Two goals late in the first half was enough for Glasgow Girls to beat Hutchison Vale as the two in-form SWPL 2 sides met at Saughton Enclosure.
Glasgow Girls took the lead when Samantha McManus’ free-kick picked out Lauren Coleman whose header beat the Hutchie keeper. Five minutes later, they had doubled their lead through Lauren Evans’ strike.
The second half went without further goals as Glasgow Girls held on to secure the victory. The result sees Glasgow Girls remain in second whilst Hutchison Vale dropped down to fifth.
The first chance fell to the visitors as the ball set up kindly for Samantha McManus on the edge of the box, but she volleyed wide.
But the home side was posing a threat and Margaux Durand-Watson broke down the right-wing and delivered a good cross, but the ball was claimed by Glasgow Girls’ goalkeeper Lauren Grant.
Glasgow Girls could have taken the lead in the 12th minute when McManus’ corner found the unmarked Lauren Coleman, but she could only head over.
And they came even closer from another corner when Hutchie’s Karen Hanson headed the ball against her own crossbar.
The home side was starting to pose more of a threat, and when Fiona Boslem’s shot took a heavy deflection, Grant could only watch as the ball just crept wide of the post. Minutes later, Nicola Sturrock tried her luck from distance, but her shot was well saved.
The game changed when Hutchie’s Courtney McAvoy’s late sliding tackled took out Chloe Docherty on the left-wing. From this free-kick, McManus whipped the ball into the box where Coleman headed the ball into the back of the net.
Five minutes later, they doubled their lead. Great perseverance from Leigh Ferrol saw her get the ball to Lauren Evans in the box and she beat her marker to chip the ball into the right corner.
Hutchie nearly gifted Glasgow Girls a third early on in the second half. Their keeper Charlene Lessels played her goal-kick straight to McManus, but she could only shoot wide.
And they came even close when Charmaine McGuire’s free-kick was never fully cleared by Hutchie and the ball fell to Evans, but her shot was well saved by Lessels.
Hutchie were getting into dangerous positions but were failing to find the final product. From a free-kick on the half-way line, Anna Murray launched the ball into the box and Kirsty Hanson just couldn’t get her head on the ball.
However, Glasgow Girls were looking more likely to score another goal. Leigh Ferrol’s flick sent Lauren Evans through on goal, but her shot was superbly saved by Lessels.
The introduction of Beth McLeod brought about a new attacking threat from Hutchie. Within seconds of coming on, she won a free-kick from which, Lisa McFarlane’s effort just curled wide. And then her cross was fumbled by Grant, and despite her best efforts, Ashley Fish could not force the ball over the line.
Later, brilliant play down the left saw McLeod pass to Fish in a dangerous position, but she could only shoot wide.
And in second half stoppage time, McAvoy’s corner found Fish completely unmarked at the far post, but she could only head wide.
Player Of The Match
Samantha McManus. She was integral to Glasgow Girls’ attacking unit.