City hand Glasgow Women a midweek high five

City hand Glasgow Women a midweek high five

Ten player Glasgow City would ensure there was no let up at the top of the SWPL as they defeated basement side Glasgow Women 5-0 at The Reigart Stadium

A brace from Emily Whelan (30, 51) combined with strikes from Lauren Davidson (49), Claire Walsh (70) and Abbi Grant (87) would seal a comfortable night for Eileen Gleeson's side as they moved into second place.

The head coach would make just two changes to her starting XI as Grant replaced Hayley Lauder, while Erin Clachers was preferred in the nets.

As the league table would suggest, it was City who would begin the game the stronger, with Davidson unlucky to see her shot cannon off the post following a dangerous corner from Mairead Fulton.

An excellent effort from Grant just after the quarter of an hour mark would test Shannon Burgon in the Glasgow Women goal, and while Whelan would tap home, she would see it ruled offside.

Gleeson's side would continue to impress, and it would be Megan Foley who went closest next when her angled drive smashed off the crossbar as City began to camp in the home side's half.

Though on the half hour mark City would make a deserved break through, with the familiar name of Irish striker Whelan once again on the scoresheet when she tapped home on the line after a goalmouth scramble.

If the first half was frustrating, then the second half would start perfectly for City as they scored two goals in as many minutes.

The first came from free scoring Davidson, who's near post header did enough to creep into the goal, before Whelan grabbed her second shortly afterwards when she smashed home a half volley from close range.

Shortly afterwards, a rare furrow forward from the home side would result in defender Maikayla Moore being red carded.

The New Zealand international was originally booked for the offence, but the card was upgraded a straight red shortly afterwards after the linesman intervened as he informed the referee that he believed she was the last defender.

It didn't phase City though, substitute Walsh would add to their tally with her first touch as she nodded home at the far post.

The goal of the night would be the final one though.

Receiving the ball from out wide, Grant would control the ball wonderfully before rounding the goalkeeper and firing home despite the attention of two defenders on the line.

The game would end at five despite the away side's dominance, though both sides will do it once again as they face off in the Sky Sports SWPL Cup on Sunday afternoon.

Glasgow Women: Burgon, Wilson, Ramsay, Cunningham, Gallagher, McGuire, King, Boyes, Scott, Craig, Lyle.

City: Clachers, Foley, Clark, Moore, Muir (Prades Insa, 46), Fulton, Chinchilla, Kozak (Walsh, 69), Grant, Davidson (Monsiváis, 79), Whelan (Greening, 79)

Subs not used: Gibb, Noble, Gibson, Allie.

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