It’s day two of Leading the Line’s Scottish Cup Final week coverage, if you missed day one’s history of women’s football at Tynecastle then you can read all about it right here, but now we’re moving onto the first of the two paths trodden by both finalists on their route to the 2019 SSE Scottish Cup Final starting with newly crowned SWPL champions, Glasgow City.
Despite their thirteen season dominance of the league Scott Booth’s side haven’t tasted Scottish Cup triumph since 2015, when a Clare Shine hat-trick secured a 3-0 victory over their Edinburgh rivals. It’s a winless streak that Booth and his squad are keen to bring to an end this Sunday, but how did they book their place at Tynecastle this Sunday? This is their road to the Scottish Cup Final.
Edinburgh Caledonia 0-16 Glasgow City, Forrester High School
City eased their way into the tournament at the third round stage with a comprehensive 16-0 victory against a then undefeated SWFL Division 2 South East/Central Edinburgh Caledonia in the nation’s capital. It would be this season’s SWPL1 golden boot winner Kirsty Howat who would make the most hay, even though conditions were far from sunny, scoring six as City would score eight in each half, the rout beginning with a well worked team goal in the first minute.
Glasgow City 20-0 Dundee City, Petershill Park
Round four would prove to be equally straightforward with City putting twenty past SWFL Division 2 – North/East Dundee City at Petershill Park. The Tayside outfit did hold out a few seconds longer than Caledonia had done in the previous round but they too were quickly put to the sword with City netting thirteen before the interval. On a baking hot day Howat would again be on the mark scoring two to take her tournament total to eight but it would be former Rangers midfielder Hayley Sinclair who would top score with four whilst substitute Sam Kerr also grabbed a hat trick.
Celtic 0-2 Glasgow City, K Park
City’s first real test of the campaign came when they travelled to East Kilbride to face a Celtic side that would eventually go on to end City’s long 72 game unbeaten league run as the season came to a close. On this day though City would prove to be too strong as they comfortably defeated their off colour city rivals. In a first half dominated by City they eventually took the lead when Clare Shine was brought down on the edge of the Celtic area following a quick counter attack form the resultant free kick captain Leanne Ross stepped up to curl a superb effort in off the underside of the cross bar.
Howat would seal the victory by again getting on the score sheet finding herself on the end of a Rachel McLauchlan through ball before rifling an effort into the top corner after a clever dummy from strike partner Shine. That would be enough for City as they booked yet another Scottish Cup Semi Final appearance.
Rangers 1-4 Glasgow City, Forthbank Stadium
Scott Booth’s side would make it an Old Firm cup double in their first game back after the October international break but were made to work hard by a physical Rangers side. City had the best of the opening exchanges but found Rangers stopper Jade Baillie in sparkling form and it would in fact be Gregory Vignal’s side that would take a shock lead when Carla Boyce leapt highest at the back post to nod in from a Gers corner. The Light Blues were unable to hold on until the interval though as defender Eilish McSorley would smuggle the ball home to ensure the sides went in level after a spell of sustained City pressure.
That goal seemed to take the wind out of the Rangers sails as City dominated the second period and were soon 2-1 up, Sam Kerr being adjudged to have got the final touch on the line before a swift counter attack saw Rachel McLauchlan slide in a Hayley Lauder cross ball to make it three. McLauchlan added a fourth and final goal, again on the counter, this time tapping in a cross ball from Howat to secure a return to the final for the first time since 2017.
This year’s SSE Scottish Women’s Cup Final between Glasgow City and Hibernian takes place this Sunday 24th November with kick off at 4.10pm. Tickets are available from the Heart of Midlothian website here and on the gate on the day.
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