City defeat Hamilton

City head off to Europe tomorrow on the back of another win after defeating Hamilton 5-1 away from home in the Premier League.

City took the lead midway through the first half, after a free kick from Leanne Campbell was headed into the back of the net by midfielder Sue Lappin

After 45 minutes the score remained at 1-0 despite City going close on a number of occasions. Hamilton nearly pulled one back after a cross took a wicked deflection of Rachel Corsie, but Angie Livingstone in the City net was alert to the danger and pulled off a fine save.

In the second half City scored goal number two, again through Sue Lappin. A good lay off at the edge of the box was met superbly by Lappin who hit a powerful drive into the corner of the net. Lappin then turned down the chance of a hat-trick when midfielder Katharina Lindner was felled in the box for a City penalty. With Lappin declining to take the penalty, full back Leeanne Campbell stepped up to score past the Hamilton keeper to make it 3-0.

Next on the scoresheet was striker Ruesha Littlejohn, when she turned home a cut back from Lindner. Goal number 5 and the much awaited hat-trick for Lappin came with 15 minutes to go when an excellent free kick from Leanne Ross was only parried up in the air by the Hamilton keeper allowing Lappin to nod home. Lappin’s hat-trick and third goal of the day, made it 92 goals for the City midfielder in her 5 full seasons with the club, making her the all time top goalscorer for Glasgow City.

Over the full 90 minutes, City dominated the match and should have scored more. The only blight coming from lack of concentration in the back from Livingstone and Paterson, which allowed Hamilton to steal the ball and score an easy goal, giving them a consolation with ten minutes left.

City will now nurse a few injuries over the next few days in preparation for the first European match on Thursday, giving boss Peter Caulfield a few moments of concern. He said, “We were almost down to the bare bones today, with a number of players missing. Most notably Captain Laura Montgomery, who had to sit out with a hamstring strain, so hopefully she will make a quick recover. We had a few others carrying knocks, but the rest over the next few days and the attention of a full time physio, should mean we have a fully fit squad to choose from come Thursday’s opener against AZ Alkmaar.”