Glasgow City lift Henson Scottish Cup to complete treble
Monday, 12 November 2012
Glasgow City completed their second ever domestic treble at the Excelsior Stadium in Airdrie yesterday as they retained the Henson Scottish Cup with a 1-0 victory over Forfar Farmington.
A first half header from Danica Dalziel was enough to seal victory for City against a Farmington side who acquitted themselves well, with goalkeeper Catherine Fitzsimmons lifting the Player of the Match award after pulling off a series of fantastic stops to keep her side in the match right until the final whistle.
City started the match strongly, with their best early chance falling to Jane Ross who powered a shot towards the Farmington goal from just inside the box, forcing a good save from Fitzsimmons.
The City striker was involved again minutes later as she received the ball wide on the right from Leanne Ross. She then returned the ball to the City captain just inside the penalty area but her shot went wide of the post.
Farmington managed to relieve the pressure by winning a couple of corners at the opposite end and were unlucky not to make more of an opportunity they were gifted in the shape of a slack pass back to City keeper Claire Johnstone on 14 minutes. Two Farmington players quickly closed down Johnstone to block her clearance from outside the City penalty box, but she did well to salvage the situation by managing to clear the ball at her second attempt.
Immediately City almost broke the deadlock as a long pass picked out Emma Mitchell wide right and she crossed for Jane Ross inside the penalty area. She controlled well and looked certain to score, but luckily for Farmington the ball rebounded off the underside of the crossbar and they managed to eventually clear the danger.
The opening goal came on 34 minutes as Nicky Docherty produced a wonderful cross from the left that found Danica Dalziel in the box. Her powerful header found the top corner of the net and left Fitzsimmons with no chance, giving City a lead that they would maintain for the remainder of the match.
The second half began in much the same manner as the first, as City forced Fitzsimmons into action with attempts by Jane Ross and the lively Emma Mitchell.
There were changes made by both sides soon into the second half, as Farmington’s Abby Grant was replaced by Joanna Collier, and Ruesha Littlejohn coming on for City goalscorer Dalziel.
The changes didn’t disrupt the flow of the match too much, but Farmington were starting to see a bit more of the ball and when in possession they quickly looked for the ball over the top to take advantage of City’s high defensive line.
More chances followed for both sides, though the best of these fell the way of City as substitute Littlejohn and Jane Ross went close.
There was a moment of contention on 70 minutes as a Farmington player went clear and broke towards the box, only to go down under the challenge of Eilish McSorley. A free kick was awarded just outside the penalty area and the City defender shown a yellow card by referee Morag Pirie, though the Farmington fans called for harsher punishment. The resulting free kick was held well by Claire Johnstone.
City substitute Suzanne Lappin almost put the game beyond the reach of Farmington on 82 minutes as a corner kick found her on the edge of the six yard box, but her powerful first-time volley went just over the bar.
Farmington called on further reinforcements in their effort to find an equaliser, with attackers Caren Webster and Caroline Heron introduced. They managed to break through the City backline on 87 minutes but were flagged offside with only the goalkeeper to beat.
City saw out the last few minutes to secure a 1-0 victory and captain Leanne Ross, standing in for the injured Rachel Corsie, picked up the trophy, bringing down the curtain on yet another fantastic season for the treble winners.
Farmington certainly played their part in an entertaining match and will return to Angus with their heads held high after a wonderful season that saw them secure second place behind City in the SWPL.
Commenting on his side's win, Glasgow City head coach Eddie Wolecki Black said, "I am delighted we have managed to achieve the treble and to win every domestic game this season. It means that this squad will be remembered as the 100% team."
"As long as the game stayed at 1-0 there was always the possibility that an error would allow Forfar back into the match. Credit to Forfar, they came with a game plan which was to flood the midfield and it was always a gamble to play with a back three against us."
"I think towards the end of the match, we looked a tired team, and the efforts of a long hard season were beginning to tell. In saying that we controlled the match and created numerous chances, which if it wasn’t for some expert goalkeeping, on another day, we could have finished with a far more comfortable scoreline."
"I would like to congratulate all the staff and players on a magnificent achievement, they fully deserve to go now and enjoy a well-earned break."
Thanks to all who attended today's match and showed their support for Breakthrough Breast Cancer. Thanks also to Henson Projects for their support in sponsoring the competition.
Congratulations to Glasgow City on their victory and well-done to both sides who ensured the final was an entertaining match that showed off the best of women's football in Scotland.