Spar­tans pile on mis­ery for City

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HAV­ING lost to Hiber­nian in the SWPL Cup fi­nal on Wed­nes­day night, Glas­gow City suf­fered an un­prece­dented sec­ond suc­ces­sive de­feat – this time in the league - when they were beaten 3-0 by Spar­tans at the Ex­cel­sior Sta­dium.

The score­line might not have been a re­flec­tion of the game, but for Spar­tans it was a clas­sic il­lus­tra­tion of how to make the most of lim­ited chances. City won 8-0 when the sides met at Ainslie Park just two months ago.

City still lead the SWPL1 by five points from Hibs, but the Ed­in­burgh club, who won yes­ter­day, have a game in hand against Stir­ling Univer­sity in mid­week.

Spar­tans went ahead af­ter 13 min­utes when set piece spe­cial­ist Alana Mar­shall scored from a 20-yard free-kick. The home side were hit with a sec­ond sucker punch just af­ter the half hour when Kirsty McLaughlin lobbed Gemma Fay.

Scott Booth had to make a sub­sti­tu­tion just be­fore half-time when Jo Love came on for the in­jured Ch­eryl McCul­loch, and he used the in­ter­val to make three more with Hay­ley Lauder, Fiona Brown and Clare Shine all be­ing in­tro­duced.

As in the first half, nearly all the chances were cre­ated by City, but Michelle Rus­sell nearly made it three for Spar­tans on the hour. Sarah Clel­land, who came on for her de­but just af­ter half time, scored against her old club five min­utes from the end.

Hibs, in the first of two games in four days against Stir­ling, showed no side-ef­fects from their SWPL Cup win and closed the gap on City with goals from Emma Brown­lie, Sarah Ewens and Lizzie Arnot.

Celtic stayed in third, four points be­hind Hibs, with a 2-1 vic­tory over Rangers. Aberdeen beat For­far Farm­ing­ton 3-0. .

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