City kick off defence against United  

The Scottish Women’s Premier League campaign kicks off this Sunday, with Champions Glasgow City traveling north to take on newly promoted First Division winners Dundee United.

On paper, it seems like an ideal first game for the Champions, but United, who looked impressive in winning the First Division title last season, have also strengthened over the summer, and will prove a tough encounter for City.

City have retained their full squad from last year and have added further quality in the shape of Scotland Under 19 Captain Rachel Corsie. A student at Aberdeen University, Corsie’s capture highlights the pulling power of the League champions, something that delights City boss Peter Caulfield.

He said, “Getting Rachel was our number one aim this summer and we achieved that. She comes from Aberdeen and although it won’t be easy given the traveling, we are over the moon that she has decided to make a number of personal sacrifices in order to play for us. In an amateur sport, it can be difficult when distance becomes an obstacle. But truly talented players, with the right attitude and ambition, will always find a way to ensure they can play at the very highest level.”

Corsie comes into an already impressive City midfield and will no doubt play a big part for the Champions in their defence of the title.

Compared to Dundee United, the other newly promoted side, Boroughmuir Thistle, face a slightly less daunting task this Sunday, when they host Forfar in their first ever match at Premier League level and will be hoping to sneak a point or three.

The full Premier League fixtures are:
Aberdeen FCL v Celtic LFC, Dundee United SC v Glasgow City FC, FC Kilmarnock L v Spartans FC, Hamilton Academical v Hibernian LFC, Boroughmuir Thistle v Forfar Farmington FC, Queens Park FC v Raith Rovers LFC.

Article by Laura Montgomery, courtesy of the Evening Times