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SWPL reigning champions Glasgow City down Forfar 6-0 in opening game

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A hat-trick from from City and Scotland striker Jane Ross, a double from Eilish McSorley and a 40 yard strike from Christie Murray sealed the win at one of the most notoriously difficult grounds to come too in the SWPL.

After the match City head coach Eddie Wolecki Black said: “In the past this has been a really difficult place to come, not just for ourselves but all of the top four sides and last year Forfar took points off most of our rivals on this pitch.

“However, I felt the tempo we set from the very start dictated the flow of the game and we restricted them to one chance throughout the whole 90 minutes. Although not top of the League on day one, I am very happy with a fantastic result and performance against one of the strongest sides in the League.”

Forfar recorded only one effort on goal in the whole match, that being the first chance of the match when Caroline Heron hit a shot inside the box, which was saved by City’s Lee Alexander in the opening sixty seconds.

From then on, it was pretty much City and it was no great surprise when they opened the scoring, with an impressive 40 yard strike from Christie Murray. It was an audacious strike by the City forward, but one which proved very worthwhile as she opened her account for the season.

On the half hour mark, Jane Ross doubled City’s advantage. Murray beat her marker in the middle of the park before passing to Lisa Evans on the left. Evans took on Scotland international team mate Rachel Small before crossing into the box for Jane Ross to finish with ease.

Less than ten minutes later and City were 3-0 up. Emma Fernon sent in a deep cross to Nicky Docherty at the back post and the full back, who a few moments before was denied her first ever City goal by a good save from the Forfar keeper, controlled well, turned Small and played an excellent ball across the six yard box for Jane Ross to score her second.

It was 4-0 before half time as centre half Eilish McSorley hit a powerful low drive into the bottom corner from the edge of the box.

Into the second half and City continued to control the game and McSorley made it number five with another fine strike cutting inside before unleashing a 20 yard strike into the back of the net.

Further attempts came and went for City with Evans, McSorley, Ciara Barnes and Jo Love all going close. However, it was Jane Ross who found the back of the net, scoring her third and City’s sixth, as she got on the end of a Julie Melrose pass before firing into the corner of the net.

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Laura Montgomery

General Manager of Glasgow City FC Ladies team.

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