City draw with Celtic

Image by Tommy Hughes

Image by Tommy Hughes

Glasgow City and Celtic locked horns for the first time this season with the points shared in an entertaining 1-1 draw at K Park.

Both sides had attempts on goal from free kicks in the opening minutes, but chances were few and far between before Celtic’s Natalie Ross ghosted into the City box unmarked to prod home the opening goal.

Megan Cunningham in nets for Celtic did well to deny a powerfully hit shot by City’s Lauren Silver and to stop a drive from Savannah Jordan as City looked to hit back. For the home side, Ruesha Littljohn came close to extending her side’s lead as she sent a half volley from distance on goal, which City’s Lee Alexander was relieved to see land on the roof of her net. 

It was a much improved Glasgow City in the second half and Cunningham produced the save of the match to expertly deny a shot from the outside of the right boot from Jordan after she had turned the Celtic defence at the edge of the box.

As the half progressed, City continued to mount more and more pressure on the Celtic rear guard and they got their reward on 70 minutes when a Leanne Ross corner kick was headed into the Celtic net by their own player.

The goal certainly gave City a lift and for the last 20 minutes the away side pushed hard for the winner. Keeva Keenan came within inches of finding the net as her header scraped past the post and Megan Foley saw her effort come back off the cross bar on the 91st minute.  Successive corners right on the final whistle almost gave City the three points, but a goal line clearance ensured it was all even at full time. 

Commenting, City Head Coach, Scott Booth said, “It was a very frustrating afternoon for us. Especially in the first 45 minutes. We improved the longer the game went on, but we know we can play much better.”

City are back in action next Sunday at home at the Excelsior Stadium to Stirling University in the quarter finals of the SWPL Cup. The match kicks off at 1pm.

City start 2017 in winning ways

Image by Andy Buist.

Image by Andy Buist.

Ten in a row title champs Glasgow City got the new Scottish Women’s Premier League season off to an excellent start with a thumping 7-0 win over Stirling University at the Excelsior Stadium.

Despite the absence of Scotland regulars Jo Love and Hayley Lauder who returned injured from national team duty and Scotland U19 star Sam Kerr carrying a knock, City controlled the game and ran out comfortable winners. 

Pre-season signing Savannah Jordan scored her second hat-trick in her second competitive game for City and she got the scoring underway after 5 minutes heading home a Leanne Ross cross after full back Nicola Docherty had been fouled near the touchline.

Irish international and another pre-season signing, Noelle Murray made it 2-0 just after the half hour mark as she fired past Logan in Stirling nets after her first effort was well saved.

Shortly into the second half and Captain Leanne Ross made It 3-0 with a good finish into the back of the net from just inside the box.

Jordan got her second of the game and her side’s fourth with a finish into the bottom corner, before completing her hat-trick on 72 minutes finishing a terrific team goal which saw excellent play from Murray and Brogan Hay in setting up Jordan.

Defender Keeva Keenan joined in the scoring with a half volley from a City corner and second half substitute Kodie Hay fired an excellent effort past Logan with 7 minutes remaining to complete the high scoring win for the Champions.

Commenting, City Head Coach Scott Booth said, “It was pleasing to take the three pints today and score so many. The players worked really hard and I am sure they will keep getting better and better in the coming weeks.”

City are back in action next week with a tough away match against expected title challengers Celtic.

Portabla Media go gold with Hayley

For the third season in a row, Swedish digital agency Portabla Media are the gold player sponsor for Hayley Lauder of Glasgow City.

“The reason is really simple”, said Magnus Nilsson of Portabla Media. “Glasgow City is a perfect example of a team that has taken matters into their own hands, they did not ask for permission from anyone else. If you place yourself in the driver's seat, you can clearly achieve wonders. Ten league titles in ten years - who could have predicted that?

“The success of the team is a lesson that we all can learn from, as businesses or any other organisations.

“The fact that Hayley Lauder has experience from the Swedish league, Damallsvenskan, is of course another reason why we chose to support her. And that we can boast of being sponsor for a player who is regularly in the Champions League. How many can say that?”

You can read more about Portabla Media here: https://www.portablamedia.com/

 

Glasgow City FC kick-off season with new shirt sponsorship deal

Glasgow City are delighted to announce a brand new title sponsor as Watermans Accident Claims and Care put pen-to-paper on a two year, five-figure deal to become main sponsor for Scotland’s most successful women’s football team, who secured their tenth straight championship last season.

City, who are coached by former Scotland international Scott Booth, will open their Scottish Women’s Premier League (SWPL) campaign at home in the Excelsior Stadium, Airdrie, against Stirling University this Sunday.

