Jane Ross, who recently returned from the Olympics with the Team GB women’s side, got City off to the perfect start scoring after only four minutes. A great ball from Eilish McSorley found Ross, who controlled the ball brilliantly before lobbing the onrushing Finnish keeper.
Against the run of play PK-35 equalised after beating the offside trap to race clear through on the City goal, Nigerian striker Cyntha Uwak rounded City keeper Claire Johnstone before finding the back of the net.
City were awarded a penalty after Christie Murray was brought down in the box as she rounded Rachael Ayegba, that challenge saw t PK-35 keeper receive yellow card for her challenge. Leanne Ross stepped up to take the resulting penalty but it was saved.
Despite City dominating the match and creating numerous chances, the game finished 1-1. That draw was enough for City to finish top of the group on goal difference and will now progress into the knock out stages of the competition for the second year in a row. PK-35 also qualify as one of two top runners-up.
Commenting after the match, City head coach Eddie Wolecki Black said: “We are delighted to be in the next round. This was our objective and we have achieved it. Probably the most pleasing thing for me is to see the girls so disappointed not to have won the game. They have set such high standards for themselves that topping the group isn’t good enough for them, they wanted to win this match. I knew with 10 minutes to go a draw would see us through, but we were determined to remain true to our philosophy and we continued to push forward to win the match. Congratulations to everyone involved in the club on another great achievement.”