Lauder super strike helps City on their way to three points

Lauder super strike helps City on their way to three points


A goal in each half secured three points for Glasgow City as they defeated Partick Thistle 2-0 in the Petershill Park derby this afternoon.

Goals from Hayley Lauder (32) and substitute Lauren Davidson (55) secured the win on a sunny afternoon at the Peasy.

There was just one City change from last weekend’s win over Celtic, as Kerry Beattie replaced Ode Fulutudilu in the starting XI.

The first chance of game would come in the eight minute when Jenna Clark’s header almost sneaked into the bottom corner, but Thistle’s McCulloch was there to clear before Fulton’s long range effort cleared the bar.

A mix up at the back allowed Donaldson to roam free and test Lee Alexander, but the Scottish international was equal to it.

Neat play between Lauder and Beattie almost presented Tyler Dodds with a chance at goal, but she couldn’t angle her shot towards goal.

Sustained City pressure would tell though just after the half hour mark when Lauder curled home a 25 yard free kick expertly beyond Lauren Grant after Dodds was fouled on the edge of the D.

A half time changed almost pay immediate dividends when a right wing cross from Dodds was flicked on by substitute Fulutudilu, but Grant made a great near post save to prevent City’s second.

Lauder almost pulled off the spectacular moments later when, back to goal, she performed a serial a ‘keepy uppys’ before spinning to smash a volley at goal which forced Grant into another great save.

On 53 minutes, the ‘away’ side thought they had levelled the scores when Chloe McCulloch has the ball in the back of the net, but the linesman waved offside before the celebrations could begin.

And they would come to rue that decision, as substitute Lauren Davidson tapped home from Fulutudilu’s cut back with her first touch of the ball.

Davidson would come close to a second when she was played through on goal by Vital Kays, but once again Grant was equal to it.

Kats was involved once again when she played a sumptuous ball through to Davidson who in turn crossed for Lauder, but her close range shot was blocked magnificently by Thistle. Lauder had a second stab at goal but saw it sail agonisingly wide.

Good work by Dodds then looked to have draw as penalty as the game drew to a close, but the referee waved play on.

The win keeps City at the top of the SWPL ahead of next week’s game at home to bottom of the table Hamilton.

City: Alexander, Lauder, Walsh, Fulton, Shine (Davidson, 53), Beattie (Fulutudilu, 46), Clark, Molin, Chinchilla (Kats, 68), Foley, Dodds.

Thistle: Grant, Murphy (Slater, 65), McCulloch, Falconer, McGowan, Taylor (Fleming, 65), McDonald, Bulloch (Hogg, 65), Donaldson (Anderson, 75), Hammill, Fisher (Docherty, 53)

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