In a new dedicated feature, Scotzine will talk to managers and players and gauge their opinions on match performances and issues within the game. First to be featured in Extra Time is Glasgow City head coach Eddie Wolecki Black.
According to the City head coach, consistency is the key to his side’s domestic success and domination.
Speaking after his side lifted the SWPL trophy, when asked what set his side apart from the rest, he said: “Probably consistency, that’s the key [we’re] very consistent every year. There’s other clubs showing that they’ve got ability in this country, Celtic being one of them, among others with Hibs, Rangers and Spartans. There’s a number of teams that have ability just a lack of consistency that we continue to show and display.”
Two key players that have helped guide City to a domestic double and by November a possible treble are Leanne Ross and Sue Lappin. On Ross, who captained City in their 3-0 win over Celtic on Sunday afternoon, Black added: “She’s been very dependable and she’s had a good season. It’s not just the fact that she helps defend the goal and clean sheets, she also contributes at the other end.”
Lappin, who was signed from Chelsea in October 2012 returning to City for a second time, was praised also by the former Montrose manager. He continued: “We are obviously delighted with Sue’s performance this season, Sue has been a massive player for us this year.”
Before City could lift the SWPL trophy, they had to face Celtic who were not at Petershill to make the numbers up and in the first half it looked as though they could have spoiled the party despite going in at the break one nil down. However, in the second half City rallied and scored another two goals to secure a 3-0 win to add more glory to the day.
Speaking about the match itself, Black said: “[Its] probably the first time I can ever remember us going in at half time with one shot at goal and leading one nil. I thought we had a lack of penetration first half and Celtic were certainly up for the game no doubt about that. So going one nil up we were obviously pleased.
“In the second half once we started making some changes the game totally swings and we become really dominant and as the game went on we became more dominant. So very pleased with the result.”
City had made eight changes to the side that faced Celtic last weekend and it looked as though those changes upset City’s play. When asked if the changes played a part in their poor first half, Black added: “No doubt about it. In the first half I think that making so many changes as we did, it does make it difficult to get the stability and continuity through the team so it did make a big difference.”
The title party will have to be put on hold until after Thursday’s UEFA Women’s Champions League game as Glasgow City look to secure qualification to the Last 16 of the competition. With a 2-2 draw in the first leg, City hold a slim advantage thanks to the two away goals scored by Sue Lappin.