There was a moment of history as Stirling University battled to a goalless draw against Glasgow City, the first time they had picked up a point against City. It was a game which was dominated by City, with Stirling having to wait until second-half stoppage time to have their only shot of the game. But for all the possession that Glasgow City had during the game, there was a Stirling defender there to make the block or tackle. And when the visitors broke past, Stirling’s keeper Chloe Logan was there to make the save.
Glasgow City’s best chance of the game came in the second half when Noelle Murray shot over from just six yards out.
City Start To Dominate
The game had an end-to-end start, with neither team threatening either keeper, but it wasn’t soon until Glasgow City had their first major chance. Carla Boyce was given too much time to turn on the edge of the box, but her shot was tipped around the post by Chloe Logan. Soon after, Hayley Lauder saw a 30-yard shot just went over the crossbar.
On-loan Katey McCabe had a couple of opportunities within two minutes, but both times, Logan was there to make the save.
It was then Brogan Hay’s chance to have a couple of great chances. Firstly, Lauder played Brogan Hay down the left-wing and after cutting into the box, her shot went over. And then, a Leanne Ross’ cross was not completely cleared and the ball fell to Brogan Hay but her shot went over the crossbar.
Glasgow City kept up the pressure on the home side, and they came close when Stirling failed to clear the ball, and Jo Love saw her shot tipped past the far post by a great Logan save.
Late on in the first half, a couple of clever passing moves from City managed to open up Stirling and find Boyce in the box, but each time, a defender had recovered to make the block.
Stirling Frustrate The Champions
It took six minutes of the second half for City to create a chance. Despite Rachel Donaldson making a recovering tackle, Stirling failed to fully clear the ball and the visitors came back. However, when their captain Leanne Ross had a shooting opportunity, she failed to make a clean contact.
And then, City created a wonderful opportunity. Brogan Hay broke down the left-wing and into the box and she cut the ball back to Katey McCabe who saw her shot brilliantly saved by Logan’s legs.
Just after the hour mark, Scott Booth rang the changes by making four substitutes, and one of those changes nearly made the breakthrough. Noelle Murray was allowed too much room in the Stirling penalty area, but once again, Logan was there to make the save, catching her curled shot.
Soon after, a City corner was headed clear by Rebecca Galbraith, but only as far as Jo Love who saw her shot only just go over due to a deflection. The resulting corner turned out to be a carbon-copy, with a header being cleared to Love, but this time her shot didn’t take a deflection as it went over.
And in the 72nd minute, City had their best chance. Leanne Ross’ early cross was headed by Lauren Gallon into the path of Murray, but from six-yards out, she blasted the ball over the bar.
Minutes later, Leanne Crichton’s shot took a deflection which required to Logan to make a late adjustment to make a great save.
Late on, Noelle Murray, Jo Love and Joanne Paton all had good chances, but finally, in the 97th minute, Stirling had their first shot after they won a free-kick on the edge of the City box. But from it, Rachel Donaldson’s effort went wide.
Soon after, the referee blew up full-time as Stirling held on to take a historic point.
Stirling University: Chloe Logan; Rachel Donaldson, Jen Godfrey, Lauren Gallon (c), Ashley McDonald; Beth McKay, Danijela Rae; Rebecca Galbraith, Lisa Sutherland (Michelle Russell 90+3), Jade Gallon; Nicole Pullar.
Glasgow City: Erin Clachers; Leanne Ross, Keeva Keenan (Lauren McMurchie 61), Savannah McCarthy (Joanne Paton 81), Megan Foley; Hayley Lauder (Leanne Crichton 61), Jo Love; Katey McCabe, Sam Kerr, Brogan Hay (Abbie Grant 61); Carla Boyce (Noelle Murray 61).
Booked: Noelle Murray.