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WOMEN’S FOOTBALL: Glasgow City 2-4 Arsenal Ladies

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Glasgow City got the game off to the perfect start as a superb strike from Jane Ross beat Arsenal keeper Emma Byrne but struck the crossbar, as Arsenal attempted to clear the danger City midfielder Jo Love latched onto the rebound and fired past Byrne to give City the lead within the first minute of the game.

If City fans thought that was the perfect start, it only got better for the Scottish champions. City striker Lisa Evans had the goals in her sight, but her goalbound shot was blocked by Arsenal’s Steph Houghton, who was adjudged to have handled the ball inside the box.

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Leanne Ross took the resulting penalty and made it 2-0 to City, giving them an unlikely but well deserved lead over the English champions.

As the half time break approached Arsenal pushed forward looking to get on the score sheet, but City keeper Lee Alexander denied the English outfit twice firstly from Jordan Nobbs and then from Ellen White, bravely diving at the feet of the Arsenal player.

Minutes into the second half and Arsenal got the breakthrough when Kate Chapman pounced on a loose ball to pull a goal back for Arsenal.

City then saw defender Danica Dalziel hit the post with a header, but the linesman had already flagged for offside.

Soon after Arsenal levelled the scoreline, after a long distance shot from Steph Houghton.

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With 15 minutes remaining a poor ball at the back gifted Arsenal a third goal, Scotland international Kim Little latched onto the loose ball and with only Lee Alexander to beat, she slotted the ball home comfortably to make the score 3-2.

And in the dying minutes Arsenal rounded off the scoring to make it 4-2 when England midfielder Kate Chapman beat the helpless Alexander.

After the match City head coach Eddie Wolecki Black said: “I was really happy with the first half. We got round the ball very well and forced Arsenal to concede possession and I thought we were the better side.

“In the second there is no doubt we made a couple of errors which cost us. We made six changes in the match, whilst Arsenal only made one and that obviously had an effect on the balance of the match and to be honest was the deciding factor.

“But these games are friendlies and we have got our own agenda at this stage of the season, which is different than Arsenal who of course are due to play in the Quarter Finals of the Champions League very soon.”

Arsenal boss Laura Harvie commented after the match: “Today was by far our biggest challenge over the weekend as we knew it would be. It was not our perfect start, but we worked hard and although scores don’t matter, we are pleased with the win”.

Keep an eye on Scotzine over the coming few days as we bring you video interviews with both head coaches and match highlights of the game.

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Andy Muirhead is the Editor of Scotzine and the Scottish Football fanzine FITBA. He is the Scottish Football columnist for The Morning Star and has written for a number of other publications including ESPN, Huffington Post UK, BT Life's a Pitch and has had his work featured in the Daily Record, The Scotsman and the Daily Mail.

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