SSE Scottish Cup Final: Official Statement from Glasgow City

Glasgow City emailed the Scottish FA on 26th October, asking for an email to be passed on to the League Management Committee who the club understood reset the fixtures during the summer. This request was looking for reconsideration of the SSE Scottish Cup Final date due to the fact it was an international FIFA date.

This email was passed on immediately to the Scottish Women’s Football (SWF) Board. The SWF look after the SSE sponsored Scottish Cup. The Scottish FA, look after the elite domestic game and League Cup.

Glasgow City received a response from the SWF on Monday 30th October at 17:14 stating it sympathised with our request for the date to be changed but the date would go ahead as scheduled and included documents to appeal to the SFA.

Two days later, as our club were preparing our appeal (which had to be submitted within five working days), we received another letter from the SWF stating they were incorrect in their initial reply to ourselves and we in fact had no right of appeal.

This they stated, was due to the fact that if we wanted the date of the SSE Scottish Cup Final to be changed we had to have appealed a notification to ourselves and other clubs of the final date within seven days of the initial notification which was emailed to us on 20th July 2017.

On the 20th July 2017, the Glasgow City management team, never thought for a minute it would have to examine every single fixture date for fairness of competition. We, as it turns out, wrongly assumed this would be a given.

On the 20th July 2017, only the second round of the SSE Scottish Cup had been played. As the months have passed and Glasgow City has progressed to the final, our attention correctly moves to the date of the final. To our horror, on the 26th October, we noted the final was during an international FIFA date and Ireland had a crucial world cup qualifier.

Glasgow City has four Ireland international players in its starting eleven.

All four players have been called up to senior international camps in the last 12 months.

On the 20th July, when the fixtures were received, we admit we did not rigorously check every single fixture date to ensure fairness. Did any other team? We believed this was the job of our governing body.

On the 20th July, the SWF changed the date of the final from the 19th November (not an international FIFA date) and changed it to the 26th November. At this point they would/should have noted it was an international date. We strongly question at this point that the SWF were not aware that changing the date of the final would impact on Glasgow City.

Our club, at the point of July in 2017, had been in six straight Scottish Cup Finals. The upcoming final is now our seventh in succession. We believe that in July, it would have been extremely ignorant of the SWF not to think that Glasgow City could have a chance of being in this year’s final.

We also believe that as a club who has had Irish senior international players in our first team squad since 2013 and indeed currently has four, and three on the 20th July, that the SWF were not aware that moving the date of the SSE Scottish Cup Final to an international FIFA date when Ireland had an international qualifier that Glasgow City, should they reach the final, which on history was extremely likely, would be significantly disadvantaged.

Yes, we should have not assumed competence/integrity of our major cup final scheduling, despite the fact we had only played the second round. Wrongly, we assumed we had a fair competition. We also wrongly assumed integrity of competition and professionalism and competence of our governing body to not schedule a Cup Final on an international FIFA date.

The only people who completely knew on the 20th July they had put our major cup final on a FIFA date were the SWF. Yet, they denied a duty of care to our club to inform us.

The SWF have informed us, and we quote ‘senior fixture schedule has traditionally been composed taking into account Scotland’s international calendar at both senior and Under 19 level’. This may be the case, but having looked at the past three years of fixtures, our Scotland squads have met up on every FIFA international date.

Therefore we would argue that Scotland not meeting up on the November FIFA international date goes against precedent. In addition, with this rule, only one team is discriminated and that is Glasgow City.

Our major Cup Final should have the best teams and the best players. Yet on the 20th July, our governing body knowingly put our final on a date which would have the most likely chance of having one of our best teams unable to field its best players.

City remain two points clear with a solid win over Stirling

Image by Tommy Hughes

Image by Tommy Hughes

Glasgow City maintained their two point gap over second placed Hibernian at the top of the Scottish Building Society SWPL 1 after defeating Stirling Uni 3-0 at Petershill Park.

In a match where Stirling keeper Chloe Logan was in inspired form, City took the lead on 29 minutes when Abbi Grant fired into the roof of the net from close range after Logan had expertly saved her first attempt after a Nicola Docherty cross to the back post.

Grant then hit the post, but City were soon further ahead when Leanne Crichton powered the ball past Logan from inside the box to make it 2-0 after Katie McCabe had cut the ball back from the by-line. 

Grant made it 3-0 for City on 62 minutes as she raced on to a well timed Hayley Lauder pass to slot past Logan for her second of the match and her twentieth goal of the season.

