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Glasgow City Make Scottish Football History

After beating their title rivals Hibernian 3-1, Glasgow City made history by winning their tenth title in a row, something no Scottish club has ever done.

Going into the game, City led Hibs by five points, so they knew that avoiding defeat they would be crowned champions. And goals from Sarah Crilly, Savannah McCarthy and Clare Shine saw Glasgow City win 3-1, securing the title.

The Shot Map. Glasgow City (left) and Hibernian (right)
The Shot Map. Glasgow City (left) and Hibernian (right)

After the game, Head Coach Scott Booth reflected on the club’s achievement, saying, “I was saying to the players before the game, and just after the game in the dressing room, the amount of people that have been involved in ten in a row. You take into account the people who work in the background, obviously Laura (Club Manager Laura Montgomery) and CAS (Chairperson Carol Anne Stewart) but other people who volunteer and help out and have done for a number of years. And then, players who have come and gone have also contributed to ten in a row, there’s a lot of people who have been involved in ten in a row. It’s very nice to be part of it.”

Since being formed in 1998, Glasgow City has dominated the Scottish domestic game, winning 11 SWPL titles, one SWF First Division (in their debut season), 6 SWPL Cups and 8 Scottish Women’s Cup.

Their first title came in the 2004-05 season, but they were denied the league over the next two seasons, partly down to Kim Little’s genius who was then playing for Hibernian.

But from the 2007-08 season, Glasgow City has won every single title (including the 2009 season, a championship that consisted of 11 games as the calendar converted from winter to summer).

Going into the game, there was obviously pressure going into the match, but Booth commented of his players that, “I was really pleased with the ways the players have handled that this season. It was something that was always there, and they are the type of players who handle that sort of pressure really well.”

Stats of the game
Stats of the game

City started the game on the front foot, dominating Hibernian and Booth said he felt confident before the game, after speaking to his players and seeing that “they had a really good mindset and they wanted it – there was a hunger there, a desire.”

Booth praised the Tartan Kicks’ Player of the Match Hayley Lauder, saying that “she was really good, started the game really well.” But he also praised Jo Love and said, “It was one of those days where you needed a couple of players who took the game by the scruff of the neck.”

Hayley Lauder's Stats
Hayley Lauder’s Stats

His opposite number, Hibernian Head Coach Chris Roberts, praised City for their title win but expressed his disappointment after the game. “Disappointed that we created quite a lot of chances today and we didn’t play that well. But we missed three big chances in the first half and then another three or four in the second half. To not play well and squander I think five really clear-cut chances in the game.”

On the goals City scored, he claimed that Hibs were their own worst enemy, but said they would work on rectifying that as a team. He praised the how the team passed the ball at times, saying that they managed to open the game up. But he added the problem was just having the confidence and belief to do that earlier in the game.”

He refused to use the hectic schedule in October for the performance, pointing out that “I don’t want to use that as an excuse as it is exactly the same for both teams.” He summed up Hibs’ performance as “poor goals conceded and squandered opportunities.”

Both teams will meet in two weeks time in the 2016 SSE Scottish Cup Final.

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