Second half strike from Whelan secures all three points

Second half strike from Whelan secures all three points

Emily Whelan's third goal in two games ensured Glasgow City picked up maximum points with a 2-1 win over Aberdeen at Petershill.

A first half own goal from Bayley Hutchinson (12) and a second half strike from Emily Whelan (69) meant Francesca Ogilvie's 62nd minute leveller for the visitors wasn't enough.

Head coach Eileen Gleeson brought in Abbi Grant, Clare Shine, Mairead Fulton and Meikayla Moore into the starting line, as four changes from Wednesday's win over Dundee United.

An it was City who started the stronger, with Shine testing Aaliyah-Jay Meach in the Dons goal after just two minutes.

Shortly afterwards, the lively Lauren Davidson almost scored a goal of the month contender, when she ghosted past her full back and smashed a 25-yard drive at Meach - but the Aberdeen stopper was equal to it again.

There was little she could do shortly afterwards when - so often the goal-scorer at the right end - Hutchinson unluckily nodded home a dangerous Megan Foley cross.

Hutchinson almost immediately made amends when she fired an angled shot at the City goal only to see it cannon back of the underside of Lee Gibson's bar.

On the half hour mark, Polish international Kinga Kozak long ranger looked destined for Meach's top corner - but once again the Aberdeen goalkeeper made an excellent save to tip around the bar.

Kozak would also go close again just before the break after excellent hold up play from Shine.

The second period would see City start where they left off, with Abbi Grant inches away from curling a perfect drive into the corner.

However, a mistake at the back shortly afterwards would cost City, with Hutchinson running clear through on goal. Gibson made an excellent first save, but Ogilvie bundled home from close range.

It didn't take long for City to go back in the lead though, when a delightful back heel from defender Clark played substitute Emily Whelan through on goal - and she made no mistake from close range.

Chances were sparse from there on in, but City managed to hold their lead as the minutes trickled away to take home a much needed three points.

Match Information
Team Lines:
Glasgow City: Gibson (c), Muir (Bora, 74), Fulton, Shine, Clark, Davidson, Grant (Greening, 65), Kozak, Moore (Walsh, 68), Chinchilla (Whelan, 45), Foley.

Aberdeen: Meach, Campbell, Urqhaart, Broadrick, Paterson, Shore, Hutchinson, Collins (Gover, 80), Stewart, Christie (Oglivie, 45), Kakkainen

Glasgow City: Own Goal 12, Whelan 69

Aberdeen: Ogilvie 62

Referee: Ryan Kennedy

Stadium: Petershill Park

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