City Head Coach, Scott Booth said, “I thought it was a really good first half performance in particular. We created lots of chances and played some really good football. The only downside was that we perhaps were not clinical enough, but credit to the players because they kept going at it and pushing for the goals. In the second half I was delighted we got the third to kill the game and I thought we saw the match out professionally after that.”

Two games now remain in the Scottish Building Society Premier League race to the title and the top two go head to head next Sunday as City travel to Edinburgh to take on Hibernian at Ainslie Park. It is a game not to be missed.

City stay top with four games remaining

Image by Andy Buist.

Image by Andy Buist.

Glasgow City maintained their two point gap over second placed Hibernian at the top of the Scottish Building Society SWPL 1 after firing 8 past bottom side Aberdeen.

With only four games remaining the Dons look set for relegation and City showed little mercy as they took the lead after 8 minutes on the clock. Megan Foley’s thunderous effort came back off the cross bar to team mate Noelle Murray who unselfishly set up Lauder and she made no mistake from inside the box. 

It was 2-0 after 20 minutes when Jo Love hit home the goal of the match as she curled a beautiful right footed effort into the top corner. The City and Scotland midfielder then turned provider as her inch perfect pass to Irish international Captain Katie McCabe was brilliantly converted into the bottom corner, giving Emily Mutch in goals for the Dons no chance to make the save.

Love then netted her second of the game as she converted an Abbi Grant ball across the 6 yard box, ensuring City a comfortable 4-0 advantage at the break.

With a strong lead, City boss Scott Booth ran the changes at the interval and on came Joanne Paton, Carla Boyce, Eilish McSorley and 15 year old Karsey McGlinchey. Personnel changed but the goals kept on coming for City as Boyce fired home 12 minutes after the restart. 

Another City Academy youngster was then introduced as Carly Girasoli came on for her first team debut to give City two 15 year olds on the pitch and six Academy graduates in total playing against the Dons. 

The influential Murray eventually got herself on the scoresheet with ten minutes remaining as she danced her way around the visitors defence before firing past Mutch. Joanne Paton then scored her first of the afternoon as she volleyed in City’s seventh goal and Murray made it an impressive eight for City converting a Leanne Ross cross.

City Head Coach, Scott Booth said, “We started a little sloppy if I am honest but settled into the game mid way through the first half and scored some good goals. We had some excellent attacking play at times and it was another great squad performance with four changes at half time and a fifth not long after. We got two Academy players on the pitch today at 15 years old which was very pleasing. However, the most important thing was three points and a clean sheet.”

City have only a few days recovery before they face Spartans this Wednesday at the Excelsior Stadium, Airdrie, 7.45pm.

​​​​​​​ City defeat Hibernian to go five point clear

Citys Abbi Grant holds off Kirsty Smith of Hibs.JPG

An excellent first half strike from Katie McCabe gave Glasgow City a crucial 1-0 win over Hibernian in the race to the Scottish Building Society Premier League title.

It was an outstanding first half display from City and the lead could have been more damaging for the visitors if it wasn’t for a couple of excellent saves from Jenna Fife in nets for Hibernian.

City started the match really strongly and it seemed only a matter of time before the chances created eventually resulted in a goal and when it came it was worth waiting for. McCabe, on loan from Arsenal had previously had an effort from the edge of the box only to see it expertly saved by Fife but this time the Hibs keeper could do nothing to stop the Irish international captain firing into the bottom corner from a similar distance.

 

Hayley Lauder was also troubling the Hibernian keeper and Fife was called into action just after the half hour mark to tip a fine strike from Lauder over the cross bar.

After the break, Hibs came back into the game and had a great chance to equalise when Lucy Graham was played through on goal. Out rushed Lee Alexander to narrow the angle and the City stopper did what was needed as Graham lofted her effort over the cross bar.

McCabe tested Fife again with another good shot before Alexander had to make a double save to keep her side in front.

As the game wore on, City professionally saw the match to a close.

Overall it was a fast paced highly entertaining match from the nation’s two best sides. A great advert for the Scottish game.

Commenting, City Head Coach, Scott Booth said, “We were absolutely excellent in the first half and moved the ball really well and I thought we were more than deserving of our lead at half time. In the second half we played well as a unit and I am delighted with the performance and the three points.”

City now move five points clear in the League but Hibernian have a game in hand. The two sides will meet again on 12th November.

