Spartans 0-8 Glasgow City
- First versus Fourth meet at Ainslie Park
- Spartans are the last time to beat Glasgow City in the league back in September 2014
- Last time the sides met, City won 2-0 thanks to goals from Leanne Ross and Hayley Lauder
- City has won all three league games 1-0
- Spartans unbeaten at Ainslie Park in all competitions
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- Four goals for City from Julie Fleeting, Ruesha Littlejohn, Clare Shine and Leanne Ross.
- Fleeting makes it 5-0 in the second half, before Littlejohn makes it 6-0. Cuthbert gets the seventh with a wonderful lob, before scoring the eighth.
- Half-time: Spartans 0-4 Glasgow City
Glasgow City win 8-0. Any concerns about their attacking play has been put to bed tonight. Spartans never gave up, but were blown away by a stunning City performance.
City have their eighth corner of the match. Ross’ delivery is whipped into the danger zone, Cumings gets her hands to it but is fouled in the process. Spartans break and Simpson is nearly through, but is denied by McCulloch’s wonderful sliding tackle.
90 mins – CLOSE
Should be Nine. Leanne Ross’ early cross finds Boyce in the box, she chests the ball down but somehow shoots wide.
Partly assisted by the ref, Boyce picks up the ball on the edge of the Spartans box, but her finessed finish is straight at Cumings.
86 mins Spartans Sub
Ellie Simpson replaces Trish McLaughlin
Spartans have a free-kick just inside the City half. Marshall whips the ball in to Louise Mason who shoots wide, but is also called offside.
Play is stopped as Allana Marshall picks up a knock. But she’s able to continue and the game restarts
Julie Fleeting has a chance for her third, but on the edge of the box, she shoots straight at Cumings
Spartans have a free-kick, 25 yards from goal. Marshall lays the ball off to Louise Mason, but she mishits her shot well wide.
80 mins – Glasgow City Yellow
Cheryl McCulloch is booked
79 mins – CLOSE
Ross’ corner finds McCarthy, but her header goes wide
Nearly an own goal as Spartans’ Gavin slices her clearance, luckily for her over the bar
77 mins – GOAL Spartans 0-8 GLASGOW CITY (Erin Cuthbert)
Eight now. Erin Cuthbert, on the edge of the box, fires the ball into the bottom left corner
Sarah Crilly is through, but she is denied by an alert Cumings who is off her line quickly to clear.
Julie Fleeting passes to Carla Boyce on the edge of the box, her shot is palmed away by Cumings
71 mins – GOAL Spartans 0-7 GLASGOW CITY (Erin Cuthbert)
Sam Kerr passes to Erin Cuthbert who runs through on goal and then chips the ball over the keeper with a superb finish
69 mins – Glasgow City Subs
Sam Kerr replaces Lauren McMurchie and Sarah Crilly replaces Ruesha Littlejohn
66 mins – CLOSE
Spartans has a corner. Marshall’s delivery is brilliant and Laura Gavin has a free header, but her effort goes wide of the far post.
63 mins – CLOSE
Fleeting’s pass sends Boyce through, but her shot is saved by Cumings legs.
61 mins – CLOSE
Nearly a spectacular seventh. A corner is played short to Cuthbert whose shot is deflected. It bounces up for McCarthy whose overhead kick rattles the bar
60 mins – Spartans Triple Sub
Louise Mason, Dani Pagliarilo and aura Gavin replace Dion McMahon, Simone McMahon and Michelle Russell
City have a free-kick near the byline on the left. Ross surprises everyone by passing it to the near post when Cumings parries and Carla Boyce pounces, but her shot is just tipped wide by the keeper. The resulting corner is wasted.
Cuthbert’s briliant run sees her get into the Spartans box, but she shoots into the side-netting
56 mins – GOAL Spartans 0-6 GLASGOW CITY (Ruesha Littlejohn)
Six now. Littlejohn breaks into the box and her first shot is saved by Cumings legs, but Littlejohn pounces on the rebound and her shot loops into the net
Ruesha Littlejohn breaks down the right and her cross back across the goal is allowed to run to Cuthbert whose shot forces Cumings into a good save
54 mins – CLOSE
Nearly a hat-trick for Fleeting. Ross’ corner picks her out, and her header smashes off the crossbar.
51 mins – GOAL Spartans 0-5 GLASGOW CITY (Julie Fleeting)
Savannah McCarthy breaks into the Spartans half, and whips a ball to the edge of the box where Fleeting is given the room to turn and then find the bottom left-corner. Great strike
Another City corner, but this time, the delivery is easy for Cumings to claim
Glasgow City has a corner. Ross to take. She picks out McCarthy, but she doesn’t get great contact and her header goes out for a throw
Second half underway
HALF-TIME Spartans 0-4 Glasgow City
Glasgow City lead at half-time after goals from Julie Fleeting, Ruesha Littlejohn, Clare Shine and Leanne Ross. City have seen Shine go off with an injury.
