City stay top with four games remaining

Image by Andy Buist.

Image by Andy Buist.

Glasgow City maintained their two point gap over second placed Hibernian at the top of the Scottish Building Society SWPL 1 after firing 8 past bottom side Aberdeen.

With only four games remaining the Dons look set for relegation and City showed little mercy as they took the lead after 8 minutes on the clock. Megan Foley’s thunderous effort came back off the cross bar to team mate Noelle Murray who unselfishly set up Lauder and she made no mistake from inside the box. 

It was 2-0 after 20 minutes when Jo Love hit home the goal of the match as she curled a beautiful right footed effort into the top corner. The City and Scotland midfielder then turned provider as her inch perfect pass to Irish international Captain Katie McCabe was brilliantly converted into the bottom corner, giving Emily Mutch in goals for the Dons no chance to make the save.

Love then netted her second of the game as she converted an Abbi Grant ball across the 6 yard box, ensuring City a comfortable 4-0 advantage at the break.

With a strong lead, City boss Scott Booth ran the changes at the interval and on came Joanne Paton, Carla Boyce, Eilish McSorley and 15 year old Karsey McGlinchey. Personnel changed but the goals kept on coming for City as Boyce fired home 12 minutes after the restart. 

Another City Academy youngster was then introduced as Carly Girasoli came on for her first team debut to give City two 15 year olds on the pitch and six Academy graduates in total playing against the Dons. 

The influential Murray eventually got herself on the scoresheet with ten minutes remaining as she danced her way around the visitors defence before firing past Mutch. Joanne Paton then scored her first of the afternoon as she volleyed in City’s seventh goal and Murray made it an impressive eight for City converting a Leanne Ross cross.

City Head Coach, Scott Booth said, “We started a little sloppy if I am honest but settled into the game mid way through the first half and scored some good goals. We had some excellent attacking play at times and it was another great squad performance with four changes at half time and a fifth not long after. We got two Academy players on the pitch today at 15 years old which was very pleasing. However, the most important thing was three points and a clean sheet.”

City have only a few days recovery before they face Spartans this Wednesday at the Excelsior Stadium, Airdrie, 7.45pm.

​​​​​​​ City defeat Hibernian to go five point clear

Citys Abbi Grant holds off Kirsty Smith of Hibs.JPG

An excellent first half strike from Katie McCabe gave Glasgow City a crucial 1-0 win over Hibernian in the race to the Scottish Building Society Premier League title.

It was an outstanding first half display from City and the lead could have been more damaging for the visitors if it wasn’t for a couple of excellent saves from Jenna Fife in nets for Hibernian.

City started the match really strongly and it seemed only a matter of time before the chances created eventually resulted in a goal and when it came it was worth waiting for. McCabe, on loan from Arsenal had previously had an effort from the edge of the box only to see it expertly saved by Fife but this time the Hibs keeper could do nothing to stop the Irish international captain firing into the bottom corner from a similar distance.

 

Hayley Lauder was also troubling the Hibernian keeper and Fife was called into action just after the half hour mark to tip a fine strike from Lauder over the cross bar.

After the break, Hibs came back into the game and had a great chance to equalise when Lucy Graham was played through on goal. Out rushed Lee Alexander to narrow the angle and the City stopper did what was needed as Graham lofted her effort over the cross bar.

McCabe tested Fife again with another good shot before Alexander had to make a double save to keep her side in front.

As the game wore on, City professionally saw the match to a close.

Overall it was a fast paced highly entertaining match from the nation’s two best sides. A great advert for the Scottish game.

Commenting, City Head Coach, Scott Booth said, “We were absolutely excellent in the first half and moved the ball really well and I thought we were more than deserving of our lead at half time. In the second half we played well as a unit and I am delighted with the performance and the three points.”

City now move five points clear in the League but Hibernian have a game in hand. The two sides will meet again on 12th November.

City are back in action as soon as this Sunday when they welcome Rangers to Petershill Park for a 4pm kick off. The team then fly out Monday morning for the long trip to Kazakhstan for their last 32 Champions League match against BIIK-Kazygurt. The return leg for that match is Thursday 12th October, 7.30pm at Petershill Park and tickets are on sale now via www.glasgowcityfc.co.uk

Joanne Paton signs from Hamilton Academical

Glasgow City are delighted to announce the signing of forward Joanne Paton from Hamilton Accies.

The striker who turned 23 last month, becomes City’s second signing during the mid season break following the capture of Katie McCabe on loan from Arsenal.

Commenting on his latest recruit, City Head Coach Scott Booth said, “Joanne is a player I have been a fan of for some time. She has proven ability while playing against us on many occasions and we are delighted that she has decided to join Glasgow City. We are looking forward to seeing her progress at the club.”

