Glasgow City inch closer to nine-in-a-row with 2-0 win over Hibernian


Glasgow City are closing on their ninth SWPL title in a row after a 2-0 win over rivals Hibernian at Albyn Park on Sunday afternoon.

There were few and far chances from either team in the first half, with a Hibs striker Lia Tweedie header hitting the crossbar the best effort in what was a pretty even encounter.

Into the second half and City took the lead through Scotland international Hayley Lauder. Lauder latched onto a ball from Denise O’Sullivan as she ran through on goal before firing a shot under Jenna Fife in the Hibs goal.

The reigning SWPL champions secured the points and with that one hand firmly on the trophy, when Erin Cuthbert scored from the edge of the box.

Hibernian tried to fight their way back into the game and the best chance of the match fell to Kirsty Smith in the final ten minutes of the game as she was through on goal, but the defender fired her shot over the bar.

City are now six points clear of Hibernian and with a superior goal difference it means that City would need to lose their final two matches and see a swing of 34 goals to lose the title.

Scott Booth’s side can secure the title with a single point when they play host to Aberdeen on October 18th in Airdrie, but before then they face a Champions League double header with FA WSL champions Chelsea as well as a Scottish Cup tie against Rangers.

Commenting on the game, City Head Coach Scott Booth said: “First half we had to dig in. We had asked the girls to play a different style today and sometimes that takes a little bit of time so I was quite strong at half time that we had to keep the ball better. Despite the fact we were solid and didn’t give them many opportunities I thought we could have passed it better.

“In the first half hour of the second half we did that. We kept the ball better and scored two good goals.”

In the other SWPL games, Celtic defeated city rivals Rangers 2-0, Spartans ran out surprise 4-0 winners over Aberdeen with Sarah Ewens bagging herself a hat trick.

Forfar Farmington secured their SWPL survival with a 5-2 win over Hearts, while Hutchison Vale beat Hamilton Accies 5-1 and Stirling University ran out 4-1 winners over Inverness City.

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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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