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Dundee Utd lifted the SWFL League Cup on Sunday after a convincing 6-0 win over close rivals Dalkeith Ladies at New Bayview, home of East Fife.
In what again was a great advert for the women's game, United's had six different players on the scoresheet and had it not been for Dalkeith keeper Lynsey Wright, United easily could have added a few more goals to their tally.
Dalkeith started the match the brighter of the two teams. In what was a slow start to the game, Dalkeith's football was easy on the eye as they passed the ball around nicely without making any inroads on the United goal. The first fifteen minutes of the match was played at a slow tempo with both teams adjusting to the large park and also the skiddy surface. It was obvious the game needed a goal and United took the lead on 18 minutes. Some nice play down the right wing involving Cat Gallagher and Laurie Denney ended up with the ball being played into Debbie Johnson, who coolly turned and slotted the ball into the corner of the net for her first goal of the season.
The tempo of the game instantly increased and United added a second on the half hour mark. A corner into the box from Hughes was half cleared, it fell back to Hughes and her effort smashed off the bar, landed at Laura Boag whose header was cleared off the line by the Dalkeith defence but Tammy Harkin smashed the ball into the net to give United a two-goal lead.
Ten minutes of constant pressure from United and Dalkeith had to thank goalkeeper Wright for the saves she made and keeping them in the match. A free kick into the box from Harkin was met by Gallagher and her header was somehow saved by Wright from point blank range and cleared. Then it was Boag who had a shot from five yards, again which was somehow saved by Wright. Denney and Boag also had chances to add to United's lead but somehow the score stayed at two.
It came as no surprise when United added a third on 41 minutes. A corner into the box from Harkin, not the first to cause problems in the Dalkeith defence, was met by Boag and her header soared into the top corner of the net to give United a 3-0 half time lead.
United knew that Dalkeith would come out after half time and try and get back into the game. This proved to be the case and Dalkeith started the second half at a high tempo, obviously buoyed on by Pauline McDonald's half time team talk. The next goal was going to be the pivotal and it was United who added a fourth ten minutes into the second half. Gallagher played in Boag and as she came in from the right, tried to take the ball round Wright in the Dalkeith goal, who got a hand to the ball and put Boag off, but her cheeky back heel landed at the feet of Denney and she tucked the ball into the empty net for United's fourth.
United went again and tried to add a fifth to their tally. McCully raced down the left wing and her cross was met by Gallagher but somehow Wright in the Dalkeith goal got down to her right and kept the ball out of the net. McCully and Harkin had further chances to score but for some brave defending by Dalkeith, the score remained at four.
However a fifth was added with twelve minutes to go. Denney raced clear and her attempt was blocked by Wright but the ball landed at the feet of Sam Milne whose cool chip landed in the net for United's fifth.
United's sixth came with five minutes remaining. McCully and Broadie linked down the left wing and Broadie's cross was missed by everyone but Gallagher at the back post where she took a touch and smashed the ball high into the net over the head of Wright to give Gallagher her first goal since the opening day of the season.
The referee brought the game to an end not long after and put United's name on the trophy for the second time in three years (as Lochee United in 2005-06).
Dundee United manager Mary McDonald was absolutely delighted in her sides performance and praised every single player after the game, saying: "I am very proud of all the players today. Their work rate was fantastic and after not sleeping last night because I was so nervous, I'll definitely sleep well tonight after a few small ones later on."
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