‘We are back in business – the 2012 season has begun,’ says Laura Montgomery reporting on the Glasgow Premier League of women’s football.
Glasgow City got the new 2012 season off with a bang with a resounding 10-0 victory over Kilmarnock in Ayrshire in the first round of the Premier League Cup.
With a number of players out with a virus and nine City players involved in recent international action, Head Coach Eddie Wolecki Black had fewer than usual to choose from. As always, the players who did take to the field, did not let City down.
Killie nearly pulled off an instant shock when City’s Lee Alexander was forced to pull off a good save at the feet of the Killie striker to keep her side level after five minutes. That was Killie’s only real chance of the match. City went on to dominate play and possession for the rest of the game.
New signing, Julie Melrose got her own City account off to a great start with a goal on 14 minutes reacting first to a saved Leanne Ross shot, to fire into the back of the net.
Minutes later, City doubled their account when the busy Jo Love scored from a Jane Ross cross. Love then doubled her tally scoring her side’s third goal on 24 minutes after she was put through by Leanne Ross.
On the half hour mark, Jane Ross got her tally underway and three minutes before half time, full back Ciara Barnes linked brilliantly with Jo Love to score a fine team goal. A minute before the break and Melrose found the back of the net again, this time converting a Jane Ross cross from the by-line. The half time score was 0-6
In the second half, City kept the pressure on the home side. Shortly after the whistle got the game underway again, Jane Ross scored a great strike from outside the box. The Scotland and City striker was soon on target again, this time making space for herself inside the box before shooting past the helpless Killie keeper.
Substitute Eilish McSorley scored with a good header from a City corner on 75 minutes and with ten minutes remaining, Leanne Ross tucked another one away to make it 10-0 to the Scottish Champions.
Head Coach Eddie Wolecki Black said, ‘I am delighted we are through to the next round which is always the main objective. We were on a really heavy pitch today, so I was pleased with how well we moved the ball around. And we scored some really good goals. The fact that we were down to 12 fit players out of our squad of 20 perhaps says it all. But it shows the strength and quality of our squad that the girls who played today, did a really good job. Credit must go to Kilmarnock who never gave up. I felt they worked their socks off for 90 minutes and never made it easy for us.’
Full results round up:
First Round Scottish Premier League Cup:
Kilmarnock 0 v 10 Glasgow City: City – Jane Ross (3), Julie Melrose (2), Jo Love (2), Ciara Barnes (1), Leanne Ross (1), Eilish McSorley (1)
Celtic 1 v 0 Hibernian: Celtic – Heather Richards (1).
Rangers 8 v 1 Falkirk: Rangers – Jen Callaghan (4), Alana Marshall (1), Cheryl Gallacher (1), Kirsty McLaughlin (1). Falkirk – Sarah Quilitti (OG), Sinead Goi McLean (1).
Hutchison Vale 1 v 3 Aberdeen: Hutchie – Laura Dunn (1). Aberdeen (tbc)
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by Laura Montgomery
Glasgow City ladies football team continue to set the pace at the top of the Premier League, with two goals in each half to end up 4-0 winners over Hamilton Accies at Glasgow Green on Sunday 19 September.
A well worked short corner saw Emma Fernon deliver to the head of Rachel Corsie and she nodded down to centre half, Eilish McSorley to fire home City’s first goal from inside the box.
City almost went 2-0 up moments later when Emma Mitchell fired a fantastic right foot volley from the far right hand side of the box, inches over the Accies goal.
On 17 minutes, Mitchell did however get on to the scoresheet, converting a penalty after City striker Kat Lindner had jinked her way around the Accies keeper Lee Alexander, only to be brought down by the Hamilton number 1, as she was about to shoot into the back of the net.
Alexander was soon to make amends, as she pulled off a number of good saves for the visitors throughout the match. In particular, she held on well to two shots from City’s Jane Ross, as the home side pushed for number three before the break.
Half time score 2-0.
In the second half, it continued to be virtually one way traffic as Accies tried to stem the flow of City attacks. They held out well, with Alexander again in top form, but the keeper was unable to do anything about a strike from Megan Sneddon which fired into the back of the net off the keeper’s left hand post.
Goal 4 for City came from substitute Ruesha Littlejohn and City almost made it 5-0 in the dying moments of the game. A one-two at the edge of the box involving Jane Ross and Lindner saw the German striker slide the ball into the path of McMurchie, but her powerful strike was miraculously tipped over the bar by Alexander.
Commenting on the match, Head Coach Eddie Wolecki said, ‘We controlled the match throughout, creating numerous chances and I am delighted with the 4-0 win. The girls have worked hard to keep another clean sheet and to maintain a good level of performance particular after we had a few disruptions in our normal training regime due to injuries and internationals.’