On moving to City, Paton said, “I am delighted to have been given the opportunity to play for Glasgow City. My first few sessions have been tough at times but I am very much enjoying the challenge of playing the constant high tempo football that I have experienced so far at each session. I fell that I am always learning at training and have already learnt a lot from Scott and the rest of the team. I am looking forward to getting started in the second half of the season and hopefully we can go on and win the League and the Scottish Cup.”

If you would like to sponsor Joanne, there are Gold, Silver, Bronze and Boot packages all available. All sponsorship goes directly to the player to assist with expenses. Email info@glasgowcityfc.co.uk for more information.

Paton goes straight into the City squad for the opening match of the second half of the season as the team face Hearts in the SSE Scottish Cup on Sunday at King Park, Dalkeith.

City sign Katie McCabe

Glasgow City are delighted to sign forward Katie McCabe on loan from FA Super League side Arsenal.

Republic of Ireland international McCabe will join City for the second half of the season and will meet up with her new team mates this week.

Glasgow City Head Coach, Scott Booth commented, “Katie is a player who has been on our radar for some time now and we are delighted that we can finally bring her to Glasgow City. Her technical ability, pace and vision will threaten any defence. We have some really competitive games to play in the 2nd half of the season and a player of her quality can be a match winner when things get tight. I would like to also thank Arsenal for helping to make this happen.”

21 year old Katie, who is no stranger to a number of the City players with three Irish internationals already in the Glasgow camp said, “I'm really excited to be joining Glasgow City on a loan move. It's a great opportunity for me to work with such a successful women's club and one with a great history. I'm really looking forward to the rest of the season and I can't wait to help the team try and win even more trophies.”

“We haven’t shown what we are capable of.” – Hayley Lauder

by Leuan Lvett

City midfielder Hayley Lauder has insisted that Scotland are yet to show their class at the 2017 Women’s EURO.

Scotland face Spain in their final group stage match; they still stand a slim chance of qualifying for the quarter finals. 

Speaking ahead of the game, Lauder explained: “We will do ourselves justice, we haven’t showed what we are capable of yet. This is tournament football and you don’t get second chances.”

Scotland are yet to collect a point from their two group matches against England and most recently, Portugal. However, Scotland will qualify for the next round if they beat Spain by a two-goal margin and if England beat Portugal. 

Lauder spoke on the tournament layout: “There is definitely optimism around the camp. Look at some of the other groups and some are already concluded before the final matches. We are still in a good position even though we haven’t had the best start and the fact we aren’t out of it yet is what we were looking for.”

The 27-year-old suffered a minor hamstring tear in a warm up match to the tournament against Ireland. Rather miraculously, Lauder featured in Scotland’s recent match against Portugal, much to her delight: 

“It was absolutely amazing. When I got injured against Ireland I was thinking the worst. A hamstring tear isn’t the best-case scenario when time isn’t on your side. The rehab has gone really well and was privileged to get some minutes.”

Lauder is one of five City players representing Scotland at the 2017 Women’s EURO. Lauder expressed her pride for both her and her club team-mates:

“It’s so good to see Glasgow City represented. Glasgow have always had good representation within the squad but it’s even better at a major tournament. From a Glasgow City point of view, it just shows the strength of the club and that we are really pushing forward.”

Looking onto the next match, Lauder said: “Spain will definitely be the most important match of our careers. We did come here to take each game at a time. England was originally seen as the biggest game but now we still have a chance of qualifying and getting out the group then the importance has now shifted to this.”

We are ready to right our wrongs” – Leanne Crichton

By Ieuan Ivett.

Glasgow City midfielder Leanne Crichton played 90 minutes in Scotland’s disappointing 6-0 defeat to England in their tournament opener.

Crichton’s admirable energy in the midfield was unfortunately not enough for her Scottish side to get a result against tough English opposition.

Speaking on the defeat, Crichton explained: “I don’t think it’s necessarily what went wrong, England showed tonight why they are one of the favourites for the tournament and credit to them for doing that.

For us, it was a first game. Of course, it’s a new experience and we’ve all learnt from that pretty quickly.”

Crichton was the only City player to play the full match, with Joanne Love making a late cameo for Anna Signuel’s side.

“It was fantastic to get 90 minutes; the atmosphere was great. All the teams have been well hosted and to come and play in front of your friends and family who made the journey was fantastic. It makes a difference when you play on the big stage. We will learn from this match, it’s gone now.”

Although the England defeat was a decisive one, Scotland remain in good spirits heading into their next fixture against Portugal.

Crichton “I genuinely feel we are a really talented group. We are as fit as we’ve ever been so for us so the Portugal game is a big one.

England are one of the favourites for the tournament, realistically we weren’t expected to take points from that. We will head into the Portugal game strong and we are ready to right our wrongs.”