Capital gains sees City beat Spartans 4-0 in Edinburgh

Capital gains sees City beat Spartans 4-0 in Edinburgh


An impressive performance in the Capital saw Glasgow City dismantle Spartans as they won 4-0 at Ainslie Park.


Goals from Hayley Lauder (12), Lauren Davidson (30 pen), Kerry Beattie (71) and Prischila Chinchilla (84) sealed all three points for the reigning champions.

Head coach Eileen Gleeson made only once change from last week’s win over Hamilton, introducing Julia Molin to the starting XI.

The first chance of the game would fall to Scotland international Lauder, as she nipped onto the end of an excellent cross from Davidson, but a deflection would take the shot wide. Claire Walsh would go even closer from the resulting corner, with her header clipping the crossbar.

It would be the skipper who would open the scoring though just moments later, when Aoife Colvill bravely nipped in between the ‘keeper to allow Lauder to turn and tap home from close range.

Spartans would almost reply instantly though when a terrific through ball allowed Becky Galbraith a clean run on goal, but brave goalkeeping from Lee Alexander allowed Walsh to scramble away to safety.

City almost had a second on the 25 minute mark when some great technique from Colvill saw her fire a half volley went agonisingly wide.

And Gleeson’s side would get the second on the half hour mark when Robyn McCafferty was adjudged to have fouled Davidson in the area and the free scoring winger made no mistake from 12 yards.

A neat move deep in the Spartans half almost saw Clare Shine thump a 25-yard drive into the bottom corner of Rachel Harrison’s net, but the home side were relieved to see it go wide.

The second half started with Ronaigh Douglas unlucky not to half the deficit when she fired a venomous drive at goal, but Alexander saved well.

It was then City’s turn to have an effort on goal as Davidson, who was causing a number of problems for the Spartans defence, almost grabbed her second, but her angled shot was dragged wide.

Half chances would come and go but, once again, it would be the introduction of new signing Beattie that would seal the points as blasted home from close range following a terrific Agata Filipa cross.

Beattie would almost have her second shortly after, when she made an intelligent run to the front post to meet Tyler Dodds’ ball, but the shot was just off target.

And it would be Priscilla Chincilla who added gloss to the result in the later stages, as Dodds picked up a superb assist that played her through, and the Costa Rican made no mistake.

The win put City back to the top of SWPL temporarily, and stretches their unbeaten league run in 21/22 to 13 games.

Spartans: Harrison, Clelland, McMahon, Ryan, Douglas, Marshall, Reynolds (McMahon 59), McQuillain (Gibb 59), McCafferty (Frew 80), Galbraith, Smart (Mason 62)

City: Alexander, Lauder, Walsh, Fulton (Farrelly 37), Shine (Dodds 79), Clark, Davidson, Agata Filipa, Colvill (Beattie 62), Molin, Chinchilla.

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