|Club||1st Half||2nd Half||Goals|
|Edinburgh University Hutchison Vale||—||Hume 90+5||1|
|Glasgow Girls||Fury 41||McDonald 68||2|
|March 12, 2017||1:15 pm||SWPL 2||2017|
Edinburgh University Hutchison Vale’s debut competitive game at their new ground Peffermill Playing Fields as they were beaten by a clinical Glasgow Girls. This was the opening game of the 2016 SWPL 2 season last season, and whilst there were no red cards this time (when Hutchie Vale won 3-1), it was still an enthralling encounter which showed that Glasgow Girls will be fighting for the title again this season.
Glasgow Girls led at half-time, thanks to a great strike from Maxine Fury – the first goal in the SWPL 2 this season. Kirsty McDonald’s stunning strike midway through the second half doubled the away side’s lead – but EUHV never gave up. Late into second half stoppage time, Anna Hume headed in a corner but there was just enough time for Glasgow Girls to kick off before the referee blew for full-time.
Coleman Comes Close
Both sides started the match with similar 3-5-2 formations and tried to use the size of the pitch to their advantage, but EUHV nearly took the lead in just the third minute through a long-ball. It sent Anna Hume through on goal, she was tripped by the Glasgow Girls’ 15-year old keeper Chloe Rae – but the EUHV forward was ruled offside.
Glasgow Girls’ Lauren Coleman started to become a nuisance for the home team, and her meandering run broke through the EUHV defence – but she could only shoot wide. Then Maxine Fury flicked on a deep free-kick towards her in the penalty box, but she was unable to anticipate in time.
Just after the quarter-hour mark, a golden chance fell to Coleman when a long pass picked her out behind the home defence and one-on-one with the keeper Helena Scullion – but Coleman rushed her shot, making it an easy save for the keeper.
But then, it was the turn of the home team to come close as Karen Hanson made room on the edge of the area, but her curling effort crept agonisingly the wrong side of the post.
Fury Puts Glasgow Girls In Front
However, it was the away side that looked the most likely to score and in the 36th minute, they were incredibly unlucky not to do so. Coleman broke into the box, beating Nichola Sturrock to the byline, and her shot from a narrow-angle was parried by Scullion. Fury reacted to the rebound but her shot hit the post before Lisa Mcfarlane deflected Coleman’s shot behind for a corner.
And then, just before half-time, Glasgow Girls took the lead. A slick passing move allowed Kirsty McDonald to pass to Fury in the box, and she picked out the bottom-left corner with a smart finish.
Half-Time: EUHV 1-2 Glasgow Girls
EUHV made a tactical change at half-time, bringing on Margaux Durand-Watson and Anna Murray for Emily Fardell and Lisa Mcfarlane – and moved to a 4-3-3 formation.
This nearly lead to an equaliser, but when Durand-Watson’s cross picked out Hanson – she had been ruled offside by the assistant.
And just before the hour mark, Glasgow Girls nearly doubled their lead when McDonald’s pass picked out Coleman, but from the edge of the box, she failed to hit the target.
McDonald’s Stunner Doubles Lead
Durand-Watson’s cross came close to an equaliser once again when she set up Hume with a glorious chance – but the forward was denied by smart and brave defending from Glasgow Girls’ Georgie McTear.
And then Glasgow Girls doubled their lead. McDonald picked up the ball, ran into space and from 30-yards put, picked out the top corner with a sublime finish.
EUHV could have pulled a goal back from a corner, but their stand-in captain Jude Shepherd headed narrowly wide.
Hume’s Late Consolation
The home side had a lot of the ball in the closing stages, but they will be disappointed with how long it took to fully test Glasgow Girls’ young keeper. Deep into second half stoppage time, Karen Hanson’s speculative shot was fumbled behind for a corner by Rae, and from that, they pulled a goal back. The corner picked out Anna Hume and she was left unmarked to head the ball into the net.
However, as soon as Glasgow Girls restarted the game, the referee Liza MacKenzie blew for full-time.
EUHV: Helena Scullion; Jen Rogers, Nichola Sturrock, Lisa Mcfarlane (Anna Murray HT); Nicola Clark, Jude Shepherd (c), Florence Haines (Lauren Watters 83), Emily Fardell (Margaux Durand-Watson HT (Lucy Brown 76)), Hannah Craig (Louise Kerr 79); Anna Hume, Karen Hanson.
Goal: Hume 90+5
Glasgow Girls: Chloe Rae; Chloe Docherty, Georgie McTear (c), Kirsty McGuire (Samantha Davies 90); Kirsty McDonald, Rachel Ashe, Megan Murray (Rachel Halliday 49), Charmaine McGuire, Sam McPherson; Lauren Coleman, Maxine Fury (Lauryn Reside 74)
2017 SWPL 2
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