A hat-trick from Clare Shine and four goals from Sarah Crilly saw Glasgow City ease past Glasgow Girls into the 2016 SSE Scottish Women’s Cup Final. Glasgow Girls would have wanted to get in at half-time without scoring, however, they could barely have had a worse start as City took the lead through a Carla Boyce strike. Two goals from Clare Shine and one more from Boyce meant City were 4-0 up after just 20 minutes.
Shine completed her hat-trick and Sarah Crilly scored twice to give City a 7-0 lead at half-time. In the second half, Crilly scored twice – with her fourth a sublime lob over the keeper.
City may have made changes to their attack, but from the start, they showed their intention to get an early goal and did so in just the second minute. Glasgow Girls’ Megan Logan missed her interception allowing Sarah Crilly to pick out Carla Boyce on the edge of the box who took one touch before picking out the bottom corner.
Soon after, it was 2-0. Glasgow Girls looked like they could open up the City defence, but City dealt with Lauren Evans cross and launched a quick counter which was converted with Clare Shine’s composed finish.
In the 13th minute, City made it 3-0 when Lauren McMurchie’s shot was parried by the keeper straight to Shine who snapped up the chance.
Glasgow Girls needed to score and came close through Samantha McManus’ long-range effort that Erin Clachers watched carefully to save.
Then Glasgow City came close to their fourth when Brogan Hay’s half-volley smashed off the underside of the bar.
And then, they did get a fourth. Nicola Docherty’s cross picked out Hayley Lauder who couldn’t get a shot off and layed the ball off to Boyce whose shot found the bottom right corner. Boyce had a chance for her hat-trick when Crilly’s cross picked her out, but her acrobatic finish went wide.
On the half-hour mark, City was 5-0 up when Brogan Hay’s lovely play down the left allowed her to square the ball to Crilly who was left with a simple finish.
Towards the end of the first half, Glasgow City scored two more goals. The first saw Sam Kerr’s through-ball picking out Shine who completed her hat-trick. And then, Nicola Docherty’s cross provided Crilly with a tap-in.
Glasgow City made a couple of changes at half-time with Hannah Coakley and Kodie Hay replacing Hayley Lauder and Clare Shine – and Kodie Hay nearly made an immediate impact when she was picked out by Boyce, but her shot lacked the power to beat the keeper. Then Hannah Coakley came close, but her effort just going over.
The two substitutes linked up to provide the assist for Crilly to complete her hat-trick. Coakley picked out Kodie Hay on the left side of the box, she tapped the ball to Crilly who curled the ball into the top-right corner.
Glasgow Girls had a good chance to pull a goal back. McManus’ corner was cleared to Chloe Docherty whose shot forced Clachers into a good save.
Despite being 8-0 up, City kept on looking for another goal. Kodie Hay’s stunning cross picked out Crilly in the box, but she could only shoot wide.
And in the 89th minute, Glasgow City did score their ninth goal. A stunning diagonal ball from Brogan Hay found Crilly who, with the keeper off the line, lobbed the keeper.