Women's Football

Glasgow City named Team of the Year

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Glasgow City club manager Laura Montgomery described winning the 'Team of the Year' award as "An incredible honour."
Scotland's top women's team scooped the prize at the sportscotland Scottish Sports Awards, sponsored by the Sunday Mail.

The awards are Scotland’s showpiece event to celebrate all levels of sporting success across the nation and brought together some of the most famous faces in sport for the glittering night at the Thistle Hotel in Glasgow.

Hosted by Sky Sports presenter Jim White the evening was a fantastic celebration of sport.

Glasgow City’s continued dominance of the domestic game and in particular the record breaking achievement of winning two trebles in a row, combined with reaching the last 16 in the Champions League, convinced the judges that City are Scotland’s Team of the Year for 2013.

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Megan Sneddon named Players' Player of the Year at Scottish Women's Awards

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Megan Sneddon has been named The Scottish Sun Players' Player of the Year at the 2013 Ladbrokes Scottish Women’s Football Awards.

The Rangers midfielder lifted the top award at the fifth annual awards ceremony at Hampden Park, after topping the four-strong short-list of players, voted for by fellow players across the divisions in Scotland.

Sneddon’s Rangers team mate Natalie Ross, Glasgow City’s Suzanne Lappin, and Marie McGuinness of Queens Park were also nominated.

Sneddon, who lifted the International Player of the Year award in 2011, said:

“This is just so unexpected, I’m absolutely delighted.  It means a lot to win any award, but this one is extra special because you are being recognised by your fellow players.

“I would like to thank everyone who voted for me. I’m part of a great squad at Rangers, so thanks also go to my team mates, our head coach Angie Hind, and all of the staff at the club.”

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Women's Scottish Cup Final: Glasgow City v Hibernian

Written by Maureen McGonigle.

On Sunday Hibernian and Glasgow City will contest the 2013 SWF Scottish Cup final at Broadwood Stadium, Cumbernauld. Both clubs have won the competition on five occasions and on Sunday one team will create history by getting their hands on the famous trophy with a record-breaking sixth success.

Glasgow City are the current holders of the trophy having defeated Forfar Farmington 1-0 in last season's final and can become the first club to win the Scottish Cup in three successive seasons. To do so they will have to overcome a young Hibernian side that have achieved their highest league finish since 2007/2008 by finishing runners-up in this term's Scottish Women's Premier League.
Lisa Robertson, here in Hibs shirt, will face her old teammates on Sunday

Glasgow City Head Coach, Eddie Wolecki Black, hopes his side can end another hugely successful campaign by completing the domestic treble.
He said: “I believe it is fitting that we are playing Hibs on Sunday as they have been the strongest challengers to us all season and the national cup final deserves to be competed for by the two best sides.

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Women's football: It's just a game...

Written by Eilidh Roe.

There are certain things in this world which really grind my gears.

A few of them include; people who don’t indicate, trains being delayed, prices of trains, train conductors and in fact just trains in general.

However, my number one gripe is when people (mainly those who have no keen interest) say football is just a game. Whether I’ve just lost with the Colts or I’ve had to endure (a rare) Celtic defeat, it is THE worst thing you could ever say to me.

Now, I’m not saying that football is a matter of life and death and I’m well aware that there are some things that come before football (not a lot mind you, but there are a few). However, I believe the feeling you get when your team win an important game is one of the best there is, enhanced if you’ve had a good performance.

Unfortunately, ‘it’s just a game’ is a phrase I heard more than once during the second half of this season. Having finished up for the summer interval sitting in the top three and in contention for promotion, it’s fair to say that we Colts didn’t replicate our impressive early season form. A cup defeat to a team in the lower leagues, losing our unbeaten home record and failing to secure fourth place took a little bit of the shine off our year.

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UWCL: Arsenal 3-0 Glasgow City

Written by Laura Montgomery.

