WF Match Reports

UWCL: Arsenal 3-0 Glasgow City

Written by Laura Montgomery.

It is strong advantage Arsenal as they Gunners defeated Glasgow City 3-0 in the first leg of the last 16 of the UEFA Women’s Champions League at The Hive, Barnet.

It was always going to be difficult for the Scottish Champions with Arsenal 17-1 favourites with the bookies before the match and the former Champions League winners showed their quality throughout the game.

Captain Steph Houghton gave Arsenal the lead on 14 minutes when she headed home from close range after an Arsenal corner.

Danielle Carter made it 2-0 for the home side just before the break. Arsenal were given a free chance to cross after a throw in and Carter turned and fired home from 5 yards out to give her side a two goal cushion at half time.

Carter was on the score sheet again, less than 15 minutes after the re-start as she headed into the back of the net from inside the 6 yard box after a long high ball to the back post was headed into the danger area by White.
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Kevin Murphy delighted to set up Hutchison Vale cracker

Written by Colette Carr.

Hamilton set up a potential “best of the bottom six” clash after beating closest rivals Forfar Farmington 2-1.

Caroline Heron cancelled out Gillian Inglis’ early opener, but Carolina Richardson’s late winner secured the points to leapfrog last year’s league runners up Farmington.

The win won’t mean anything however unless Accies can beat Hutcy Vale in the last game of the season.

Manager Kevin Murphy was delighted with the application and result, despite the nerves throughout the close game.
Hamilton and Forfar do battle. Pic courtesy of Forfar Farmington

He said: “It was a really hard fought game, we knew it would be before we even kicked a ball today, and it proved to be the case.

“I thought we started really well in the game and obviously credit to Forfar they came out particularly in the second half and put us under a lot of pressure and got their goal but we thought it was a real team effort today and really glad that we got the win.

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Seventh heaven for Glasgow City as they lift SWPL title

Written by Laura Montgomery.

Glasgow City defeated Celtic 3-0 at Petershill Park before going on to lift their seventh SWPL title in a row at the full time whistle.

With the title wrapped up a few weeks ago, today was an occasion for celebration and a first half penalty from Leanne Ross and a second half double from Suzanne Lappin ensured City’s dominance of the Scottish game continued with Celtic unable to spoil the party. Today’s win means that the Champions have now gone an incredible 111 Premier League matches without defeat, having last lost in the League back in November 2008.

“On today’s game, I thought we started the match a bit slack but that was to be expected considering the vast number of changes we made since Wednesday night," said head coach Eddie Wolecki Black afterwards.
"But credit to the players as we remained solid and were in my opinion lucky to go in at half time 1-0 up, scoring with what was really our only opportunity of the opening period.

“In the second half we were far better, we were much further up the pitch and started to create numerous problems for Celtic and by the end of the match we were in total control.

“The win was a great way to set ourselves up for the title presentation, with three points, a clean sheet and three goals against a strong rival and I am delighted for all of the players and staff of the club that they managed to have a fantastic day. We now turn our attention to Thursday night against Standard Liege, with our focus on ensuring we reach the last 16 of the Champions League.”

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Standrd Liege 2-2 Glasgow City: Suzanne Lappin hits vital Champions League double

Written by Laura Montgomery.

TWO precious away goals from Suzanne Lappin earned Glasgow City a 2-2 draw against Standard Liege in Belgium.
City side twice battled back from behind in the first leg of the UEFA Women's Champions League last 32 clash.
It leaves City with a major advantage ahead of next week's second leg at Petershill Park, and head coach Eddie Wolecki Black is looking to improve on a poor home record.
He said: “We started the game really well and probably the only disappointment was that we didn’t take any of the several chances we created. The Belgians were very dangerous up the right hand side and despite some good play, it took two errors for them to get their goals.
"As we have found so often in the past, if you make errors at this level you get punished.
Christie Murray in action for Glasgow City. Pic by Mirko Kappes
"To be fair we go back home having scored two away goals to a good side and I am sure the team will be looking to rectify what is a poor home record in previous campaigns and ensure we get the result we need to progress to the next round.

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Hamilton Women 7-1 Kilwinning Ladies: Kevin Murphy still looking for improvement

Written by Colette Carr.

Despite a comprehensive 7-1 victory over visitors Kilwinning, Accies manager Kevin Murphy still sees room for improvement in his Accies side.

