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Strong Irish contingent help Glasgow City to their 11th Scottish league title in-a-row

Katie McCabe, Noelle Murray, Keeva Keenan and Savannah McCarthy were all involved.

Irish eye: Murray, Keenan, McCabe and McCarthy celebrate afterwards.
Irish eye: Murray, Keenan, McCabe and McCarthy celebrate afterwards.

GLASGOW CITY YESTERDAY lifted a remarkable 11th successive league title following a comprehensive 3-0 win over Hibernian.

With a game to spare, the Scottish kingpins had the title wrapped up within 25 minutes, each of the three goals coming in the opening exchanges.

Lauren McMurchie bagged the opener for the visitors at Ainslie Park, before both Abbi Grant and Hayley Lauder rattled the net within 60 seconds of each other.

Four Irish players — Katie McCabe, Noelle Murray, Keeva Keenan and Savannah McCarthy — ply their trade with City, and were instrumental on the day and throughout the season.

Ireland captain McCabe, as well as fellow former Shelbourne stars Murray and Keenan started yesterday, while McCarthy — who made the move across the water last year — was introduced from the bench.

“It feels incredible,” manager Scott Booth said afterwards.

“For the club to have won this title 11 times on the trot is incredible. It’ll be spectacular if anyone else achieves anything like this.”

Amazingly, the side’s captain Leanne Ross has been there for each and every one of the 11 titles.

“Amazing,” she smiled afterwards when asked how it felt.

“We obviously knew coming into the game today that if we got the three points then that was the title wrapped up. That was the aim, and I’m glad to see that we managed to achieve it.”

Glasgow are not finished yet though. With Champions League football secured again for next year, they still have a league fixture to fulfil and a Scottish Cup final to contest.

They’ll be eyeing the double as they face Hibs again in the decider on 26 November at Livingston’s Toni Macaroni Stadium.

Glasgow will likely be without some of their Irish contingent for that game however, as Colin Bell’s side face the Netherlands in a World Cup qualifier two days later, on 28 November.

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