20 out of 20 for super City
Glasgow City defeated Hamilton 5-0 in the SWPL to end the season with an outstanding 100% record of 20 League games played and 20 wins achieved, scoring a phenomenal 136 goals and conceding only 6. Hopefully this will help build City’s spirits as they prepare to face German giants Turbine Potsdam in the return leg of the UEFA Women’s Champions League last 16 at Petershill Park on Thursday.
City’s goal scoring got off and running with the help of an own goal as Laura Murray turned the ball into the back of her own net as Lisa Evans sent in a viscous ball across the 6 yard box within the first five minutes of the match.
Jo Love almost doubled City’s lead moments later. Evans tore down the left hand side before setting up Love at the edge of the box and the Scotland and City midfielder hit a great shot, which came back off the cross bar and away to safety. Love had another chance soon after when her run into the box was found by Amy McDonald, but Love shot straight at keeper Elaine Fleming in the Hamilton nets.
City’s Ciara Barnes was next to try her luck when she struck from distance, but her effort just escaped the keepers right hand post.
Accies then had a chance of their own when Laura Williamson in goals for City saved a shot from Ashley McDonald, which fell to Caroline Richardson, but the young striker shot wide under pressure at the back post.
Fleming who was looking in excellent form, tipped over a shot from Barnes after having already saved from Evans. The Accies keeper was soon in action again, this time turning an Evans shot from distance around the post for a City corner.
Before the 20 minute mark City had a penalty when Lisa Evans was bundled over in the box by Murray. Evans dusted herself down before stepping up to take the spot kick, which Fleming saved well to keep her side in the game.
Emma Woolley almost scored for the home side with a header, before full back Emma Mitchell showed the way to goal with a thunderous strike from 25 yards into the back of the net to make it 2-0.
It was 3-0 to City before half time. Leanne Ross had a shot well saved by Fleming, which Eilish McSorley pounced upon, only to find Fleming in form again to save her effort. However it was third time lucky for City, when Evans finally put the ball over the line.
Half time 3-0.
City stepped up a gear in the second half and great play by Kat Lindner down the left set up Emma Fernon for a shot from the edge of the box, which just missed the top right hand corner. The home side were now looking a lot more fluid in attack and it seemed only a matter of time before they hit number four and it came courtesy of Jo Love. A delightful chip over the Accies defence by Leanne Ross, set up Love with only Fleming to beat and the City star lofted the ball over the keeper to score.
Further shots from Fernon and Danica Dalziel all went wide of the target, before good play once more by Lindner set up Leanne Ross to strike from the edge of the box, with her shot coming back off the cross bar.
Jane Ross rounded the keeper, but shot wide under pressure from Katie Reilly as she tried to put City further ahead. The same player almost scored again seconds later, but Fleming made another excellent save to push the ball out for a corner. Leanne Ross had a shot from distance which Fleming got a hand to before City finally made it 5-0 when Lindner beat the full back and whipped in a great ball across the 6 yard box for Dalziel to fire into the back of the net.
Full time 5-0.
Commenting on his side’s win, City Head Coach, Eddie Wolecki Black said, “To go 20 League games and finish with 20 wins is quite incredible, never mind letting in only 6 goals all season. Every single player in our squad has played a huge part in this achievement and they should all be very proud of what they have done. We now look forward to our last 16 Champions League game and the Scottish Cup Final.”
Glasgow City v Turbine Potsdam - round of last 16 UEFA Women's Champions League
THIS THURSDAY - 10th November
Petershill Park 6.05pm
Tickets: Adults £5, Children £2.