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Hibernian 1 (Robertson 22) Glasgow City 1 (Lauder 67)
Hibernian won 6-5 on penalties
at Hamilton Academical F.C.
Hibernian lifted their second trophy of the season when a penalty shootout success won them the SSE Scottish Women's Cup against SWPL Champions Glasgow City.
The opening ten minutes saw both sides try to take control of matters and passed the ball around well without really showing signs of troubling either defence. A long ball forward by Siobhan Hunter was latched onto by Lizzie Arnot, however her touch was too heavy and Gemma Fay was able to gather safely.
A similar move at the other end saw Fiona Brown chase down a long pass and slide a teasing low ball across goal but Jenna Fife did well to smother under pressure from Hayley Lauder.
Hibernian had looked the brighter of the two sides and they took the lead midway through the first half with the first serious attempt on goal. Claire Williamson drilled a good cross into the area from deep where Lisa Robertson escaped the attentions of Haley Rosen to direct a header beyond the reach of Fay and into the corner of the net.
Abigail Harrison flashed a dangerous ball across the face of goal and just out of reach of two team mates as Hibernian looked to build on their good start. Harrison also had a shot deflected wide after exchanging passes with the lively Rachel McLauchlan but Hibs were to take a deserved one-goal advantage into the half time break.
City had had their fair share of possession but were being let down too often by the final ball when in good positions. Most of their best play had come from Brown on the left and she whipped in a dangerous cross which was diverted away by Jenna Fife, Joanne Love headed the ball back towards goal but Fife was able to gather before Clare Shine could capitalise.
Kirsty Smith fired over from distance at the other end and the full back was again heavily involved minutes later as she broke down the left and her pinpoint cross picked out McLauchlan whose header was inches past the post.
Brown was narrowly off target at the other end with a left foot shot but City had looked a lot stronger in the second half and pulled level on 67 minutes. Love's pass forward was inadvertently diverted by Smith into the path of Lauder who curled a left foot shot goalwards, Fife got a hand to the ball but was unable to prevent it from finding the net for the equaliser.
Shine was unlucky not to direct a volley on target at full stretch when being picked out by a fine ball from Lauren McMurchie, then at the other end, a good cross by Smith saw Brown miscue her clearance over her own bar. The resulting corner saw Joelle Murray's header deflected wide, then Arnot's kick was missed by Fay but Erin Cuthbert was well positioned to clear from in front of goal.
Brown was just off target with an attempted lob and Samantha Kerr had a shot charged down as City continued to finish normal time strongly but they were grateful to Nicola Docherty in the last minute of injury time, the full back somehow managing to hook the ball away on the goal line as two Hibs players tried to bundle the ball home.
City were first on the attack in extra time with Lauder heading over but at the other end, Fay needed to be alert and did well to gather under pressure from Sarah Ewens following a dangerous ball in from Arnot. Hibs then had a good spell on top and won a series of corners but City stood firm to stay on terms at the end of the first period.
Both teams were being affected by cramp and tiredness and the pace of the game inevitably slowed down. The first chance went City's way; good work down the left by Shine culminated with her cutting the ball back for Sarah Crilly who dragged her shot just wide of the far post. Hibs responded well with McCulloch making a vital headed clearance from Smith's cross but neither side could make the breakthrough, sending the game into a penalty shootout.
Robertson lifted the first kick over the bar and the next six were all converted until Lauder saw her effort well saved by Fife. Lucy Graham then put Hibs into a winning position but Shine confidently slotted home to take it to sudden death. Ewens and Love both scored, then Murray found the corner of the net before Kerr shot over the bar, meaning Hibernian were the winners.
Hibernian: Jenna Fife, Claire Williamson (sub Rachael Small 71mins), Kirsty Smith, Siobhan Hunter, Joelle Murray, Emma Brownlie, Rachel McLauchlan (sub Cailin Michie 119mins), Lucy Graham, Abigail Harrison (sub Sarah Ewens 88mins), Lisa Robertson, Lizzie Arnot. Subs not used: Kirsty Jefferies, Shannon Leishman, Ellis Notley, Caitlin Russell.
Glasgow City: Gemma Fay, Leanne Ross (sub Samantha Kerr 83mins), Nicola Docherty, Lauren McMurchie, Savannah McCarthy (sub Cheryl McCulloch 76mins), Joanne Love, Fiona Brown, Haley Rosen (sub Sarah Crilly 48mins), Erin Cuthbert, Clare Shine, Hayley Lauder. Subs not used: Erin Clachers, Carla Boyce, Keeva Keenan, Brogan Hay.
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