Edinburgh University Hutchison Vale (EUHV) picked up their first win of the season after beating Glasgow Girls 5-1 with an impressive performance, kicked off by a stunning strike from Katherine Smart.
Their opening goal came minutes after Glasgow Girls has a goal ruled out for offside – and in the 21st minute, EUHV doubled their lead after Yesemin Emek finished a superb counter-attack.
In the second half, Beth Macleod scored the third goal after a powerful drive, and then minutes later, Glasgow Girls pulled a goal back after a clever free-kick move allowed Samantha Macpherson to score.
Late on, Anna Hume converted a one-on-one chance to make it 4-1 before Nichola Sturrock converted a late penalty.
The win sees EUHV move up to fifth whilst Glasgow Girls remain bottom of the table without a point.
The game had a frantic start with Glasgow Girls coming close with Lauren Evans picking out Kirsty MacDonald, but she couldn’t get the ball under control. A minute later, MacDonald had the ball in the back of the net but the assistant ruled that she was narrowly offside.
But, slightly against the run of play, EUHV took the lead. A throw-in was played to Katherine Smart who was about 30 yards from goal. It looked like she was trying to cross the ball towards the far post, but overhit it and watched as the ball sailed over the Glasgow Girls’ keeper Beth Hopwood and dipped just enough to fly into the top-left corner.
The home side were on top and came close to a second goal when Beth Macleod delivered a delightful cross to the far post but Kristen Williams could not get her head onto it.
Stunning Counter For Second
And then EUHV did score their second goal from a wonderful counter-attack. Glasgow Girls broke down the right-wing through Rachel Halliday and into the penalty area, where great defending from Fiona Boslem stopped her getting a cross off, and then the home side won back possession. Nichola Sturrock broke into the Glasgow Girls’ half, running 60 yards before the ball ended up with Yesemin Emek in the box who beat Hopwood with a chipped finish.
EUHV Look For A Third Goal
Anna Hume was denied a goal when Hopwood made a great save with her legs.
But as half-time approached, mistakes were cropping into EUHV’s play and it was allowing Glasgow Girls to get more of the ball. Samantha Macpherson had a superb chance when she shot from 25 yards and EUHV’s keeper Charlotte Parker-Smith pulled out a superb save to tip the ball onto the bar and over.
EUHV started the second-half looking for the important third goal and came close with a lovely team move when Smart’s pass found Sturrock, but Hopwood saved her shot.
And then, they did go 3-0 up. A through-ball sent Beth Macleod through on goal and just onside and beat the keeper with a superb finish that found the bottom-right corner.
Glasgow Girls Pull A Goal Back
However, Glasgow Girls quickly pulled a goal back. They won a free-kick and Kirsten McGuire tried to take the set-piece quickly by finding Macpherson in the box. The referee blew her whistle to stop the free-kick taken quickly. But when the free-kick was taken, the same move took place and this time, Macpherson blasted the ball past Parker-Smith into the roof of the net.
EUHV seemed to take that as a wake-up call and could have restored their three-goal advantage but Macleod’s effort smashed off the right-hand post.
EUHV Score Two Late Goals
Glasgow Girls’ keeper Hopwood had to be quick off her line on two occasions to deny Sturrock and Hume, but in the 78th minute, EUHV scored their fourth. Margaux Durand-Watson played a through-ball to Anna Hume and she beat the keeper with a blasted finish to find the top corner.
And then in the closing stages, they scored their fifth after Macleod won a penalty after being brought down by Chloe Docherty, and then Sturrock converted the spot-kick.
EUHV: Charlotte Parker-Smith; Kristen Williams (Cecilia Bosman 84), Lucy Stanton, Yesemin Emek (Margaux Durand-Watson 70), Fiona Boslem (Nicole Clark 70), Katherine Smart (Jane Marshall 88), Anna Murray, Sophie Boeckh, Anna Hume (Leanne Forker 88), Nichola Sturrock, Beth MacLeod
Subs not Used: Jordan Doak, Charlene Lessells
Goals: Smart 10, Emek 19, Macleod 56, Hume 78, Sturrock pen 89
Glasgow Girls: Beth Hopwood; Kirstin McGuire, Charmaine McGuire, Anna Johnston, Samantha Macpherson, Georgina McTear, Lauren Coleman, (Kirsty Mcewan 80) Chloe Docherty, Kirsty MacDonald (Leigh Ferrol 69), Lauren Evans, Rachel Halliday (Sophie McGoldrick 53)
Subs: Gillian Sloey, Rachel Ashe, Erin McHarry.
Goal: Macpherson 59
Booking: Charmaine McGuire 76