Scottish Cup Match reports

Swifts ease through to last 16

Swifts welcomes new club Ross County to Perth for the 2nd Round Scottish Cup tie. On a day where it was always going to be a case of maintaing standards and not allowing any chance of an upset, the Swifts put in a thoroughly professional performance against a spirited opposition.

Swifts showed their intent from the off and debutant Strachan got the ball rolling with an excellent delivery from the wide area which was volleyed home by Fox. The first half then proved to be a procession towards the Ross County goal with McIntyre and McGinley both scoring doubles to take the score to 5-0 relatively early.

Swifts were moving the ball quickly with Shaw involved constantly and the delivery from Strachan and Flynn-Scott was causing havoc for the visitor's defence.

McIntyre then grabbed her hat-trick before Thatcher side-foot volleyed home another Strachan delivery. McIntyre was certainly not finished and she added another two goals, the second from a Todd cross after the winger had replaced the injured Strachan to take the half-time score to 9-0.

HT Swifts 9 Ross County 0

The challenge set by boss McCrindle at half-time was to maintain the same standards as the first half. To be fair to the Swifts they maintained the pressure constantly and although the play was not as fluent the standard of goals was perhaps better.

As she had done in the first half Fox started the scoring with an excellent snap-shot from the edge of the box. McGinley then produced a carbon copy from the edge and then Shaw headed home a Todd corner.

Thatcher then produced probably the best goal of the game when she danced past three defenders showing great close control in the box and calmly side-footed home. Fox then turned provider when she got to the by-line and her cut back was stroked home by McGinley.

Thatcher then crossed to McDonald who headed home and another Todd corner bore fruit when Martin headed home.

Maclean kept the goals coming when she collected at the edge of the box, showed good footwork and although her shot was slightly mis-hit it sneaked home.

Fittingly it was Fox who completed the scoring and secured her hat-trick in the process.

FT Swifts 18 Ross County 0

Swifts will be delighted with the mentality shown by the players. Having lost to a 2nd Div side in last year's Scottish Cup there was no similar fate and the team showed a great desire. Ross County displayed a fantastic team spirit to the game, encouraged each other throughout and always tried to keep playing the right way, and deserve huge credit for doing so, and we wish them every success in their development as a club.

McCrindle was pleased with his troops. "When playing cup ties against teams you know nothing about they can sometimes be a potential banana skin. We chatted before the game about the challenge psychologically and how we approached the game as the SWPL2 side and not to underestimate our opponents. Every one of the girls were fantastic, the professionalism that they showed from start to finish was superb, some of the play today was a direct result of what we have worked on and as a coach its always good to see the girls implement it. They are an incredibly talented bunch and it was joy to watch them today.

Reported by Steve Grossi Jeanfield Swifts FC

Buchan 3 Forfar Farmington 5 (After Extra Time)

Forfar Farmington advanced to the third round of the Scottish Cup after making hard work of defeating Buchan at Maud Pleasure Park on Sunday.

After Robyn Smith gave the SWPL1 side the lead, Buchan raced into a 3-1 advantage however Amy Gallacher and Ann Taylor levelled the scoring before half time. The game went into extra time after no further goals with Kirsty Deans and Smith’s second sealing a hard fought 5-3 win.

Head Coach Mark Nisbet made seven changes from the defeat to Spartans a fortnight prior to the tie; notably Hannah Dryden, Kayleigh Brough and Stephanie Milne making their first starts of the season. Alana Bruce, Robyn Smith, Kayleigh Noble and Kirsty Deans were the remaining four who started, the players they replaced all dropping to the bench bar Tori Sousa who was

unavailable.

The visitors had the first chance of the game after just four minutes; Ann Taylor linking up well with Sophie Milligan and the latter’s cross found Noble but her header flew over.

Eight minutes later Alana Bruce fired straight into the arms of keeper Jodie Kennedy while Leanne Reid sent a free kick over at the other end.

Forfar took the lead in the 17th minute when poor defending by Buchan ended up with a clearance bouncing off Noble and the ball found Robyn Smith who nodded home under the keeper.

Just three minutes later the scores were level after a long ball from the Buchan defence found Louise Brown and the striker raced clear of the defence before firing past Dryden.

It was Brown who was found with another long ball in the 27th minute, this time the striker’s effort going in off the post to give the hosts the lead.

They extended their lead two minutes later through Reid when she curled home from the edge of the box.

Forfar reduced the deficit shortly after Buchan’s third with Noble swinging a cross in for Amy Gallacher to fire home.

Less than three minutes after the second Forfar were level through an Ann Taylor goal; her cross into the box was misjudged by the keeper and flew into the top corner – Taylor will no doubt claim the intention was always to go for goal.

That goal capped off an incredible eighteen minutes that saw six goals with just under an hour remaining.

Taylor felt lucky after her equalising goal and in the 38th minute attempted to score against her former club again from long range with an effort that dipped over the bar.

Alana Bruce almost netted with a cross of her own less than sixty seconds in to the second half but the ball fell just inches from the goal line and was cleared by a defender.

Nicola Davidson was next to go close in the 48th minute after being set up by Kirsty Deans, her effort going inches over with Kennedy beaten.

Davidson turned provider shortly after the hour mark when she sent Smith clear; the attacker made her way to the edge of the box before dragging her effort wide of the mark.

