SWPL 1 leaders Glasgow City scored eight times against Stirling University on Monday evening, as they restored their eight-point advantage over second-placed Hibernian. It was a brilliant attacking performance, breaking down Stirling’s defence that had frustrated them earlier on in the season.
The home side nearly took the lead in the third minute as Fiona Brown volleyed just over.
But, they didn’t have to wait long to opening the scoring as Erin Cuthbert’s driven shot beat the keeper. Cuthbert, who has recently been called up to the Scotland squad, assisted their second goal as her cross picked out Jo Love who scored.
And then it was 3-0 with City’s third shot on target as a corner picked out Savannah McCarthy whose powerful header found the back of the net, her first goal for the club.
The visitors Stirling University then pulled a goal back. After a rebounded shot, Ashley McDonald reacted quickest to place the ball into the back of the net.
Stirling came close to reducing the deficit further from a corner, but City’s keeper Erin Clachers made a good save.
City though was still creating chances, and Julie Fleeting twice came close to extending their advantage: heading over and then being centimetres from connecting to a Leanne Ross cross.
And then both City and Fleeting scored. Fleeting had her initial shot saved but reacted quickly to the rebound to beat the keeper.
Fleeting then turned provider, splitting the Stirling’s defence allowing Cuthbert to score her second goal.
City had a chance to make it 6-1 when they won a penalty in the 42nd minute, but Leanne Ross saw her spot-kick brilliantly saved by the Stirling keeper.
The next minute, though, it was 6-1 as after a passing move with Cuthbert, Hayley Lauder found the back of the net.
In the second half, City’s Sam Kerr came close to scoring but her long-range effort just went wide.
And just before the hour mark, Glasgow City made it 7-1 as Fiona Brown picked out Fleeting who blasted the ball into the net. Minutes later, they scored their eighth goal as Brogan Hay blasted the ball into the roof of the net.
Fleeting nearly completed her hat-trick, but her shot was well held onto by the Stirling keeper. And then Carla Boyce saw her powerful shot smash off the woodwork.
Glasgow City’s win sees them extend their lead at the top to eight points, whilst Stirling University remain in eighth place.