It is strong advantage Arsenal as they Gunners defeated Glasgow City 3-0 in the first leg of the last 16 of the UEFA Women’s Champions League at The Hive, Barnet.

It was always going to be difficult for the Scottish Champions with Arsenal 17-1 favourites with the bookies before the match and the former Champions League winners showed their quality throughout the game.

Captain Steph Houghton gave Arsenal the lead on 14 minutes when she headed home from close range after an Arsenal corner.

Danielle Carter made it 2-0 for the home side just before the break. Arsenal were given a free chance to cross after a throw in and Carter turned and fired home from 5 yards out to give her side a two goal cushion at half time.

Carter was on the score sheet again, less than 15 minutes after the re-start as she headed into the back of the net from inside the 6 yard box after a long high ball to the back post was headed into the danger area by White.
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Women's Football - The Evolution

Written by Stacey Topley.

On 8th July  2013 the FA celebrated 20 years of running women’s football. However when you consider that the FA was founded in 1862 and the first women’s football match was in 1895 it is clear to see that they have had a lot to contend with over the past years.

After 26 years of women’s football, including international games and an attendance of 53,000 to watch Dick, Kerr’s ladies on Boxing Day, the FA banned women from playing on Football League grounds saying: “…the game of football is quite unsuitable for females and ought not to be encouraged.”

However, this did not stop Dick, Kerr’s Preston Ladies F.C. from playing. They had to seek out more obscure and unconventional locations but they still had an average of 5,000 attendees at their matches throughout the 1930s, including games against Edinburgh Ladies.

In 1969 representatives from 44 women’s football clubs formed together and with the help of Arthur Hobbs and Patricia Gregory the Women’s FA was founded, originally named the Ladies FA of Great Britain.

Just two years after the WFA was formed, the FA lifted the ban and finally allowed women to play on the grounds of affiliated football clubs,  which enabled the first WFA Cup final and the first official women’s international to be held in Britain, whereby England beat Scotland 3-2.

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Kevin Murphy delighted to set up Hutchison Vale cracker

Written by Colette Carr.

Hamilton set up a potential “best of the bottom six” clash after beating closest rivals Forfar Farmington 2-1.

Caroline Heron cancelled out Gillian Inglis’ early opener, but Carolina Richardson’s late winner secured the points to leapfrog last year’s league runners up Farmington.

The win won’t mean anything however unless Accies can beat Hutcy Vale in the last game of the season.

Manager Kevin Murphy was delighted with the application and result, despite the nerves throughout the close game.
Hamilton and Forfar do battle. Pic courtesy of Forfar Farmington

He said: “It was a really hard fought game, we knew it would be before we even kicked a ball today, and it proved to be the case.

“I thought we started really well in the game and obviously credit to Forfar they came out particularly in the second half and put us under a lot of pressure and got their goal but we thought it was a real team effort today and really glad that we got the win.

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Leanne Ross: Home crowd spurred Glasgow City on

Written by Danny Collins.

GLASGOW City star Leanne Ross praised the home support for roaring City into a Champions League tie with Arsenal.
First half goals from Suzanne Mulvey and Denise O'Sullivan followed by a stunning Sarah Crilly strike sealed a 3-1 win over Belgian cracks Standard Liege.
A late consolation goal from Tessa Wulleaert wasn't enough for the visitors at a rain soaked Petershill Park, in front of a raucous crowd of just under 1,000.
Ross told The Away End: “It’s obviously great to have your friends and family there but to have that even bigger crowd tonight - just the noise, it gives you a wee bit more energy, especially in the latter stages where we’re getting a wee bit tired.

"It just kind of lifts us and keeps us going which was great so we just thank everybody who came out tonight especially on a horrible night like this.”
Sarah Crilly watches her second half strike seal a 3-1 win. Pic by Andy Buist
City went into the game with the advantage of two away goals after the 2-2 draw last week, but Ross said her side never felt they were in control until the second leg.

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