Spartans pile on misery for City
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. .