COMMENTARY CORNER: 2019 - Top Three

COMMENTARY CORNER: 2019 - Top Three


Ahead of the big kick-off, GCFC TV commentator Stephen Bark takes a look back at his top three league games from season 2019.

 

Celtic 1-2 Glasgow City 14/4/19

It was early in the campaign, but this game epitomised the character and determination in the City squad as they looked for a 13th successive league title. To come from behind in an important away match and establish a five-point lead at the top of the table set the tone for the rest of the season.

Before Kathleen McGovern was sent off, the match could have gone either way but with the advantage in numbers, City sensed the opportunity, upped their game and dominated the match as Celtic looked to hold on.



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They got a bit of luck with the own goal, but it was nothing less than their play deserved and it was fitting that Clare Shine would find the winner given the hard work she’d put in on the night.

Glasgow City 3-0 Spartans 22/9/19

On the face of it, this looks like a routine home win against Spartans, but the opening goal was one of the moments of the season. No, it wasn’t one of those top drawer finishes that Hayley Lauder and Nicola Docherty et al are known for but it was a significant moment for one City youngster.

Lucy Sinclair had just made her City debut as a second half substitute in a 2-0 win against Rangers a few days before. Her performance that night was enough to earn her the nod from Scott Booth to lead the line with City just four wins away from clinching the league title.

In 16 minutes, a lovely move from Shine and Lauder saw the later roll the ball along the six yard box for the advancing Sinclair to stroke the ball home from close range. A moment for her to remember and a bit of City history too with Sinclair one the club’s youngest ever goal scorers.

Hibernian 1-3 Glasgow City 27/10/19

Matches against Hibs always have a bit of an edge to them, the two sides have dominated Scottish women’s football for last few years after all, and this one was no exception. City sealed the 2019 SWPL1 title a few days before and had a crucial Champions League tie with Brøndby four days later but Scott Booth’s team selection showed the intent to maintain their 100 per cent record in the league.

A tight first half ended with City edging the game after Clare Shine’s opener before City played some of their best football of the season at the start of the second half. They dominated Hibs in a way the Edinburgh side would rarely allow and could have had the points in the bag before Megan Foley eventually doubled the lead.

This game also highlighted City’s resilience as they staved off a Hibs fightback. Collette Cavanagh coming off the bench changed the dynamic in the home side and her header with 18 minutes to go left the game nicely poised going into the closing stages. Shannon McGregor would have put Hibs level had she not strayed offside before Jordan McLintock’s determination to burst through the Hibs defence and seal the win proved that this game anything but meaningless.

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