Champions League last 32 beckons for Glasgow City

Glasgow City go head to head with Ukrainian Champions FC Zhilstroy-1 tomorrow at 4pm at Airdrie Stadium, with both teams competing for a place in the elite knock out round of last 32 in the UEFA Women’s Champions League.

Carla Boyce in action against Glentoran, image by Graeme Berry.

Carla Boyce in action against Glentoran, image by Graeme Berry.

After two group matches played each, both City and Zhilstroy-1 sit on 6 points having defeated Slovakian’s Nove Zamky and Northern Ireland’s Glentoran. With an inferior goal difference, only a win will see City through to the last 32 for the fourth successive season, a situation, City Head Coach Eddie Wolecki Black knows his team is more than familiar with.

Glasgow City celebrate Courtney Whyte goal. Image by Graeme Berry.

Glasgow City celebrate Courtney Whyte goal. Image by Graeme Berry.

He said, “Every qualifying campaign we are aware that the final game of the three will ultimately decide our place in the last 32 draw. In the past few years we have topped the group and we know that only a victory will do that tomorrow.

The Ukrainians are a very technical side who retain possession well. They have a talented midfield, wide players that can get up and down the pitch and their main striker brings them into play. We have taken two huge blows to the campaign with both our Captain Leanne Ross and Vice Captain Suzanne Lappin being injured in the previous matches. However, we have a strong squad and I am certain it will be a very competitive City team on the pitch.”

Zhilstroy-1 v Glasgow City, Thursday 14th August, Airdrie Excelsior Stadium, 4.00pm. Spectators can pay on entry at the turnstile for the match, priced £5 adult, £2 kids.