City stay clear of rivals with convincing win over Hibs

Susan Fairlie in action.

Susan Fairlie in action.

Glasgow City remain 7 points clear at the top of the SWPL after a 3-0 away win over Hibernian with goals from Cheryl McCulloch, Jo Love and Denise O’Sullivan sealing the vital win.

City now look ahead to Wednesday’s crucial match against second placed Rangers at Lochinch Sports Grounds at Pollok Park, knowing a win would put them firmly in the driving seat for their eighth successive League title.

City on the Attack

City on the Attack

City started the match against Hibs very much on the front foot and enjoyed a number of chances to take the lead, denied only by some excellent goalkeeping from 20 year old Hannah Reid in goal for the Hibees.

Two saves from Fiona and Abbi Grant in the opening ten minutes in particular kept her side in the game and the keeper went on to look very assured saving from Grant again followed by Fairlie in quick succession on 17 minutes. 

Although comfortable in possession, it took until the 40th minute mark for City to finally break the deadlock and it came from a set piece. Fairlie’s corner was met by the head of Nelson and once again Reid got down to save well but could do nothing to prevent Cheryl McCulloch firing home the rebound from close range. 

It took time to open the scoring, but within 60 seconds City had found the net again, as Jo Love hit a screamer of a shot from 20 yards past Reid into the back of the net. 

The second half remained a similar pattern to the first and although Hibs looked dangerous on the break with the pace of Lizzie Arnot in particular, Alexander in the City goal was rarely troubled.

It was of little surprise therefore when City scored again and it was a fine goal as Denise O’Sullivan rose highest to head home an excellent Fiona Brown cross from the left.

Commenting on the win, City Head Coach Eddie Wolecki Black said, “I am happy with today’s performance. We had to work hard for the three points. The turning point was the second goal just before the break which knocked the stuffing out of Hibs a bit. We were a little stretched squad wise today with Eilish McSorley dropping off the bench due to illness. Thankfully we saw the game out and we can now look forward to Wednesday’s game against Rangers.”

Next match: Glasgow City v Rangers, Wednesday 27th August, Lochinch Sports Grounds, Pollok Park, Glasgow, 7pm. Adults £5, Concessions £3, Kids Free.