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Spartans overcome Celtic in Cup
 Women's Football SFA News - 19 Sep 2018
SFA News - Spartans overcome Celtic in Cup - 19 Sep 2018 - Women's Football NewsSpartans produced the result of the round to reach the semi finals of the SSE Scottish Women's Cup when they defeated Celtic 3-1.
Zoe Johnstone gave Spartans a first half lead, which they took into the interval, but further strikes from Kaela McDonald and Johnstone again, meant that they were three goals ahead by the midpoint of the second half. Josi Giard did reduce the arrears for Celtic but it is the Edinburgh side who progress and keep their chances alive of lifting the trophy for the first time.
Holders Hibernian swept into the last four by running out 11-0 winners away to Edinburgh University Hutchison Vale. No less than eight different Hibs players got on the scoresheet, Lauren Davidson and Rachel McLauchlan each scoring twice along with Abi Harrison, Siobhan Hunter, Lisa Robertson, Cailin Michie, Lia Tweedie, Jamie Lee Napier and an own goal to keep Hibernian on course for a potential hat-trick of successes and stretch their winning run in the competition to thirteen matches.
Glasgow City stormed to the semi finals as they also recorded an 11-0 victory over Renfrew at New Western Park. It was always going be a tough task for the SWFL Division One side, who sit two levels below City in the Scottish Women's League set up and it got even tougher when Hayley Lauder fired City ahead in the first half. Lidija Kuliš then headed home twice, before Lauder also netted her second on 37 minutes and Kirsty Howat made it five before the break. In the second half, further goals came from Howat, Jordan McLintock, Lara Ivanuša, Hannah Stewart (2) and Jo Love to finish off the comfortable victory for Scott Booth's side.
SWPL 2 Champions Motherwell are the last remaining team from outside the top flight, taking their place in the last four for the first time following a hard fought 1-0 success away to St Johnstone. Megan Burns headed in the only goal of the game with ten minutes on the clock and both sides subsequently went close to scoring afterwards but both goalkeepers were in fine form. The Women of Steel needed to see out a spirited late effort from St Johnstone as they sought an equaliser as their excellent season continued to go from strength to strength,
Scotland's top two teams have been drawn to face each other in the SSE Scottish Women's Cup semi final, which took place at BBC Pacific Quay on Tuesday.
Hibernian and Glasgow City have faced each other in the last three finals but this time only one will make it to Firhill Stadium on Sunday 4th November. The other tie sees SWPL 1 side, Spartans, who were finalists in 2014, take on runaway SWPL 2 champions, Motherwell.
Both semi finals will take place on Sunday 14th October at Forthbank Stadium, Stirling. Hibernian and Glasgow City will kick off at 12pm and Spartans v Motherwell at 3pm. Tickets will be available at the game and will be priced for both games at £5 for adults, £2 for concessions, and U16's go free. The same pricing applies for the Cup Final on Sunday 4th November.
Photo - Lidija Kulis scores for Glasgow City against Renfrew (Tommy Hughes).

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