It seemed to be a one way street in terms of chances in the second half with Davidson and Deans both having efforts on target in the final twenty. Buchan’s only chance of the second half came in the final minute when Zoe Smart blasted over.

The rules of the Scottish Cup state the games must be played to a finish so the game went to extra time with the teams sharing six goals.

Eight minutes into the first half of extra time and Forfar took the lead after being 3-1 down previously; Holly Napier’s run down the left ended with her finding Julia Scott who laid the ball off for Deans and the ex-Inverness midfielder fired home after deceiving the defence.

Scott curled wide with a chance of her own before Farmington had the ball in the net again in the 101st minute. Jade McLaren made her way into the box before cutting the ball back for Holly Napier to stab home. Unfortunately for Napier the referee ruled her to be offside despite the assistant referee appearing to think otherwise.

Napier had another chance in the 107th minute after being sent through on goal by Davidson but the Buchan keeper turned her shot wide.

Robyn Smith delivered Buchan a coup de grace two minutes later after Megan McCarthy weaved her way past four defenders before driving the ball across goal for Smith to tap in and send Forfar through to the third round of the Scottish Cup.

Buchan: Jodie Kennedy, Jennifer Urquhart, Lauren Boardman, Vanessa Silcocks (Sophie Anderson 60), Natasha Wiseman (Connie Strachan 66), Lydia Johnston, Zoe Smart (Danica Ritchie 109), Leanne Reid, Michelle Sutherland (Julia Reid 74), Gemma Rae, Louise Brown

Forfar Farmington: Hannah Dryden, Stephanie Milne (Megan McCarthy 51), Sophie Milligan (Jade McLaren 64), Amy Gallacher (Holly Napier 64), Nicola Davidson, Alana Bruce, Kirsty Deans, Kayleigh Brough (Lindsey Dunbar 88), Kayleigh Noble (Julia Scott 51), Robyn Smith, Ann Taylor

Sub not used: McNicoll (gk)

Reported by Forfar Farmington FC Picture: Forfar Farmington FC

City Goal-Fest sees Champions Progress in Cup

Glasgow City gave East Kilbride Girls a tough lesson in cup football as the defending champions won 26-0 at home in the Scottish Cup.

The gulf in class was apparent from the first whistle as City exerted their dominance from the first kick of the ball. Within seconds Sarah Crilly, leading the line for City, came close to opening the scoring following some good work on the left by Hayley Lauder. At pace, Lauder zipped a low cross to find Crilly sliding towards the far post but the pacey forward couldn’t connect.

The opening goal came through captain Leanne Ross within 120 seconds of kick off. Crilly ran off the shoulder of the EK defence and teed it up for Ross to stroke home from close range. 1-0.

Savannah McCarthy was next to help herself to a goal. Ross sent an inch perfect cross into the EK box from a corner kick and McCarthy glanced a header, which took a slight deflection, into the net. The goal made it 2-0 in five minutes and signalled an ominous sign for the visitors.

And so the goals kept coming and minutes later it was 3-0 when Ross grabbed her second, shooting across the keeper from an angle. Then Brogan Hay bagged a goal. A nice cross from young Hannah Coakley, making her City debut, was parried by Amy Hiddleton in the EK goal. Hay read the bounce and slotted home inside the six-yard box. 4-0 in ten minutes. Brogan Hay then scored her second of the game when her cross-come-shot snuck in off the far post to make it 5-0.

Ross was running the show from her advanced position in midfield and helped herself to a hat trick early doors. She went on a great solo run, which was matched by an even better finish into the top corner. 6-0.

The creative Lauder was next to bag a goal. An intelligent run in behind the EK defence by Crilly gave her the space to set up Lauder in front of goal, who had all the time in the world to pick her spot in the back of the net. 7-0.

Crilly then scored one of the most bizarre goals you‘re ever likely to see. A brilliant cross from the left was met by an exceptional diving header by Crilly, which was well saved by Hiddleton. Then everybody stopped playing for no reason whatsoever. Lauder, realising the game was still in progress passed to Crilly, who practically walked the ball into the net while EK defenders just stood and watched. 8-0.

City’s ninth goal was scored by the superb Ross who slotted the ball into corner for her fourth of the game. Then McCarthy scored a sensational solo goal. The Irish defender simply strolled through near enough the entire EK team before sticking the ball in the bottom corner of the net to take City‘s goal tally into double figures. 10-0.

To make matters worse for EK their goalkeeper, Hiddleton, was subbed off injured and an outfield player took the jersey. She was picking the ball out of the net within minutes when Crilly was the only one switched on to a poor kick out. Crilly ran through on goal and finished to make it 11-0.

Ross then scored her fifth of the game, and it was a goal of sublime quality. Spotting the keeper a few yards off her line, the captain scored a world-class lob from the edge of the box to make it 12 -0.

Erin Cuthbert has been City’s star of the season so it was no surprise when she bagged a goal.

The midfielder made a great run into the box and had her first shot saved, but her second shot on the volley was delightful and nestled in the far corner of the net. 13-0.

With half time approaching the game was rewarded by a double hat trick for Ross. Popping up again in the EK box, the skipper, as calm as you like, sent the defence a dummy then rolled the ball into the bottom right corner. 14-0.

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