My personal blog on Scottish Women's Football
A Clare Shine hat-trick saw Glasgow City beat Hibernian 3-0 to secure their fifth successive Scottish Cup and fourth domestic treble. In the pouring rain, City produced a strong performance as Hibs never seemed to get going, although they came close a couple of times.
City took the lead just before half-time as a defensive error gave Shine room, and she fired the ball past Hibs keeper Jenna Fife.
Hibernian came close through Siobhan Hunter, Abigail Harrison and Lia Tweedie, but they could not find a way past City’s keeper Lee Alexander.
But it would be City who would wrap up the Scottish Cup as with four minutes to go, Cuthbert played Shine behind the Hibs defence and she clinically finished. And then, with seconds to go, a mistake by Joelle Murray let Shine in one final time, and she dinked the ball over Fife to secure her hat-trick.
Despite losing out to City once again, Hibernian can take heart from a highly impressive season and can look forward to closing the gap next season.
It took City just two minutes to create a great chance, and it was Shine who got on the end of it. A quickly taken free-kick allowed Hayley Lauder to get a cross in, but despite the ball being just behind Shine, she expertly flicked the ball over Fife but the ball hit the crossbar and bounced over.
The miserable conditions seemed to dampen both sides attacking potential with Shine heading wide and Abigail Harrison shooting well wide the only other chances in the opening quarter.
But City nearly took the lead, via the conditions. Fife had come out of her box to deny Shine a shooting opportunity, but her clearance was blown back towards the goal by the wind, and she could only watch as the ball rolled just past the post for a corner.
City then created a chance through more conventional means as Cuthbert set up Shine, but she shot straight at Fife. Hibs launched a counter attack, but Lisa Robertson’s cross was just too high for Lia Tweedie. Seconds later, Chloe Arthur had a go from distance and was unlucky to see her shot go just wide.
In the 25th minute, City came the closest to a goal as Hayley Lauder cut off the right-wing, and curled a shot towards the far corner, but the ball smashed off the post.
Hibs created their best chance so far from a free-kick as Harrison crossed to the far post where Siobhan Hunter’s volley was well saved by Lee Alexander. Minutes later, Hibs nearly created a great chance but Heather Richards’ dangerous cross was superbly cleared by Rachel Corsie.
And just before half-time, City took the lead. Hibs’ Emma Brownlie lost possession, the ball fell to Shine who took full advantage of the opportunity by blasting the ball past Fife as the ball smashed off the underside of the bar and over the line.
Hibs had the first chance of the second half when Lizzie Arnot’s cross picked out Abigail Harrison at the far post and her volley was blocked into Alexander’s arms.
Cuthbert threatened from distance with her shot smashing off the crossbar.
But Hibs were looking more dangerous in the second half. Brownlie slid Harrison into the box, she cut back towards the sliding Tweedie whose effort was superbly saved by Alexander.
There was worrying scenes as City’s Abbi Grant went down with what looked like a shoulder injury, and she required several minutes of treatment before being stretchered off.
The game was becoming more stretched. City came close when Leanne Ross’ cross picked out O’Sullivan who chested the ball to Fife. Then Cuthbert once again went close from distance but she was denied by Fife’s superb flying save.
Hibs nearly found the breakthrough through Harrison’s mazy run, only to be denied by Lauder’s block.
But then City got the crucial second goal with four minutes remaining. Cuthbert’s through-ball played Shine behind the Hibs defence and placed it under Fife.
And then, deep into stoppage time, Shine completed her hat-trick. A long ball looked like it would be cleared by Joelle Murray, but she miskicked, allowing Shine the chance to chip the ball over the diving Fife and into the bottom corner.
Glasgow City: Lee Alexander, Leanne Ross (c), Rachel Corsie, Lauren McMurchie (Cheryl McCulloch 90), Nicola Docherty (Susan Fairlie 29), Erin Cuthbert, Jo Love, Hayley Lauder, Denise O’Sullivan, Abbi Grant (Sarah Crilly 68), Clare Shine.
Subs Not Used: Georgie Rafferty, Kerry Montgomery, Julie Fleeting, Megan Cunningham (GK).
Goals: Clare Shine 43, 86, 90+3.
Hibernian: Jenna Fife, Emma Brownlie (Caroline Heron 87), Joelle Murray (c), Siobhan Hunter, Kirsty Smith, Heather Richards (Chelsea Cornet 78), Lisa Robertson, Chloe Arthur, Abigail Harrison, Lia Tweedie (Claire Williamson 69), Lizzie Arnot.
Subs Not Used: Zoe Ann Johnstone.
Referee: Morag Pirie
Assistant Referees: Hayley Irvine and Vikki Robertson
Fourth Official: Nicolle Andrews