Report By Peter Greenwood
Glasgow City edged out Hamilton in a difficult game at Petershill Park to make it two wins from two in Scottish Building Society SWPL 1.
Compared to last week’s comfortable win, the first half of Sunday’s game at the Petershill Stadium was a subdued affair goal-wise, but there was no shortage of action on the field.
The only goal in the first half came inside 13 minutes. City took possession, and after a good team move, Abbi Grant shot low towards the goal at the edge of the box. Her shot trickled in after Accies keeper Lauren Grant couldn’t hold the effort, giving City a 1-0 lead.
City could have scored at least three or four times through the likes of Grant and Kirsty Howat in the opening 45 minutes. Conversely, Hamilton didn’t threaten too much, although were quick on the break. At half time it was 1-0 to the home side.
A second half substitution in the 63rd minute brought Megan Foley on in replace of Joanne Paton and City shifted Leanne Ross to midfield, with Foley taking her place at full back. The presence of Foley, seemed to bring a new energy to the game, with defender getting a chance within a minute of being on the field.
The match didn’t have a great deal of clear cut chances in the second period although balls from the wings presented Hayley Lauder with a great opportunity which went just inches wide. Kirsty Howat also had a great chance but her header was off target. Following a good team move from the home side, Lauder was played through on goal, but was unable to get the better of Grant in the one to one, with the keeper making a fine save.
At the end of the day, City could and probably should have added more to the scoreline, but Hamilton dug in well and in the last few minutes tried to put pressure on City to get the equaliser. City defended well enough and it ended with that one goal scored in the first half, enough to secure City all three points.
Speaking after the win, City Head Coach Scott Booth said, “It is good to get another three points in what was a scrappy game. I give a lot of credit to Hamilton as they were physical and played with a lot of energy today. However, we know we can play far, far better than we showed today, so we will work hard this week to make sure we keep getting better.”
City are back in action 14:10 at Petershill Park, next Sunday against Kilmarnock in the League Cup.Entry is £5 adult, £2 U’16s.