Laura Montgomery, club manager for Glasgow City FC, said: “It was an important decision for the club that we partnered with the right company for the main position on the front of our shirts, and Watermans’ have an excellent tradition in backing young Scottish sporting talent through their ambassadors programme. They truly see the value this partnership can bring to our club and we are very much looking forward to working with Scott and his team at Watermans over the next 24 months.”

The Glasgow City players are the latest additions to the elite team of Watermans Sports Ambassadors.  The legal firm also supports Commonwealth and Olympian swimmer Hannah Miley, professional boxer Lewis Benson and two-time Mull Rally winner John MacCrone.

Watermans also has a history of supporting community-focused sports clubs. The firm currently sponsors Lochend Boxing Club, which has produced a number of champion boxers in recent years, and the renowned Portobello Community Football Academy.

Scott Whyte, Managing Director of Watermans Accident Claims and Care, said: “Glasgow City are blazing a trail in developing the women’s game and we want to help them build on their already impressive record.  This partnership also demonstrates our continued commitment to investing in Glasgow and the West of Scotland. We look forward to cheering the team on in what we are sure will be another great season of success.”

It is a big season in prospect for Glasgow City FC and its players, who once again have the Champions League knock-out stages to look forward to in October. Not only will the City players be seeking domestic and European club success, a number will be doing all they can to write their names in history and be part of the first ever Scotland’s women’s team to take to the field at the UEFA European Championship Finals this summer.

The club’s head coach Scott Booth was playing for Scotland the last time a Scottish team reached a Euro finals, and with a number of current Scotland players in the City ranks including Jo Love, Gemma Fay, Hayley Lauder, Leanne Ross, Lee Alexander and Nicky Docherty, all will be doing what they can to impress to make the final cut for the Finals in the Netherlands this July.

City's brand new kit will be available shortly from www.teamwearscotland.com.

City sign for four year kit deal with Joma and Total Teamware Scotland

Glasgow City are delighted to announce a 4 year kit partnership with top sportswear manufacturer Joma and Total Teamware Scotland, the Spanish giant’s leading Scottish retail partner.

Joma Sport and Total Teamware Scotland Ltd will become the club’s exclusive and sole provider of all playing, training and travel kit. City’s brand new home kit will be revealed next Monday with further exciting revelations around a new look away kit coming shortly after, along with training and leisure wear.

Joma has a major sporting presence in over 100 countries worldwide and are official kit providers for some of the biggest names in football, including Toulouse, Sampdoria, Villarreal and Espanyol, with English Premier League side Swansea City one of their latest additions. In Scotland, Total Teamware partner with Joma kitting out Premiership sides St Johnstone and Partick Thistle along with Championship sides Dunfermline and Dumbarton. Glasgow City become their first joint sponsorship venture into women’s football.

Commenting on the partnership, Club Manager Laura Montgomery said, “When our previous sponsorship with Greaves and Adidas ended last season, we entered into discussions with a few different companies. Joma is a worldwide brand with an excellent reputation and key for me was the quality of the product as well as their passion to make this partnership happen. The girls love the new kit and hopefully the fans will too.”

Alan Macartney, Director of Total Teamware said, “Total Teamware Ltd are delighted to have entered into a multi-year agreement with Glasgow City FC where along with our Brand partner Joma we will supply the club with all Teamwear requirements and help partner and support the retail department of the club . Glasgow City FC are an extremely well known, successful and recognised club throughout Scotland and the UK and we are keen to develop our relationship at all levels of the game within the growing world of women's football.” 

Joma Sport UK Football Brand Manager, Jon Haile said, “We are absolutely delighted to sign this new agreement with Glasgow City and Total Teamware Ltd. Joma Sport has a proven track record in supporting women’s football from the grass roots up to international level and we hope our new partnership with one of the UK’s leading teams will support them with both their on and off field ambitions, whilst we connect our brand to theirs and the rising popularity of women’s football.”

City’s brand new home kit will be on sale at the club’s next home match versus Stirling in the opening game of the League campaign on Sunday 12th March at City’s home ground of the Excelsior Stadium. Airdrie.

The club’s online replica presence will move to a dedicated shop online and in store at www.teamwearscotland.com.

Nicole Pullar departs Glasgow City

With regret we announce that striker Nicole Pullar has left the club by mutual agreement.

Nicole joined in the close season from fellow SWPL 1 side Stirling University and took part in our pre-season bounce games against Glasgow Girls and Rangers.

Unfortunately, Nicole's work circumstances have changed since signing and committing to our intense schedule of training and games has proved more and more challenging as the weeks have progressed. Commenting on her departure, Head Coach Scott Booth said, "We are disappointed to see Nicole go, but it became clear in the middle of January that the demands of being a Glasgow City player were becoming impossible with Nicole's new professional situation. We have tried to persevere over the last few weeks, but it is simply not feasible for the club or the player herself. Nicole leaves with our best of wishes."

