Patient City defeat Thistle to take the spoils in Petershill derby

Patient City defeat Thistle to take the spoils in Petershill derby


A goal in either half was enough for Glasgow City this afternoon, as they beat a stubborn Partick Thistle 2-0 ‘away’ at Petershill.

Goals from Jenna Clark (28) and Aoife Colvill (85) ensured City would end the year on a high with three richly deserved points.

Head coach Eileen Gleeson drafted in Megan Foley, Vital Kats and Erin Clachers to the starting XI as she shuffled her pack ahead of the Christmas break.

And it was Israeli international Kats who would go closest, when her fierce drive from the edge of the area was palmed wide by Lauren McGregor just before the ten minute mark.

Priscila Chinchilla would go close moments later too, as her powerful drive flashed wide of the Thistle post with City pushing for the early opener.

A dominant first half hour would pay dividends when hard work from Colvill won City a corner. An inviting ball from Hayley Lauder was then met by Jenna Clark who nodded beyond McGregor to break the deadlock.

After the break, Kats once again went close with a direct free-kick 20 yards from goal, as City continue to dictate the pace of the game.

And the summer would go close once again shortly afterwards, hitting a snap shot and forcing a great save from McGregor in the home goal.

Colvill was the next to go close when she tried to toe poke the ball beyond the ‘keeper after being threaded through by Julia Molin.

A rare furrow forward from the ‘home’ side saw Claire Docherty beat the offside trap to go clear on goal, but she’ll have been disappointed not to have test Clachers in the City goal.

With 20 minutes left on the clock, neat football from City saw Irish international Colvill with another great opportunity, but her well struck effort was once again palmed away by the Thistle stopper.

Chincilla almost sealed the win ten minutes from time with a fabulous run that saw her shot fizz centimetres wide of the post

With City pushing for the clincher, Kats again went close, but her drive took a deflection off a Thistle defender and trickled agonisingly wide.

McGregor was called into action again in the final minutes when Niamh Farrelly connected well to Lauder’s corner.

Thankfully, the second would finally come for City with just five minutes left on the clock through Colvill, who latched onto an excellent cross from Agata Filipa and did enough for to fire behind the ‘keeper for her ninth of the season.

Colvill could have had had another in the dying seconds of the game too, but the outstanding McGregor somehow blocked her close range shot.

The win puts City back to the top of the league temporarily, with Rangers playing later in the day, and pushes their unbeaten league run in the SWPL to 11 games.

Thistle: McGregor, Slater, Murphy, Falconer, Docherty, Dalziel, Macdonald, Bulloch, McBrearty, McGowan, Christie.

City: Clachers, Lauder, Walsh, Kats, Clark (Agata Filipa, 53), Davidson (Dodds, 72), Farrelly, Colvill, Molin, Chinchilla (Fulutudilu, 90), Foley.

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