cross was hooked in by Leanne Crichton. For all Hibs early dominance, they went in at the break 2-1 down.
Hibernian returned to the field of their cross city rivals full of determination as they, again dominated the early periods. Indeed it took just three minutes of the second half for them to conjure up an equaliser. Shannon McGregor played in a lovely ball and Jamie-Lee Napier skilfully side footed the ball past Alexander, albeit with a slight deflection.
Four minutes later, Hibs could have gone in front as Colette Cavanagh’s dramatic diving header was superbly saved by Lee Alexander. The pressure on City continued to mount and Hibernian’s third goal arrived after 53 minutes when the unfortunate Leanne Ross got her feet tied up and her attempted clearance ended up rolling past her own goalkeeper.
Glasgow City though, are made of stern stuff – you don’t win thirteen consecutive league championships and make the Quarter-Finals of the Champions League without knowing when to up your game.
With twenty-two minutes left, Rachel McLauchlin was fouled just outside the box. Hayley Lauder’s effort was narrowly over the Hibs crossbar. Just a minute later, Glasgow City were level. Lauder’s cross was met by Clare Shine who slid in, but the ball was cleared for a corner. From the resulting set piece, Shine was given the freedom of the penalty area to head home unmarked. 3-3 – game on once more, and the destination of the Scottish Cup was once more in question.
It was now all Glasgow City, but as the game entered stoppage time at the end of 90 minutes, it was looking odds on that the final was going into extra time. However, Clare Shine had other ideas. The 24 year-old City star went on a quite magnificent mazy run, leaving attempted Hibs tackles in her wake to fire home the sort of last gasp winning goal that dreams are made of.
It was a really harsh way for Hibernian to lose after such a magnificent effort from the Edinburgh side – but Glasgow City again showed their class when it really mattered.
GLASGOW CITY: Lee Alexander, Rachel McLauchlan, Hayley Lauder, Jo Love, Leanne Crichton, Kirsty Howat, Clare Shine, Nicola Docherty, Leanne Ross, Sam Kerr, Eilish McSorley. Subs: Erin Clachers (GK), Jenna Clark, Hayley Sinclair, Nicola Reid, Carly Grasoli, Jordan McLintock, Megan Foley.
Scorers: McSorley 32, Crichton 40, Shine 70, 90.
HIBERNIAN: Jenna Fife, Joelle Murray, Amy Muir, Siobhan Hunter, Jamie-Lee Napier, Caitlin Michie, Shannon McGregor, Colette Cavanagh, Amy Gallacher, Chelsea Cornet, Rachel Boyle. Subs: Jennifer Currie, Lia Tweedie, Laura Davidson, Shannon Leishman, Ellis Notley, Siobhan Higgins, Eilish Adams.
Scorers: Gallagher 32, Napier 49, Ross OG 53.