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Spartans end season in Fifth position


Match Report by Edmund Brown



Spartan’s Scottish Women’s Premier League campaign finished with a 2-0 defeat at the hands of League Champions Glasgow City at Ainslie Park on Sunday.

After going into the half-time break all square, Glasgow City scored two goals in quick succession with Jane Ross getting a brace to seal the victory and collect all three points for the Glasgow side.

With four minutes gone City came close to opening the scoring with Jane Ross firing wide from 16 yards out. Leanne Ross cut in off the left wing and, after getting to the bye line, cut the ball back to her namesake but Leanne Ross’s first time shot flashed past the post.

Eight minutes later and City’s Ruesha Littlejohn’s cross was cleared off the line by Claire Crosbie with both Emma Mitchell and Ross waiting to pounce. City were awarded a free kick wide on the right after Olivia Lukasewich fouled Mitchell 25 yards from goal. The resultant kick was swung wide to Littlejohn who drove a fierce low cross towards to back post. However Crosbie, two yards from goal, was able to hook the ball clear and away from danger.

City were starting to create more clear cut chances and after 22 minutes Mitchell’s curling left foot drive was tipped away by Spartans keeper Rachel Harrison. Mitchell picked the ball up on the half way line and drove at the Spartans defence before cutting in off the wing and crashing in a left foot curling shot that was bound for the top corner. However Harrison sprung up to her right and tipped the ball away before the defence cleared the danger.

Just after the half hour mark it was the home side who should have taken the lead with Louise Mason lobbing the City keeper only to see her shot smash off the bar. Diana Barry chased down a Danni Pagliarulo back pass which Claire Johnstone cleared but only to the feet of Mason. After looking up and seeing the City keeper off her line, the Spartans forward chipped the ball towards goal only to see it bounce off the bar and away from danger.

Five minutes before half time City again pushed for the opener with Mitchell again testing Harrison but the Spartans keeper was equal to it. Mitchell, like her previous chance, cut in off the right wing and, after entering the box, sent in a vicious low left foot drive which Harrison saved with her feet.

With the sides recovering at half time the stars of the future entertained the crowd in an exhibition session. Spartans Under 11’s took part in a training session in a 4v4 match with Eilidh Douglas, Corinna O’Malley-Hamilton, Rachel Miller, Niamh Woodrow, Ruby Ridgway, Gemma Cunningham, Jennifer Irvine and Misha Rennie all taking part.

Two minutes after the restart City took the lead with Jane Ross tapping home from inside the six yard box. Littlejohn charged down the right wing and, after gaining a yard, sent over a low cross to the far post for Ross to tap in.

Within a minute it was 2-0 as Ross fired in her second after gaining the advantage from her own rebounded shot. Ross picked the ball up on the left and after jinking in fired in a low cross field shot which was parried clear by Harrison. However the ball fell to the feet of Ross who converted sending the ball into the bottom corner.

Spartans pressed to reduce the deficit and within five minutes Captain Louise Young came close to connecting with an Alana Marshall cross. Marshall broke clear of the City defence and sent a low driven cross from the left towards the six yard line. As Young slid in so did the covering Danica Dalziel who managed to clear from the Spartans midfielder.

There was worrying signs late on as Harrison, who had come rushing out to smother the ball just inside her area, required treatment after taking a Leanne Crichton knee to her head but the keeper was able to continue. Spartans did try one last time to get back into the game with Marshall sending over a left foot drive but City sealed the victory and the three points.  






Spartans: Rachel Harrison, Alana Marshall, Claire Crosbie, Louise Mason, Chloe Fitzpatrick, Diana Barry, Bobbie Beveridge, Olivia Lukasewich, Louise Young, Louise Moultray, Katie Reilly. Substitutes: Sarah Archibald, Becky Galbraith, Victoria Farquhar, Ann Taylor

Glasgow City: Claire Johnstone, Suzanne Lappin, Danni Pagliarulo, Eilish McSorley, Leanne Crichton, Emma Mitchell, Jane Ross, Nicky Docherty, Ruesha Littlejohn, Leanne Ross, Danica Dalziel. Substitutes: Lee Alexander, Jo Love, Christie Murray, Julie Melrose, Ashley McDonald, Ciara Barnes



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