Report by Paul Elliott
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.
Another youngster making the most of her run out in the cup was Kodie Hay, and she scored her first goal for City on the cusp of half time. She blasted a powerful shot from the edge of the box which the keeper couldn’t keep out. 15-0.
As the half time whistle sounded the champions were averaging a goal every three minutes.
Shortly after the restart, Coakley scored her first senior goal for City through a well-directed powerful header from a Ross corner. Coakley then doubled her tally when she scored again minutes later via a tap-in from another Ross corner. 17-0.
Cuthbert bagged her second through a well placed header after good work by Kodie Hay on the right. Then Cuthbert secured her hat trick through a long range right foot bullet into the bottom left corner. 19-0.
The goals kept coming and Ross dribbled through the EK defence once again before tapping home to make it 20-0. City’s 21st of the game came through an OG after the creative Brogan Hay did well on the left. The talented winger then bagged her hat trick soon after to make it 22-0.
Ross scored her eighth of the game through a low drive into the net, then Cuthbert scored with a shot from the edge of the box to make it 24-0.
Player of the Match Ross secured an incredible triple hat trick through a powerful shot that the EK keeper just couldn’t keep out. 25-0.
Crilly completed the scoring when she bagged her hat trick as full time drew near. Crilly let fly a left foot rocket which burst into the roof of the net from the edge of the box. 26-0.
The defending champions couldn’t have been more convincing and progress into the next round of the Scottish Cup in frightening fashion.