City through in League Cup

New signing Savannah Jordan scored a hat-trick on her competitive debut as Glasgow City eased past SWPL 2 side Jeanfield Swifts 8-0 to make it into the next round of the SWPL Cup.

Seeded for the first time, the SWPL Cup ensures that SWPL 1 sides face only SWPL 2 sides in the opening round and the difference was evident for all to see at McDiarmid Park as City cruised past their Perth challengers.

Despite the scoreline, the hosts worked extremely hard and were very motivated for a game against the Scottish Champions. It took until the half hour mark for City to finally make the breakthrough. Megan Foley was a constant menace for the away side down the right hand side and her cross found the head of American Savannah Jordan who made no mistake from a few yards out.

Less than 60 seconds later, it was 2-0 as the returning Abbi Grant netted for the visitors with Foley once again the provider. Gliding past two players, Foley once found the by-line and her inch perfect cross to the back post was met by the run of Grant and she made no mistake to put herself on the scoresheet.

On 38 minutes, the strike force combined with Jordan feeding Grant inside the box and the City number 7 cooly shot past McIlravey-Davidson in the Jeanfield nets.

On the stroke of half time it was 4-0 as Jordan put the game beyond the hosts with a fine header from a City corner.

Defender Savannah McCarthy was next on the scoresheet as she fired home a half volley after another City corner and Nicola Docherty made it 6-0 finishing off a fine move with a powerful effort from the left hand side.

Midfielder Sam Kerr completed a fine performance in City colours with a well taken goal as she cruised past a couple of players before calmly slotting in the bottom corner to make it 7-0.

Goal number eight came with three minutes of regulation time remaining as Jordan completed her hat-trick with her third header of the match from a Leanne Ross corner.

The draw for the next round will take place at Hampden Park this week. City's potential opponents include Hibernian, Celtic, Rangers, Hearts and Spartans.

Images by Tommy Hughes

Images by Tommy Hughes

Jo hits gold with sponsorship

Glasgow City midfielder Jo Love gold sponsor for season 2017 is Laura McGill.

Laura has sponsored Jo for the past 3 seasons and Jo and the club are delighted she has signed up once more.

On sponsoring Jo, Laura said, “I am honoured to be able to continue my sponsorship of Jo and I wish both her and Glasgow City good luck and continued success this season.”

If you would like to sponsor a Glasgow City player, bronze, silver and gold packages are available. Please email glasgowcityfc@gmail.com.

Carla Boyce moves to Spartans on loan

Glasgow City has reached an agreement with fellow SWPL 1 side, Spartans for the loan of striker Carla Boyce.

The loan deal for the City and Scotland U19 forward is initially agreed for the first half of the season.

Discussing Carla’s loan, Glasgow City Head Coach, Scott Booth said, “We're happy to announce a loan move for Carla Boyce. She is one of the best young players in the country and it's important that she plays games in the top division at this stage in her development. 

“However, she will continue to train with Glasgow City while at Spartans. This is a great balance for Carla and hopefully we will see her grow in confidence and stature in what is an important season for her.”

Savannah Jordan signs with the Scottish Champions

Glasgow City a are thrilled to announce the signing of striker Savannah Jordan.

The high scoring 21 year old forward, joins after an incredibly successful four years at the University of Florida where she scored 81 goals and 27 assists to become the University's second highest goalscorer of all time. The only player to score more, is former US and world star Abby Wambach. Jordan has 23 US youth national team caps to date and was a NSCAA All American pick for her four straight years at college.

Commenting on her arrival, City Head Coach Scott Booth said, "Savannah has been a stand out in America’s college football. Her success has meant that numerous clubs at home and abroad have been knocking at her door. We are delighted she chose to join us at Glasgow City and it shows how highly rated this club is in the women's game. She is an attacking player with fantastic natural ability who is comfortable with both feet, strong and an eye for goal. I'm looking forward to working with her.”

City sign Jamaican international Lauren Silver

Glasgow City are delighted to announce our latest recruit, 23 year old Lauren Silver who arrives from French side Metz.

The US born Jamaican international is a versatile left footed player who can operate both in defence and midfield.

Commenting on signing Silver, City Head Coach, Scott Booth said, "It is great to have Lauren at the club. She is a very technical player who can play in several positions.

"Glasgow City have always performed in an attacking open style and this will suit her passing ability and game management. She comes with good experience having recently played in France and her inclusion gives us fantastic options throughout the squad."

Lee Alexander backed by Silver sponsor

We are delighted to announce that Lee Alexander’s silver sponsor for 2017 will be Grace Gilmartin.

