Morton Women beat Dryburgh to win League Cup

Morton Women lifted their second piece of silverware in just three seasons of existence after winning the SWFL Division Two League Cup on Friday night.

The Ton ladies come out on top in the showpiece final played at Spartans’ Ainslie Park, beating Dryburgh Athletic 3-2 after extra-time.

Gary Forbes’ girls raced into a two-goal lead inside 10 minutes after Laura Darroch’s low cross was turned into her own goal by Aimee Robertson and Caitlin McKee scored with a strike from the edge of the box.

But they were pegged back by the Dundee outfit, who reduced the deficit on 35 minutes when Melissa Gormley found the net direct from a corner before an unfortunate Jordyn Elliot own goal levelled the scores.

However, the cup was won in dramatic fashion by a Darroch wonder goal from 30 yards right at the death as the Ton brought the trophy back to Greenock to add to their 2017 SWFL Division Two West title.

Head coach Forbes said: “We’re delighted. As a group it’s great to go and win a trophy. We probably made hard work of it but got there in the end and I’m thrilled for the girls to get over the line.

“We asked the girls to press high and be clinical in the final third, and they definitely were in the first 15 minutes. Then the wind prevailed and we stepped off the game a wee bit and let Dryburgh back into it.

“Dryburgh were great opponents and their goals were very good. The free-kick is a great strike and it’s just unlucky it’s hit Jordyn on the back and gone in. That’s just one of those things that can happen in football.

“I thought the momentum might have been with them, going into the first half of extra-time especially. But we did well to take back control and score a winner.

“We know Laura has that in the locker. She took a great touch, it’s a great hit – and to win a cup final in that manner is amazing.”

Matchwinner Laura added: “I’ve never been in a cup final before, so to go and win it is unreal. It was hard mentally after they made it 2-2. We could have folded, but we stayed tight at the back and held them off.

“Then I was lucky enough to score that winner. I knew I was going to shoot when it came to me, but I’m just so chuffed about the team winning, not about who scored the winner.”

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Image: Gary Bradley