The two top teams in their respective leagues, Glasgow City in SBSSWPL 1 and Forfar Farmington in SBSSWPL 2, went head-to-head at Forthbank Stadium for a place in the SSE Scottish Women’s Cup Final. Despite the league difference, this was to be an interesting tie with Forfar nearly confirmed as SBSSWPL 2 champions. This would make the match a good test of their ability ahead of promotion in 2018.
After their midweek trip to Kazakhstan for UWCL duties, Glasgow City showed no sign of sluggishness and got the opening goal with five minutes on the clock. Katie McCabe played the ball through the middle for Noelle Murray who calmly slotted the ball in the net.
It could have been a sign of things to come with Glasgow City opening the floodgates, as they have done to many a team throughout the years. However, Forfar showed the quality and resilience they’ve had in their league campaign and we’re frustrating the 10 time league champions.
City though eventually made their pressure pay and with 34 minutes gone, they doubled their lead. Keeva Keenan heading the ball into the net from a lovely Leanne Ross free-kick.
The last chance of the half would be for Forfar Farmington with something created from nothing. Caroline Heron was at least 35 yards out as she put her effort towards goal. It looked on target and it was enough of an attempt to make Lee Alexander push the ball out to safety and for a corner.
For the second half, Glasgow City made four substitutions, showing the quality they could call upon. It certainly was evident as the half went on with the Forfar players tiring.
City eventually made that strength in depth tell by getting their third goal, effectively sealing their place in the final. Abbi Grant was played in behind the Forfar defence and with work still to be done, she did well to position her body and slot the ball past the advancing Fiona McNicoll.
With the game under City’s control, it seemed that neither team was pushing themselves. Forfar and City with perhaps their eye on important games coming up. It wasn’t until the 83rd minute that City added to their tally from the spot. Joanne Paton advanced into the box and away from the defender before she was brought down for a clear penalty. She proceeded to step up and get the goal.
It seemed that we wouldn’t see any further action but Glasgow City added to their tally with a minute of injury time played. Megan Foley the scorer with a tidy finish.
The result was perhaps one that could have been predicted before the match with City the heavy favourites, despite their midweek travels. However, both teams will come away relatively pleased. Forfar have had a good test of the standard they can expect on their return to SBSSWPL 1 and City have reached the SSE Scottish Women’s Cup final. They will now face Rangers or Hibernian on Sunday 26th Novemember at the Tony Macaroni Arena, Livingston, for a 16:00 KO.