By Craig Edwards
A brand new era begins this Sunday as the new look Scottish Women’s Premier League gets underway as we welcome Spartans to Petershill Park.
City open the new SWPL campaign at home as Eileen Gleeson begins her first full season in charge at Petershill Park. Sunday’s match kicks off at 1pm with tickets available by clicking here.
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Spartans are the first visitors to Glasgow this season as they look to build on their sixth place finish last season. Debbi McCulloch has made five signings in the summer including former City player Mya Bates, along with Ria McCafferty from Hibernian, Hannah Robinson and Hannah Jordan from Rangers and former St Johnstone captain Nicola Jamieson.
The Edinburgh side recorded a league high ten draws last season but reached the semi finals of the SWPL Cup and will present a tough test for City on the opening day.
Spartans haven’t won an SWPL match on the opening day of the season since 2016.
An aggregate score of 24-1 in City’s favour last season doesn’t tell the full story of last year’s five meetings between the sides. A 4-1 victory in the SWPL Cup group stage was followed by a 9-0 victory in the first league meeting of the season between the sides in October which saw City go three up within the first 15 minutes.
Eileen Gleeson’s first match in charge was the SWPL Cup semi final at Forthbank Stadium where a second half double from Priscila Chinchilla and a Hayley Lauder strike was enough to secure victory before two 4-0 victories at Ainslie Park in 2022 completed a clean sweep of victories for City against Spartans.
Spartans last victory over City was a 3-0 win in 2016.
Spartans only won one of their last seven matches at the end of the 2021-22 campaign, however, did face City, Celtic and Rangers during that period with their victory coming in the final game of the season against Hamilton Academical. They’ve also only lost one of their last five away matches.
City only won one of our last four games in all competitions with two goalless away draws sandwiching a home victory over Aberdeen with the final game of the season being the extra time defeat to Celtic.
SWPL Fixtures this weekend:
Glasgow City v Spartans (13:00)
Hearts v Partick Thistle (15:00)
Hamilton Academical v Aberdeen (16:00)
Rangers v Glasgow Women (16:00)
Celtic v Hibernian (16:10)