City go clear at top with 6-0 win over Celtic

Glasgow City moved 3 points clear at the top of the SWPL after a convincing 6-0 away win against Celtic.

First half goals from Leanne Ross, Denise O'Sullivan and Hayley Lauder were added to by a second half hat-trick from Julie Fleeting who came on at the break.

City started the match strongly and were denied what looked like a penalty in the opening five minutes when a Celtic hand stopped the ball crossing the goal line following a Glasgow City corner. Minutes later however a penalty was awarded after a Celtic defender used her hand to stop the ball in the box after a neat chip by City's Denise O'Sullivan. 

Captain Leanne Ross stepped up and fired in off the post from the resultant spot kick to give her side a deserved lead after an impressive start. Rhonda Jones thought she had scored against her old club on 12 minutes but her header following a City corner was chopped off for an infringement in the box. 

Celtic's best chance of the match came on 13 minutes when the referee adjudged City goalkeeper Lee Alexander to have picked up a back pass and the home side were given an indirect free kick inside the box. With three players around the set piece, Celtic shifted the ball for a shot, but were immediately closed down by City defenders and the chance came to nothing.  

Celtic and Scotland keeper Gemma Fay kept her side in the game on the half hour mark brilliantly tipping an Erin Cuthbert header over the bar, but she could do nothing to prevent Hayley Lauder finishing into the back of the net after some good play by City's Clare Shine down the right moments later.

Shine was involved again soon after, this time setting up Irish international team mate Denise O'Sullivan and the City midfielder showed her class with an expert chipped finish over Fay to make it 3-0 at the break to the visitors.

City boss Scott Booth ran the changes at half time with Julie Fleeting and Susan Fairlie coming on for Clare Shine and Abbi Grant, with Kerry Montgomery on not long after for Lauder.

The changes did nothing to stop the advancing tide towards Celtic's goal and after being on the park less than 2 minutes, striker Julie Fleeting made it 4-0 after a good pass from Lauder put Scotland's record goal scorer through on goal to finish past Fay.

it was 5-0 on 66 minutes as Fleeting buried the ball again in the bottom corner after being set up by Susan Fairlie and she almost got her hat-trick in City's next attack, but her volley when just wide of the post. 

Fleeting was not to be denied and she did her get hat-trick with 21 minutes remaining finishing off a Leanne Ross cross. 

Ross went down injured with 15 minutes left and with City having made their five substitutions were forced to play out the rest of the game with 10 players.

Commenting on the match and win, City Head Coach, Scott Booth said, "I think we are making good strides forward all the time and the girls are putting into practice what they work hard on in training and every week I feel we are getting sharper, doing the right things and cutting out errors. It was always going to be tough against Celtic today if we didn't play with aggression and pressure and good decision making from the off. I think we started the game well and could have scored earlier than we did, but I felt overall the longer the game went on with better we got. "

Glasgow City are back in action next Sunday at home to Kilmarnock in the Scottish Cup Quarter Final. The match is a 2.30pm kick off at the Excelsior Stadium, Airdrie. Fans who have already purchased their Chelsea Champions League ticket will get into the match free.  For information visitwww.glasgowcityfc.co.uk/shop