Grace supported Lee during her previous spell at the club and is pleased to see the goalkeeper back in City colours gain. She said, “I am very happy to see Lee back at Glasgow City and honoured to have the opportunity to be her sponsor again. I'm looking forward to a great season ahead for her and the rest of the team.”

If you would like to sponsor a Glasgow City player, bronze, silver and gold packages are available. Please email glasgowcityfc@gmail.com.

Derek and Kieren Brown sponsor Brogan Hay

Glasgow City supporters Derek and Kieren Brown have signed up to be a bronze sponsor of City youngster Brogan Hay.

After backing Erin Cuthbert last season, Derek commented on why they have continued to support the club this year. He said, “Kieren and I were proud to do a small part to help Erin progress up to a club like Chelsea and we wanted to help another young talent in the squad by continuing to sponsor a City player.

“Brogan Hay reflects this perfectly. She puts in great effort in every game she plays and has progressed to regular 1st team appearances in a short time. We look forward to seeing her further improve this season.”

If you would like to sponsor a Glasgow City player, bronze, silver and gold packages are available. Please email glasgowcityfc@gmail.com.

Nicole Puller joins Glasgow City

Glasgow City are delighted to announce the signing of Nicole Puller.

The striker has been top goal scorer at Stirling University in the SWPL for the past two seasons and spent two weeks training with the squad in December prior to making the official jump to the Champions.

Commenting on the arrival of Nicole, Head Coach Scott Booth said, “Nicole is a striker with a strong physical presence. She is a team player who links well with those around her and of course loves scoring. Moving to Glasgow City proves her ambition. She will be an excellent addition to our squad.”

On moving to City, Nicole said, “I am delighted to be given this opportunity. I have been really enjoying training and I am looking forward to the season getting underway. I want to thank Stirling for everything they have done to help make this move possible. They have been great to me. They gave me the opportunity at Premier League level in the first place and I want to wish them all the very best.”

Nicole becomes Booth’s fourth new signing, joining Lee Alexander, Abbi Grant and Megan Foley at the club. In addition, City have promoted a number of Youth Academy players to train permanently with the first team including Murron Cunningham, Katie Rice and Oli Crawford. 

 

 

City head to Potsdam

Glasgow City are delighted to be heading back to German giants, Turbine Potsdam’s International Indoor Cup, which will take place the last weekend in January.

This will be the fourth time City have competed in the invitation only tournament. This year’s sides contain a host of European teams, all of whom have competed in the Champions League – Fortuna Hjørring, AC Sparta Prague, Turbine Potsdam, Stabaek IF, MTK Hungária  FC, Sporting Lisbon and SKN St Pölten.

The team head out on the 27th January and return on 30th January and is part of the club's pre-season preparation.

Glasgow City resign Abbi Grant

Glasgow City are delighted to announce the return of Abbi Grant.

The attacking player had two seasons at Glasgow City before moving last year to join Hibernian and then Celtic. After a year away, Abbi returns to City, much to the pleasure of Head Coach Scott Booth.

Booth said, "It's great to see Abbi back at Glasgow City. After a season away from the club she has returned in good shape and hungrier than ever to showcase the talent she undoubtedly has. She is a player who has proven she can cut it at the top team in Scotland and will be a fantastic addition to the squad."

A delighted Abbi said, "It's an amazing feeling to be back at City. I've had special moments at this club and I am hoping for many more."

Lee Alexander returns to Glasgow

Goalkeeper Lee Alexander, becomes Scott Booth's latest close season signing as she returns to the club she has spent almost her entire senior career. 

After 5 successful seasons at City, Lee left the club last year to sign for Swedish side Mallbackens. This followed a trophy laden career with City, including a penalty save which helped Glasgow City go all the way to the quarter finals of the Champions League in 2015.

Commenting on her return to the club, Head Coach Scott Booth said, "Lee is no stranger to Glasgow City. She left at the end of my first season at Glasgow City to pursue a professional contract in Sweden. The experience gained from playing abroad can only help a player and I'm sure her all round game has improved because of it. We are very fortunate to already have two outstanding goalkeepers at the club but Lee will ensure that competition for the No1 top is as incredibly high."

On being back at City, Lee said, "I am delighted to return to a club that is very close to my heart. I can't wait to get back on to the pitch."

Megan Foley joins from Rangers

Glasgow City are pleased to announce Head Coach Scott Booth's first new signing of the season, Megan Foley who joins from rival SWPL 1 side Rangers.

A versatile player, who can play anywhere on the right had been at Rangers since 2010. Commenting on moving to City, Megan said, "I am delighted to be given this opportunity and I am very excited for the new season."

City Head Coach, Scott Booth said, "I'm delighted Megan has chosen to join us from Rangers. Last season she showed how talented and competitive she is as well as having a fantastic pace and attitude. I'm looking forward to seeing her develop further at our club."