City see off Hibs to begin title defence with victory

City see off Hibs to begin title defence with victory


Glasgow City 3

Oscarsson 10
Lauder 75
Davidson 90

Hibernian 0


Glasgow City would begin their defence of the SWPL title with a comfortable 3-0 win over Hibernian this afternoon at Petershill Park.

Strikes from Anna Oscarsson (10), Hayley Lauder (75) and Lauren Davidson (90) would cement the win as Hibs saw goalkeeper Katie Fraine sent off.

With Claire Walsh suspended, head coach Leanne Ross opted to start Meikayla Moore alongside Kenzie Weir, who would make her competitive City debut alongside fellow summer recruits Cori Sullivan and Brenna Lovera.

And Lovera almost opened the scoring in the opening two minutes when she was played through on goal but Hibs goalkeeper Fraine did well to thwart her.

The American would go close again minutes later when her header was cleared off the line by Ellis Notley, however, City would have the lead from the resulting corner as Swedish full back Oscarsson nodded home from close range.

The away side would be reduced to 10 players just after 20 minutes when the impressive Lovera was wiped out by goalkeeper Katie France just as she went to round her and score. Davidson would go close with the free kick.

City would be handed a golden opportunity to double their lead midway through the first half when Moore was fouled in the area but substitute goalkeeper Nina Wilson would save Lauren Davidson's spot kick superbly.

It was the home side who would continue to dominate though goalkeeper Lee Gibson had to be alert on the stroke of half time when she palmed away an excellent drive from Notley.

Lovera found herself involved once after the half time break when she tested Wilson with a smart drive that was tipped wide, while Mairead Fulton almost scored an early goal of the season contender that was clawed out of the top corner by Wilson superbly.

City would seal it with 15 minutes go thanks to a sumptuous strike from the captain who riffled home from the edge of the area to double the lead with a fine volley and last season's league top scorer Davidson would add a deserved third with a late driven free kick.

City: Gibson, Oscarsson, Weir, Moore (Foley 80), Muir, Fulton, Kozak (Gambone 87), Lauder, Davidson, Sullivan (Forrest 63), Lovera (Whelan 80).

Hibernian: Fraine, Christie, Baucom, Eddie, Ferguson (Nunn 78), Adams (Livingston 78), McGregor, Notley, Murray, Bowie (Wilson 21), Lawson.

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