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.
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 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.