Match Report By : Campbell Finlayson
Glasgow Women almost took points off SWPL1 opposition for the second week in a row but were edged out in the end by Spartans at Petershill Park.
Cara Henderson grabbed a double for Glasgow but a hat-trick from the visitors’ Rebecca Galbraith saw Spartans earn a 3-2 win and the three points return to the capital.
The strong wind and pouring rain made conditions hard for both sides but it was Spartans who would settle quickest, racing into a two goal lead inside the opening 13 minutes.
Galbraith got on the end of a long ball and remained composed to find the top corner to put the Edinburgh side ahead. She then made it two five minutes later when Ciaran Paton got caught out by a long ball, allowing the Spartans forward in to lob Natalie Docherty.
Craig Joyce’s side halved the deficit when a corner caused havoc in the box, with the ball eventually falling the way of Henderson on the goal line and she was able to stick the ball in the net.
Spartans weren’t fazed by that goal and had further chances of their own, Galbraith forcing a smart save from Docherty after a good ball from Tegan Reynolds, while Michaela McAlonie saw her effort cleared off the line.
Abbi McDonald had a great chance to equalise for the hosts when she received the ball at the back post, but after a heavy first touch, she couldn’t squeeze the ball home. McAlonie then had another chance for Spartans when she attempted a clever chip over Docherty, her effort going just wide.
It would be 2-2 at half time though when Spartans’ keeper Rachel Harrison could only hand the ball straight to Henderson in the middle of the park, with the midfielder racing forward and firing a low effort into the corner.
The away side had a great chance to move back in front just before the hour mark when Joanne Addie brought down Beth McKay in the penalty area, but Alana Marshall sent her spot kick over the bar.
Glasgow Women had a couple of penalty claims of their own, Suzie MacTaggart going down under a challenge from Ronaigh Douglas with Henderson also claiming a push later on, but both were waved away by the referee.
Substitute Caley Gibb stabbed a shot past the post with McKay almost catching out Docherty, her shot being spilled by the keeper who was grateful to see the ball drop past the post.
From the corner however, the ball did find the net. Galbraith was on hand in the middle to head McKay’s delivery home for her third of the afternoon.
Bobbie Beveridge, McAlonie and Reynolds all went close to adding a fourth for Spartans but in the end, three goals were enough to give them a hard earned three points.
After the full time whistle, Leah Robinson was shown a red card for Glasgow for her comments to the officials, meaning she will miss next week’s league opener against Partick Thistle.
Glasgow Women: Docherty; Hoole (Wilson, 89), Addie, Robinson, Paton (Frew, 84); Ronald, Henderson; McDonald (McEwan, 78), Dickov (McGlinchey,64), McGonigle; Fisher (MacTaggart, 72)
Spartans: Harrison; Douglas, Beveridge, D. McMahon; Clelland, Reynolds, Aitchison (S.Mcmahon,64), McAlonie, McKay; Galbraith, Marshall (Gibb, 70)
Post Match Interviews by Campbell Finlayson
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