City lose second preseason game to FA Super League team Chelsea

Glasgow City continued their pre-season preparations with a 2-0 reverse against FA Super League cracks, Chelsea, on a cold and wet afternoon at the Excelsior Stadium.

A goal apiece in each half from South Korean internationalist, So Yun Ji, and new Blues signing, Gemma Davison, gave an impressive Chelsea side a convincing win.

Chelsea harried and pressed their opponents from the outset and did not allow the Glasgow side to settle. The Blues zipped the ball around with purpose on the rain-sodden surface but despite enjoying territorial advantage, they struggled to breach City’s compact and resolute back line.

The Blues had the first meaningful chance of the match after ten minutes. Neat interplay presented Davison with a shooting opportunity inside the box however her left-foot strike was well saved by Megan Cunningham at her near post.

City were on the back foot for the majority of the opening half hour but when Abbi Grant was unceremoniously chopped down outside the Chelsea box, the Scottish champions had a chance to register an attempt at goal. Hayley Lauder took the set-play but her shot lacked the necessary power to seriously trouble goalkeeper, Hedvig Lindahl.

The breakthrough Chelsea craved arrived after 34 minutes. A swift move from the Londoners on the left wing eventually saw Davison lay the ball into the path of the onrushing Yun Ji, and she calmly slotted the ball into the bottom corner of the net to give her side a deserved lead.

The momentum was now firmly with the English side and they continued to press in an effort to enhance their slender advantage, however the City defence successfully resisted their advances to ensure no further damage was done before the interval.

The second period continued in the same fashion as the first with the visitors probing for further goals but City remained composed and kept the goalscoring opportunities to a minimum. This was to change just after the hour mark though when Chelsea doubled their advantage. Eni Aluko, a potent threat all afternoon with her pace and trickery, teed up Davison to lash an unstoppable drive past the helpless Cunningham: 2-0.

City responded well to the disappointment of losing the second goal and almost found a way back into the match. A combative run and threatening cross from Fiona Brown gave Denise O’Sullivan a chance inside the six yard box however her instinctive shot was blocked and the chance was gone.

The Republic of Ireland internationalist had a second opportunity to reduce the deficit when the Chelsea substitute goalkeeper was robbed of possession at the edge of the box by Lauder, but she was unable to direct the ball into the unguarded net.

Both sides made a number of changes in the closing stages to give players game time as the contest fizzled out without further incident.

Chelsea provided City with a stern test and it was a worthwhile work-out for both sides. The Glasgow side defended stoutly throughout the match against a quality outfit and the experience was ideal preparation for their upcoming Champions League tie against Paris St Germain.

Teams:

Glasgow City: Cunningham, Black, McCulloch, Jones, McMurchie, O’Sullivan, Love, Lauder, Brown, Grant, Docherty Subs: Cuthbert, Alexander, Whyte, Rafferty, Lappin, Fairley, Fleeting

Chelsea: Lindahl, Borges, Fahey, Bright, Rafferty, Coombs, Groenen, So Yun, Chapman, Davison, Aluko Subs: Blundell, Dear, Brett, Spence, Meidwald, Hourihan