Match Report by Campbell Finlayson
Glasgow Girls climbed to third in the Scottish Building Society SWPL 2 table following a comfortable win over city neighbours Partick Thistle at Petershill Park.
Lauren Kerr’s double, the second an absolute screamer, saw the Girls get back to winning ways and remain unbeaten against the Jags this season.
Thistle started the brighter of the two sides and came within inches of taking the lead, Emma Lawton’s free-kick from out wide crashing off the crossbar before being cleared to safety.
The first chance at the other end fell the way of Lauren Coleman, when she met Leigh Ferrol’s cross but her looping header fell wide of goal.
Ten minutes later however, the hosts did move in front. Kirstin McGuire’s free kick found Kerr who scuffed a volley into the corner of the net which stood, despite loud protests from the Thistle defence that she was offside.
Partick tried to find a quick response and went close when Lawton burst to the by-line before cutting the ball back to Mhairi Hawksworth, who turned her marker but her left footed shot went just wide of the post. Cheryl Hogg then tested Toni Harkness, but her shot was easily held.
Despite Thistle being the side on the front foot, Glasgow doubled their lead almost instantly after that chance and they did so in style. Kerr picked up the ball over 30 yards from goal and sent a powerful effort flying beyond Sara Robson into the back of the net.
Lawton went close again for the away side with another shot saved by Harkness but it really should have been 3-0 at the other end in stoppage time. Ferrol’s corner found its way to the back post where Eleanor Smith met it on the half volley, but it flew over the bar as the referee’s whistle brought the half to a close.
Glasgow then had another chance to extend their lead at the start of the second half when Robson cleared straight to McGuire, but the keeper was able to redeem herself by deflecting the forward’s effort onto the post.
Just past the hour mark, Thistle had two quick chances with Deborah McLeod’s volley and Sophie Gallacher’s header both being kept out by the busy Harkness.
Lucy McEwan then should have added gloss to the score-line when she worked space on the left of the box, before forcing Robson into a clever save before Thistle managed to scramble the ball to safety. She had another effort six minutes from time but it was tame and easy for the keeper.
McEwan was then replaced by Emma Jolly, making her first team debut at the age of just 15-years old.
The final chance fell the way of the visitors when a long ball found Hogg who tried to poke the ball past the onrushing Harkness, but she managed to block the shot.
Glasgow Girls: Harkness; Gillan (MacLeod, 59), Smith, McTear, Gallagher; Kerr, Coleman; Ferrol, Docherty, McEwan (Jolly, 87); McGuire (Fisher, 70)
Partick Thistle: Robson; Lawton, Jackson, Ranes, Richardson (Hannah, 90); Murray, McLeod; Hawksworth (Paterson, 64), Hogg, Lyle (Morris, 81); Bisland (Gallacher, 59)
Interview with 15 year old Emma Jolly who made her SWPL debut and first team head coach Iain Ferry on the game v Partick Thistle
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