City go two points clear with convincing win over Partick Thistle

City go two points clear with convincing win over Partick Thistle

Glasgow City would go two points clear at the top of the Scottish Women's Premier League after a convincing 4-1 win over an in-form Partick Thistle at Petershill.

Kinga Kozak (17 pen), Emily Whelan (37), Abbi Grant (43) Bea Prades Insa (47) would hand City the win, with a Chloe Warrington own goal (45) giving Thistle a consolation.

Head coach Eileen Gleeson introduced Warrington, Grant and Prades Insa to her starting line-up, with skipper Jo Love included on the bench for the first time since October 2021.

It was Whelan who would be first to test Khym Ramsay in the Thistle goal, but her shot was easily gathered by the goalkeeper.

Megan Foley then went even closer after cutting in and firing a long drive at goal, however Ramsay would manage to tip over well.

City would take the lead after 17 minutes through Kozak though, when the Polish international dispatched a perfect penalty after the referee pointed to the spot for a hand ball.

And Foley could have doubled the lead seconds later when she fired just wide after a Whelan cross.

City would double their lead on 37 minutes through when the tireless Whelan smashed home from close range following excellent play from Prades Insa.

Grant would complete an excellent first half for the 'away' side when she added a third on the stroke of half time, heading home Fulton's corner from close range.

However, Thistle would grab one back from a corner of their own right on the half time whistle when a deflected effort hit Warrington and hit the top corner.

The second half would see City almost instantly restore their three goal lead through when Prades Insa finished superbly after being teed up by Whelan in the area.

It would take the sting out of the game a little, though Walsh would once again go close from a corner that almost looped beyond Ramsay in the home goal.

Brian Graham's side would almost grab a second goal late when a goal mouth scramble forced a combination of Jenna Clark and Lee Gibson to clear.

The result means Gleeson's side are the first team to open up a lead at the top of the SWPL this season ahead of next weekend's game against an improving Hibs side.

Thistle: Ramsay, Slater, McCulloch, Falconer, McGowan (McLintock 58) Donaldson (Terry 58), Taylor (Bulloch 78), Henderson (Canavan 68), Adams, Ferguson.

City: Gibson, Warrington, Muir, Walsh, Fulton, Prades Insa (Allie 87), Whelan (Martin 48), Clark, Grant (Noble 87), Kozak (Gibb 73), Foley (Forrest 46)

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