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Glasgow City and Spartans book their place in the League Cup Final

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Glasgow City and Spartan Ladies booked their place in the SWPL League Cup Final after defeating Forfar Farmington and Hiberian Ladies in the semi finals respectively.

On Wednesday night, Spartan Ladies overcame a strong Hibs side to win 2-1 and book their spot in the final for the fourth time in a row, thanks to goals from Louise Mason and Sarah Ewens. Hibernian set up a nervy ending to the game after a late strike from Katey Turner but it was a mere consolation to Willie Kirk’s side.

Thursday night saw Glasgow City fire four goals past Forfar Farmington to reach the final once again. Goals from Danni Pagliarulo, Suzanne Lappin, Leanne Ross and Sarah Crilly kept City’s defence of the cup alive.

Forfar Farmington 0-4 Glasgow City

Glasgow City defeated Forfar Farmington 4-0 at Keirs Park, Hill of Beath to book their place in the Premier League Cup Final, where they will face last season’s beaten finalists Spartans.

Cup holders City dominated the match but took until the second half to get on the scoresheet, when defender Danni Pagliarulo fired home her second successive goal for City to put her team ahead after a great leap from Eilish McSorley at the back post put Forfar under pressure following a City corner.

Sue Lappin expertly met a Leanne Ross free kick to head in number two on 57 minutes and Ross made it 3-0 scoring from the penalty spot after Suzanne Malone was fouled in the box.

With only a few minutes remaining, Sarah Crilly capitalised on Forfar keeper Ellie Welton being unable to hold a shot in very wet conditions to finish from close range and make the final score 4-0 to City.

After the match, City head coach Eddie Wolecki Black said: “We are very happy to be in the final. It shows a great consistency as it is our fourth final in a row and probably sums up what playing for this club is all about in that we have to be competing for Cups and League titles. We have now put ourselves in a good position again to try and retain our League Cup.

“I have to say that in the first half, for as much as we had the ball, Forfar contributed to a good match as they made it very difficult for us, fought for every ball and competed well. It took a couple of minor tactical tweaks at half time which helped us in the second half and we got our rewards from that.

“The surface was very difficult as there was just too much water on the pitch and that made it tough for both teams. We can now look forward to a Cup final against the same opponents as last year in Spartans and they will make it very difficult for us. They will be buoyed by last night’s semi-final win over Hibs and it will take a very good performance from us to win the first trophy of the season”

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Andy Muirhead is the Editor of Scotzine and the Scottish Football fanzine FITBA. He is the Scottish Football columnist for The Morning Star and has written for a number of other publications including ESPN, Huffington Post UK, BT Life's a Pitch and has had his work featured in the Daily Record, The Scotsman and the Daily Mail.

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