Three goals and three points at Ainslie Park

Three goals and three points at Ainslie Park


By Craig Edwards

Glasgow City made it six wins from six in the Scottish Building Society SWPL1 season with a 3-1 victory over Spartans at Ainslie Park.

Goals from Leanne Ross, Zaneta Wyne and an own goal secured the points while Becky Galbraith got one back for the home side.

City arrived in the capital aiming to continue their 100% record this season and both sides started brightly in the Edinburgh sunshine.

The hosts had early chances through Galbraith before Erin Clachers had to make a terrific diving save to keep the scorelines level from an effort from the edge of the box.

Despite Spartans bright start, City were given the opportunity to break the deadlock when Nicole Robertson was bundled over inside the box and Ross calmly slotted the ball home from the spot.

Spartans looked dangerous on the counter attack while City had a few corners that were unable to threaten the Spartans goal and it was the visitors that would strike next.

A great piece of play by City was started by Wyne who drove forward and after a quick one two with Aoife Colvill, she fired the ball low past Rachel Harrison and into the bottom corner.

Spartans fought back at the start of the second half when Galbraith tapped home after Mason’s ball across the face of goal.

City responded only three minutes later with a touch of fortune. Lauren Wade’s cross was deflected off McAlonie and the ball flew up into the air before nestling in the far corner of the Spartans net.

The visitors continued to search for more goals with Sharon Wojcik having a strike go just wide of the post following a corner that Spartans couldn’t clear properly while Lauren Davidson was denied by the leg of Harrison later on.

City controlled possession but Spartans still looked like posing a threat on the counter attack but City did well to deny the home side any time they did go forward and in the end, the points headed back to Glasgow.

City are next action in midweek when they head to the Czech Republic to face Sparta Praha in the first leg of the UEFA Women’s Champions League Round of 32.

Our last match in the SWPL before the winter break is next Sunday at home to second placed Rangers.

SPARTANS: Harrison, Mason (Reynolds, 79), Clelland, S.McMahon (Gibb, 71), D.McMahon, McAlonie, Douglas, Marshall (Moulton, 79), McCafferty, Galbraith, Smart (McKay, 52). Subs not used: Yates, Beveridge, Frew

GLASGOW CITY: Clachers, Wyne, Love, Fulton, Toland, Clark (Crichton, 46), Wojcik (Lauder, 66), Ross (Foley, 46), Colvill (Davidson, 57), Wade, Robertson (Shine, 46). Subs not used: Alexander

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