Report by Stephen Bark
GLASGOW City breezed through to the quarterfinals of the SWPL Cup with a comfortable win against a plucky Kilmarnock side.
It was the sort of glamour tie the Kilmarnock players had been looking forward to after promotion last season but there was to be no fairy tale ending for the SWPL 2 side.
In the first half, Killie equipped themselves well. The first chance fell to Kirsty Wardlaw as Killie countered on seven minutes but her shot was saved by Erin Clachers. However, the somewhat inevitable happened and home side took the lead after 11 minutes when Nicola Docherty's cross was headed back across goal from Sam Kerry for team mate Kirsty Howat to head home.
City began to pepper the Killie goal from range as the away defence stood strong and Morgan Hunter did well in the Killie sticks to see off efforts from Howat, Sam Kerr and Leanne Crichton.
Kilmarnock could have been level when Wardlaw saw City stopper Erin Clachers off her line and hit the ball from halfway only to see her opportunistic effort cannon off the post. In clinical fashion just moments later, City extended their lead as there was nothing Hunter could do about Abbi Grant's deflected effort on 37 minutes to give the hoe side a two nil advantage at the break.
In the second half, it was all Glasgow City and Alannah Murphy's trip on Grant saw Howat make it 3-0 from the spot on 48 minutes.
Another flowing move from the home side saw Howat complete her hat-trick on 55 minutes and she grabbed a fourth after a mix-up in the Killie defence 10 minutes later allowed her to pounce on a pass back and fire past hunter.
City kept on coming and Kerr's cross found Jo Love but she shot into the side netting and Grant had a shot well saved after a City corner as City looked for more goals.
Those goals did arrive and Joanne Paton made it six on 73 minutes with an effort that out-foxed Hunter before Megan Foley rounded things off with a thunderbolt from the edge of the box with 10 minutes to go.
Hunter made two fantastic stops in the last minute to deny Howat and Lauren McMurchie on her final appearance for Glasgow City, but overall it was a deserved comfortable win for Glasgow City who will now play Spartans away in the quarter finals on 25th March.