A first half hat-trick from Cheryl McCulloch and goals from Carolina Richardson, Gillian Sloey and Cara McBrearty sealed the three points, but Murphy was not 100% happy.

He said: “I’m happy to win 7-1 of course, but disappointed to lose a goal.

“It was a cheap goal to lose, and I thought that was it, game on.  We became a little bit lethargic and sluggish in our play which is disappointing.

“I think there are areas that we need to work on, I think fitness is a must and their speed of play has to get better and clinical more in goal.  I felt we could have kept the clean-sheet, so I’m happy with the three points but our performance could have been better.

“We scored some very good goals, a variety of goals and obviously Cheryl with her hat-trick is great for her personally, and some of the ends of the pitch that we scored from were good, but as I said I think we can get more clinical in our finishing.”

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Scotland WNT 7-0 Bosnia Herzegovina: Tactical Analysis

Written by Andrew Southwick.

SCOTLAND hit seven goals for the second time in four days in an emphatic show at Fir Park.
In front of 1,061 fans, Anna Signeul's side had seven different goalscorers as Bosnia-Herzegovina were swept aside.
The Scots now top Group 4 in the race to qualify for the 2015 World Cup in Canada, and on this showing they look a formidable outfit.
The result came on the back of a 7-2 away win over Faroes Islands on Sunday.
How they lined up
Signeul elected to start with the same XI that had began Scotland's qualifying campaign in high scoring fashion at the weekend.

Jane Ross led the front line, with Lisa Evans, Kim Little and Leanne Ross tasked with providing the support just behind her.

Megan Sneddon and Leanne Crichton anchored the midfield, and goalkeeper Gemma Fay sat behind an experienced back line of Hayley Lauder, Jennifer Beattie, Rachel Corsie and Frankie Brown.

Bosnia gave Iris Kadric the lone role up front, but Amela Krso was also given a wide role on the left hand side, and asked to put extra pressure on Hibernian's Brown. The thinking seemed to be that Brown, in place of usual right back Rachael Small, was perhaps a weak link in Scotland's defence. It didn't quite go according to plan, with Brown proving to be a rock.
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Scotland 7-0 Bosnia-Herzegovina: Anna Signeul hails "unbelievable" Scots

Written by Colette Carr.

ANNA Signeul said she couldn’t have asked for a better home start as Scotland served up an emphatic 7-0 win over Bosnia Herzegovina.

The Scots fashioned a string of chances throughout their first home game at Fir Park, as Signeul had “winners on the pitch” who were too dangerous for Samira Hurem’s side.

The home side had seven different scorers; Lisa Evans, Leanne Ross, Kim Little, Rachel Corsie, Jane Ross, Jennifer Beattie, and Suzanne Lappin all hitting the net.

Signeul was delighted with both the result and her teams’ 100% start to the qualifiers, admitting her side had exceeded even her own expectations.

She said: “Of course you wish to win these games and score a lot of goals, but we know that that’s not an easy thing to do.
"I’m very pleased that we kept the clean sheet and scored so many goals to win, but with the style and the teamwork, and we played very well together.

“Seven goal-scorers, that’s unbelievable, that shows the quality that we have.”
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Faroe Islands 2-7 Scotland: Two late goals take shine off win

Written by The Away End.

LEANNE Ross hit a double as Scotland's women got their World Cup qualifying campaign off to an emphatic start.
Rachel Corsie gave the Scots an early lead, before Ross' double and further strikes by Lisa Evans, Jane Ross, Suzanna Lappin and Suzanne Mulvey had Signeul's side 7-0 up.
Heidi Sevdal struck twice late on for the hosts to take the shine a little off the scoreline, however ahead of Thursday's home match with Bosia, Scotland top Group 4.
With the Scots having twice missed out on qualification for major finals through a play-off, the girls are well aware that goal difference may be a factor in the outcome in the group.
The Away End columnist Corsie said it was job done as far as getting the three points was concerned, but admitted the lack of a clean sheet had disappointed the side.
"We came here to get three points and that's what we've got," the Glasgow City captain told  "But, I think there probably will be a slight disappointment off the back of losing two late goals - obviously it wasn't what we'd planned for.
"It sets a little bit of a downer on the result, but to score seven goals away from home is always a good achievement."
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