Nearly a howler from Cumings as she is left with a simple clearance, but with two City players chasing her, she takes a heavy first touch – but then clears.
City have a corner. Leanne Ross whips in a dangerous ball but Cumings is there to brilliantly punch clear. Good keeping from the Scotland Under-17 international.
44 mins – CLOSE
Leanne Ross whips in a brilliant cross from the left which picks out Fleeting at the far post, but her header just goes wide.
43 mins – GOAL Spartans 0-4 GLASGOW CITY (Leanne Ross)
Glasgow City have a free-kick on the left-channell just outside the box after Cuthbert is fouled. Leanne Ross curls the ball over the wall and into the net.
Jo Love is careless with possession and plays straight to Spartans’ McLaughlin. But as she breaks down the left, she is stopped by Cheryl McCulloch
39 mins – GLASGOW CITY SUB
Carla Boyce replaces Clare Shine.
Spartans have a corner. Marshall’s delivery is great and falls to Reilly, but her shot is blocked. City break through Ross, who plays Shine down the right – but her cross into the box is too near to Cumings
A mis-kick from McCarthy allows Michelle Russell to break into the City half, but the Irish defender recovers.
The game is back underway, and Shine is continuing.
Shine is back to her feet and looks like she’ll be able to continue.
33 mins- Injury?
Clare Shine is down in pain after having the ball kicked into her shins from point-blank range.
32 mins – CLOSE
Another chance for Spartans. Trish McLaughlin is picked out free in the left side of the box, but Fay is out there to make a great save.
26 mins – CLOSE
Finally a chance for Spartans. A long ball plays Alana Marshall through on goal, but Gemma Fay is quick to block. Fay rushes out of her box, making two tackles before Katie Reill misses from 25 yards
24 mins – GOAL Spartans 0-3 GLASGOW CITY (Clare Shine)
Leanne Ross is played into the right hand side of the box, she takes a touch past Cumings and then cuts the ball back across the goalline giving Clare Shine a tap-in
23 mins – CLOSE
Shine is through on goal, but Cumings is quick off her line to save brilliantly with her feet.
22 mins – CLOSE
Nearly a third for City. Erin Cuthbert plays a lovely long ball to Littlejohn, she cuts into the box and picks out Jo Love. Her shot is superbly saved by Cumings, and the rebound falls to Cuthbert, but she shoots wide
Littlejohn puts in a dangerous cross which Cumings parries, but Spartans manages to clear.
18 mins – Glasgow City Yellow Card
Ruesha Littlejohn is booked for what I think is dissent.
Glasgow City break down the left wing through Erin Cuthbert. Her pass into the box is intercepteted, but it falls to Fleeting whose shot draws a great save from Spartans’ keeper Eartha Cumings
Spartans has a free-kick from 40 yards. Alana Marshall delivers a dangerous ball, but it can’t pick out a Spartans head
10 mins – GOAL Spartans 0-2 GLASGOW CITY (Ruesha Littlejohn)
Goal number two. Fleeting crosses from the left and finds Littlejohn at the far post. Her shot takes a deflection, but rolls in
9 mins – GOAL Spartans 0-1 GLASGOW CITY (Julie Fleeting)
Simple from City. Clare Shine is played down the left, she cuts the ball back across the six-yard box to Julie Fleeting who is left with an easy finish.
Spartans’ Katie Reilly wins the ball in a dangerous area and looks to have a route through on goal, but she is denied by Savannah McCarthy’s outstanding sliding tackle.
Spartans getting some pressure on the City defence in the Glasgow City half, but not been able to make anything of note yet.
Glasgow City win the ball in the Spartans third, Leanne Ross looks to play in Julie Fleeting, but Spartans’ Dion McMahon is there to clear for a throw-in. Superb defending.
3 mins – Disallowed goal Glasgow City
Glasgow City has a free-kick on the right-wing. Leanne Ross’ delivery is cleared, but City win the ball back and keep penetrating for a way through. Clare Shine picked out Ruesha Littlejohn who scores, but is ruled offside.
The first half is underway.
The teams are coming out to a gloriously sunny Ainslie Park. First time this season I’m not wearing my coat. Summer football, it does exist.
We are minutes away from kick-off. Time to get excited.
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Both sides have the chance to end the evening in first place, but obviously, if it ends in a draw, Glasgow City will end the day on top.
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