By Laura Montgomery
Glasgow City overcame Celtic in the Ladies league decider at Lennoxtown.
City opened the scoring on 12 minutes when centre half Rachel Corsie slotted home following great build up play between Kat Lindner and Jane Ross.
Celtic were back on even terms within a minute of the restart as celebrations were put on ice. A Christie Murray shot cannoned off City’s Leanne Ross, wrong footing goalkeeper Laura Williamson, and into the City net.
However, nerves were soon appeased as City remembered the sort of form that has taken them to the apex of the league. They grabbed the second half lead when Jane Ross broke past the Celtic defence and forced a great save from Celtic and Scotland keeper, Gemma Faye. Faye’s save was unfortunate to fall into the path of the lethal Kat Lindner, who duly slotted home- the party was up and running again.
The match was put beyond doubt when City striker Ruesha Littlejohn hit an outstanding left foot volley into the back of the net from just inside the box. A sublime goal to finish off a sublime campaign. The final whistle sparked wild celebrations amongst Glasgow City ranks.
Goalscorer Kat Lindner was in celebratory mood. She said: ‘I thought we played well today in what was a big pressure match. It was great to get an early goal and we had quite a few chances to score another in the first half. The team reacted really well to Celtic’s goal early in the second half and pulled off an outstanding performance. I’m delighted we have won our fourth title in a row.’
words by Lynsay Keough
photographs by Paddy McNeill
Castlemilk Girls Football Project had a glorious day for their first tournament at the Barlia Sports Complex, on Thursday 7 October.
The project is being run in conjunction with Glasgow Life, Active Schools and Glasgow City Ladies Football Club. Active Schools are leading a drive to encourage children in the city to exercise for 60 minutes every day.
The tournament involved girls aged 9 and 10 from schools in the local area: Carmunnock, Miller, St Bartholomews, John Paul 2 and Castleton primaries. Eddie Wolecki, the coach of Glasgow City F.C. coached the girls in the four weeks leading up to the tournament and was pleased with the response to initiative.
‘It’s great to see enthusiasm from the girls at this age,’ he said. ‘They’ve been working hard. They’ve only been training for four weeks and have different levels of abilities.’
Castleton Primary were the victors. But all the participants are looking forward to continuing their training at a Saturday girls’ football school being held at the Barlia, starting on Saturday 9 October and running until Saturday 13 November.
By Lorraine Hill
Glasgow City continue to look in good shape for the restart of the women’s football season following an 8-0 win over English Premier side Blackburn Rovers.
After travelling down to Blackburn, City played a full ninety minutes, finishing 6-0.