Classy Cork forward Clare Shine delivers a stunning cup final winner for Glasgow

Classy Cork forward Clare Shine delivers a stunning cup final winner for Glasgow
Glasgow City's Clare Shine goes close during the UEFA Women's Champions League round of 16 second leg match at Petershill Park. Picture: Jeff Holmes/PA Wire

DOUGLAS dynamo Clare Shine was the cup final hero for Glasgow City after her two goals snatched the trophy from holders Hibernians.

The Irish international soccer ace headed in the leveller at Tynecastle before weaving through and curling a stunning winner to make it 4-3 in the closing minutes. It the Scottish club's first cup success since 2015 and Shine was to the fore on that occasion as well, to the tune of a memorable hat-trick.

Last weekend's victory ended Hibs' three-year run of cup triumphs, and set a record for the largest crowd at a women's soccer game in Scotland: 3,123. 

Glasgow coach Scott Booth hailed Shine's brilliance: "We didn't start well, it took about 20 minutes to wake up. I felt like we could take it and the one player I was hoping would get the opportunity was Clare Shine.” 

City are still in the Champions League quarter-finals, retained the league and are also in the League Cup decider. They've won 13 leagues in a row and this is Shine's second stint at the powerhouse of the Scottish game.

Shine, 24, has always been one of Cork's most exciting multi-sport stars and lined out in an All-Ireland camogie final for the Rebels against Wexford back in 2012. She was always a gifted soccer player too and is one of a number of Leesiders excelling in the professional game.

Clare Shine getting an Evening Echo award from Eoghan Dinan. Picture: Denis Minihane.
Clare Shine getting an Evening Echo award from Eoghan Dinan. Picture: Denis Minihane.

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