By Campbell Finlayson,
Glasgow Girls remain joint top of the table after a 3-1 win over St Johnstone made it four consecutive victories.
Chloe Docherty fired the hosts into the lead after just ten minutes when she sent a strong strike into the roof of the net after Saints struggled to get the ball to safety from a corner.
The Girls were comfortable in the first half and could have made it two just past the half hour mark, but Danielle Gallagher’s header went wide.
Then came a moment of madness from Saints striker Ellie-May Cowie. Manager Jason McRindle gave her some strong words but her decision to fire words back wasn’t the best choice and she was swiftly substituted before storming away from the bench, sitting alone in the stand.
At the start of the second half, the game ebbed and flowed with both teams going for that all important second goal.
Charmaine McGuire shot straight at Rebecca Cameron in the St Johnstone goal with Jayny Saunders also testing the keeper, forcing her to push her ferocious shot wide of target, while at the other end; Rhee Tweedie was close to forcing a header into the corner before Hannah Clark fired a shot over the bar.
On 65 minutes, Glasgow Girls got a second when Cameron couldn’t hold onto the ball at a corner, allowing Georgina McTear to head it over the line.
It was 3-0 almost immediately after kick-off with Docherty rounding the keeper to slot home her second and the Girls’ third and seemingly put the game out of sight.
However, the visitors pulled a goal back just two minutes later, Clark rolling the ball past Toni Harkness after appearing to beat the offside trap to get on the end of Ashley Fish’s pass.
Lucy McEwan saw her strike from distance come back off the bar before McGuire was also denied by the woodwork with her free-kick going close.
Saints had a couple of chances to grab another goal but couldn’t find a way past Harkness or McGuire, the midfielder replacing the keeper for the final moments of the game after she was forced off with an injury.
The win sees the Girls remain level on points with Hearts at the top, a point ahead of Hamilton Accies who are their next opponents at the Hope CBD Stadium on the 15th of May.
Glasgow Girls:Harkness (Coleman, 86); Smith, Gallagher, Jackson, McTear; McGuire, Kerr, Porteous, Saunders (MacDonald, 78); Docherty (Ferrol, 89), McEwan (McLeod, 86)
St Johnstone:Cameron; Foote, Milligan (Shepherd, 78), Tweedie, Irvine; McGowan; Craig (Clark, 60), McDonald (MacLean, 46), Carter (Penman, 78); Fish, Cowie (Newbigging, 34)