City are back in action as soon as this Sunday when they welcome Rangers to Petershill Park for a 4pm kick off. The team then fly out Monday morning for the long trip to Kazakhstan for their last 32 Champions League match against BIIK-Kazygurt. The return leg for that match is Thursday 12th October, 7.30pm at Petershill Park and tickets are on sale now via www.glasgowcityfc.co.uk

Joanne Paton signs from Hamilton Academical

Glasgow City are delighted to announce the signing of forward Joanne Paton from Hamilton Accies.

The striker who turned 23 last month, becomes City’s second signing during the mid season break following the capture of Katie McCabe on loan from Arsenal.

Commenting on his latest recruit, City Head Coach Scott Booth said, “Joanne is a player I have been a fan of for some time. She has proven ability while playing against us on many occasions and we are delighted that she has decided to join Glasgow City. We are looking forward to seeing her progress at the club.”

On moving to City, Paton said, “I am delighted to have been given the opportunity to play for Glasgow City. My first few sessions have been tough at times but I am very much enjoying the challenge of playing the constant high tempo football that I have experienced so far at each session. I fell that I am always learning at training and have already learnt a lot from Scott and the rest of the team. I am looking forward to getting started in the second half of the season and hopefully we can go on and win the League and the Scottish Cup.”

If you would like to sponsor Joanne, there are Gold, Silver, Bronze and Boot packages all available. All sponsorship goes directly to the player to assist with expenses. Email info@glasgowcityfc.co.uk for more information.

Paton goes straight into the City squad for the opening match of the second half of the season as the team face Hearts in the SSE Scottish Cup on Sunday at King Park, Dalkeith.

City sign Katie McCabe

Glasgow City are delighted to sign forward Katie McCabe on loan from FA Super League side Arsenal.

Republic of Ireland international McCabe will join City for the second half of the season and will meet up with her new team mates this week.

Glasgow City Head Coach, Scott Booth commented, “Katie is a player who has been on our radar for some time now and we are delighted that we can finally bring her to Glasgow City. Her technical ability, pace and vision will threaten any defence. We have some really competitive games to play in the 2nd half of the season and a player of her quality can be a match winner when things get tight. I would like to also thank Arsenal for helping to make this happen.”

21 year old Katie, who is no stranger to a number of the City players with three Irish internationals already in the Glasgow camp said, “I'm really excited to be joining Glasgow City on a loan move. It's a great opportunity for me to work with such a successful women's club and one with a great history. I'm really looking forward to the rest of the season and I can't wait to help the team try and win even more trophies.”

“We haven’t shown what we are capable of.” – Hayley Lauder

by Leuan Lvett

City midfielder Hayley Lauder has insisted that Scotland are yet to show their class at the 2017 Women’s EURO.

Scotland face Spain in their final group stage match; they still stand a slim chance of qualifying for the quarter finals. 

Speaking ahead of the game, Lauder explained: “We will do ourselves justice, we haven’t showed what we are capable of yet. This is tournament football and you don’t get second chances.”

Scotland are yet to collect a point from their two group matches against England and most recently, Portugal. However, Scotland will qualify for the next round if they beat Spain by a two-goal margin and if England beat Portugal. 

Lauder spoke on the tournament layout: “There is definitely optimism around the camp. Look at some of the other groups and some are already concluded before the final matches. We are still in a good position even though we haven’t had the best start and the fact we aren’t out of it yet is what we were looking for.”

The 27-year-old suffered a minor hamstring tear in a warm up match to the tournament against Ireland. Rather miraculously, Lauder featured in Scotland’s recent match against Portugal, much to her delight: 

“It was absolutely amazing. When I got injured against Ireland I was thinking the worst. A hamstring tear isn’t the best-case scenario when time isn’t on your side. The rehab has gone really well and was privileged to get some minutes.”

Lauder is one of five City players representing Scotland at the 2017 Women’s EURO. Lauder expressed her pride for both her and her club team-mates:

“It’s so good to see Glasgow City represented. Glasgow have always had good representation within the squad but it’s even better at a major tournament. From a Glasgow City point of view, it just shows the strength of the club and that we are really pushing forward.”

Looking onto the next match, Lauder said: “Spain will definitely be the most important match of our careers. We did come here to take each game at a time. England was originally seen as the biggest game but now we still have a chance of qualifying and getting out the group then the importance has now shifted to this.”