Glasgow City made Scottish footballing history as they secured the SWPL 1 title with a 3-1 win over Hibernian, their tenth title in a row. No Scottish side, male or female, has ever done that before beating Celtic’s and Rangers’ previous record of nine. City started the game strongly and deservedly took the lead through in-from striker Sarah Crilly before Savannah McCarthy headed in their second before half-time.
Clare Shine blasted in their third mid-way through the second half, and after missing a few key chances, Hibernian pulled a goal back late in the day when Siobhan Hunter’s long-range shot was fumbled over the line by Gemma Fay.
But, the full-time whistle was blown soon after and City celebrated their fantastic moment in history.
Despite City starting strongly, it was Hibernian who had the game’s first chance from Lucy Graham’s long-range effort but in the end, it was an easy save for Gemma Fay.
But in the tenth minute, City took the lead. Hayley Lauder flicked the ball past her marker in the box and then delivered a teasing ball across the six-yard box where Sarah Crilly was waiting at the far post to score – her seventh in the past four games.
Lauder could have found herself on the scoresheet soon after, but her shot from just inside the box left the crossbar shaking. She came close minutes later, but the Scotland international shot just wide from the edge of the box.
City’s chances kept on falling to Lauder. Fiona Brown picked her out with a lovely cross, but Lauder’s shot went agonisingly wide.
Late on in the first half, Hibernian started to create more chances going forward. Trickery from Lizzie Arnot made room for herself down the right and picked out Caroline Heron in the six-yard box, but City’s Cheryl McCulloch was there to make the block.
And then a missed interception from Savannah McCarthy allowed Rachel McLauchlan through one-on-one with Fay but the keeper made a good save with her legs. Fay couldn’t collect the rebound and had to block Arnot’s shot with her body outside the box.
In first half stoppage time, City scored their second goal. A free-kick was worked to Brown down the right and her cross picked out McCarthy at the far post whose header gave Fife no chance.
Hibs had a good start to the second half but failed to threaten Gemma Fay. City soon found their attacking play again with Clare Shine playing Crilly through but she was denied by Fife, tipping the ball over.
Soon after, Jo Love came close from a long-range effort that just crept over the crossbar.
Hibs though should have pulled a goal back in the 63rd minute when Kirsty Smith’s cross picked out Heron who had time to control the ball but saw her shot saved by Fay,
The next minute, City scored their third. Lauder came close to scoring once again, but her shot smashed off the left post. But there was Shine to pounce on the rebound to smash the ball into the top corner.
Hibs tried to find themselves back into the match. Ewens’ cross picked out Harrison at the far post and she headed the ball down to Heron, but Fay anticipated this and made the catch.
Harrison cut inside off the win but saw her shot blocked by McCulloch.
And then, Hibernian did pull a goal back in the 83rd minute. Siobhan Hunter tried her luck from 35 yards, however, it looked like Fay would make the save, but she didn’t cleanly collect and fumbled the ball over the line.
The Edinburgh side tried to pull another goal back but Fay made a magnificent save to deny Ewens. And then late on, Clare Williamson saw her effort hit the side netting.
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