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Glasgow City Seal SBS SWPL 1 Title After Beating Hibs

A stunning start from Glasgow City helped them beat Hibernian to secure their eleventh title in the row and twelfth overall. Lauren McMurchie’s volley opened the scoring, and then two defensive mistakes from Hibs in two minutes gifted two goals to secure the title.

Hibernian had not beaten City in the league since 2007, and things were made even harder, with captain Joelle Murray and vice-captain Lisa Robertson missing through suspension and two players missing training in the week through illness.

Once Glasgow City gained a foothold in the game, it never looked like Hibs could find a way to stop City from making history once again.

After the game, captain Leanne Ross lifted the trophy – and she has been part of every single one of City’s eleven titles-in-a-row.

Photo: Tommy Hughes

Competitive Opening

As you would expect for a game of this magnitude, the opening exchanges had a nervy but competitive start to it with half-chances for both sides in the opening 10 minutes. City’s keeper Lee Alexander had to be alert to deny Kirsty Smith, whilst at the other end, Abbi Grant’s cross was just too high for Katey McCabe at the far post.

But soon, City started to gain a foothold in the game. After a corner was not fully cleared by Hibs, Noelle Murray came close to an opener but her shot from 25 yards just went over.

McMurchie Puts City Ahead

And then, a spell of pressure led to the opener. After Hibs failed to clear the ball fully, City won a second consecutive corner. From that corner, the ball was flicked on to the far post where Lauren McMurchie had the time to set herself, before firing the ball past Fife.

After taking the lead, City turned the screw and nearly scored the second after a cleverly worked free-kick saw Leanne Crichton set up Hayley Lauder on the edge of the box, but her shot just went wide.

Defensive Errors Cost Hibs

And then Glasgow City did double their lead and it came through an error from Hibernian. Siobhan Hunter’s clearance went straight to Lauder. Her shot was well parried by Jenna Fife, but the ball fell straight to Abbi Grant who was left with a simple finish.

The next minute it was 3-0 and it came from another Hibs error as Ellis Notely was tackled by Lauder, and this time, she gave Fife no chance.

Hibs did have one chance in the first half, coming in the 36th minute, when Chelsea Cornet played in Abi Harrison, but City’s keeper Lee Alexander made a great save low down.

City celebrates Lauren McMurchie’s opener.
Photo: Tommy Hughes

City Keep Up The Pressure

In the second half, City didn’t take their foot off the gas, and on-loan midfielder Katey McCabe had her shot well saved by Fife.

The pressure was kept up with Jo Love shooting over, McMurchie heading over from close range and McCabe having another chance, but this time shooting over.

Fife had to be alert once again to deny a powerful shot from Grant that seemed destined to finding the top corner.

After the hour mark, Hibs started creating a few decent chances with Kirsty Smith shooting over from the left wing, and Harrison having her effort saved by Alexander.

And then, late on, Harrison had another decent chance when Rachel McLauchlan’s cross picked her out, but she could only head over.

But the reality of the second half was that it looked more like that Glasgow City was going to score than Hibernian, and the Edinburgh side had Fife to thank for keeping the score 3-0.


Hibernian: Jenna Fife; Rachel McLauchlan, Emma Brownlie, Siobhan Hunter, Kirsty Smith; Ellis Notely, Rachel Small (c), Chelsea Cornet; Amy Gallacher (Lia Tweedie 66), Katey Turner (Cailin Michie 78), Abi Harrison.

Glasgow City: Lee Alexander; Leanne Ross (c), Keeva Keenan, Lauren McMurchie (Savannah McCarthy 86), Nicola Docherty; Abbi Grant, Jo Love, Leanne Crichton, Katey McCabe (Joanne Paton 80); Hayley Lauder (Megan Foley 76); Noelle Murray.

2 thoughts on “Glasgow City Seal SBS SWPL 1 Title After Beating Hibs

  1. So, City win the league again! This clearly shows that women’s football in Scotland is not in a good way. Hibs have only their self to blame, or should I say Joelle Murray, Captain, and Lisa Robertson, Vice Captain. Both get themselves double yellow carded in a game which they won easily. It comes as no surprise to hear that Murray was carded for descent! This is not the first time! I believe this would be the time for her to hang up her boots. Never got a game at Euros, which came as no surprise. Time to let the fully fit youngsters have a go?
    So, what now for Scottish women’s football? The SWF have made one of there famous blunders, by having the Scottish Cup Final on a FIFA weekend, so City may be without some of the Irish girls for the Final. Does nothing to promote the game. In recent times the SWF also deducted points from Aberdeen, who were unable to play an evening match in the central belt because some of their players could not meet a departure time because of University and school national examinations. What is the SWF claim!? I don’t want to visit the site, but it is along the lines of ‘every girls who wants to play football can’. When quite clearly that is not the case, as my examples show. Volunteers trying to make a name for themselves, and get some freebies along the way. Progress will never be made with this type of management.
    Sad situation, and sad days for those who commit and sacrifice social life etc, to play the game.
    The English FA have a great deal to answer for, and I believe the SWF have too, although in a different way.
    I think my time following the women’s game in Scotland will come to an end at the end of the month. I must find my entertainment elsewhere. I hear that there is a women Netball team in Glasgow that has more support. Must check them out!

  2. Hi,
    My sources have just advised that one member of the SWF board is the parent of one of the Hibs players!
    Surely, this has to raise questions about neutrality?????????
    Was due diligence carried out on this appointment????????? Sorry, but that is just not justifiable. No offense to the parent or the player, but surely they must see that this situation leaves the door open for questions to be asked? Sorry, but you have to go!!!!!
    Maybe City have another reason to complain about the date of the Scottish Cup Final??

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