City put 8 past Stirling

Glasgow City restored their 8 point lead at the top of SWPL 1 after defeating Stirling Uni 8-1 at the Excelsior Stadium.

A number of personnel and positional changes were made ahead of the match by Head Coach Scott Booth, but these did little to disrupt his side as they comfortably disposed of Stirling Uni in the club’s first ever Monday night football match.

Erin Cuthbert got the show on the road after only 5 minutes when she drilled a left foot shot into the bottom corner. Two minutes later Jo Love poked home a Cuthbert cross to make it 2-0 and Savannah McCarthy scored her first ever goal for the club on 10 minutes when she bulleted a header past Chloe Logan in the Stirling nets from a City corner.

Stirling pulled a goal back on 15 minutes but it was a moment to forget for the City rear guard as a defensive error gifted the away team their only chance of the game, which they took well with Ashley McDonald firing home.

Julie Fleeting was next to get on the scoresheet finding the back of the net after her first attempt was blocked. Cuthbert hit her brace on 38 minutes finishing a fine passing move for her side before Fiona Brown was brought down in the box to earn her team a penalty. Captain Leanne Ross stepped up to take the spot kick, but her effort was well saved by Logan.

However, City were not to be denied and it was 6-1 just before half time when Hayley Lauder converted past Logan after good combination play with Cuthbert. Fleeting got her second of the game on 59 minutes netting a Fiona Brown cross following some good skills and link up involving Brogan Hay, Leanne Ross and Brown.

The final goal of the game came on 64 minutes and it was a cracker as Hay smashed the ball into the back of the net with a fierce strike. City played out the last 12 minutes with 10 players as Fleeting went down injured with all subs used.

Commenting on the match, Scott Booth said, “We were really pleased with the overall performance tonight. Stirling Uni are a well drilled side.

“It’s great when the girls work hard in training on particular aspects of their game and are then able to put them into practice during a competitive SWPL match. You can tell they love to show everyone how good they are as individuals and as a team. It was fantastic for our younger players, Sam, Erin, Brogan and Carla to be highly involved. They will all get better and better as we go through the season.”

Glasgow City are back in action this Sunday as they travel to take on Celtic at K Park, East Kilbride, 2pm.