A mistake from Aberdeen’s goalkeeper Becky Flaherty allowed Clare Shine to score just before half-time as the SWPL Cup holders Glasgow City beat Aberdeen 1-0.
The match was one that Glasgow City dominated, having 26 shots to Aberdeen’s two, but a lack of ruthlessness in front of goal meant that Aberdeen never lost the belief they could take the tie into extra-time.
City’s only goal came just before half-time as Becky Flaherty’s clearance was charged down by Clare Shine, and the City striker found the back of the net.
Whilst the score remained 1-0, Aberdeen seemed to grow in confidence and came close when Cassie Cowper nearly picked out Donna Paterson in the box.
But Glasgow City held on to win 1-0 and reached their 10th consecutive domestic final to set up yet another Glasgow City v Hibernian final.
Glasgow City started the game quickly and Julie Fleeting had two great chances within the opening four minutes, but each time she failed to find the target. But after Clare Shine cut off the wing and fired over, the game seemed to settle down.
But it was still City who were on top and had a great chance when Nicola Docherty’s throw-in picked out Shine in the box, however, once again she shot over.
Erin Cuthbert picked up the ball from deep, sent Fleeting into the box but her shot was blocked by brave Aberdeen defending.
City finally got a shot on target in the 23rd minute through captain’s Leanne Ross’ 25-yard shot which forced Flaherty to tip the ball around the post.
Another great run from Cuthbert allowed her to cut the ball back to Ruesha Littlejohn, who took a touch but then saw her shot superbly saved by Flaherty. The ball fell to Fleeting, but her shot was deflected behind by a superb last-ditch block from Cassie Cowper.
City was continuing the pressure, with Docherty, Lauren McMurchie and Cuthbert all having long-range shots saved by Flaherty.
But just after the half-hour mark, City should have taken the lead. Ross whipped in a brilliant cross, picking out the unmarked Fleeting, but she could only head wide.
The next minute, they had the ball into the net as McMurchie bundled the ball over the line, but the referee disallowed the goal for a handball.
However, just before the half-time whistle, Glasgow City took the lead. Clare Shine chased down a passback, and Flaherty fired her clearance straight at her. The striker took her time and then curled the ball past the keeper.
Glasgow City started the second half with the same intensity as the first. Cuthbert had a shot saved low down, Jo Love’s header was well saved and Ross’ free-kick crept just wide of the far post.
But once again, the half soon calmed down with City having a series of half-chances, including Fleeting shooting over.
Just after the hour mark, Aberdeen finally had a chance but Nikki Smith’s 20-yard shot curled just wide of the far post.
Soon after, City and Shine came close to their second. From a corner, Ross drove the ball to Shine at the near post, and she took her touch before her shot smashed the post and into the side-netting.
In the 75th minute, Aberdeen should have at least troubled City’s keeper Gemma Fay. Cassie Cowper’s free-kick found Donna Paterson in a load of space in the box, but she failed to make contact with the ball.
Late on, City had a few more half-chances with Docherty having her shot deflected wide, Shine shooting over and Fleeting having a shot blocked.
But with full-time approaching, City nearly made it 2-0 however, Fleeting’s shot smashed off the crossbar.
Player of the Match
Erin Cuthbert – Glasgow City
I thought the team worked extremely hard, playing a very good Glasgow City side, so we knew it was going to be extremely tough…[On chances late on] I thought when we had the free-kick and I think it was Donna Paterson was close to getting onto it, I thought it was a great delivery by Cassie (Cowper) and we were just unfortunate we didn’t get there.
Allan Smith – Aberdeen Manager
It was a really tough match. It was, in certain respects, what I expected. Aberdeen are always an organised, they’ve got some good players that make it tough for you. We had a tight game with them in the league, and we knew it would be tight again. I don’t really feel that we were in too much danger, but I felt we could have done a lot more with the possession that we had.
Scott Booth – Glasgow City Manager