SWPL | A dominant display on the road

 Spartans secured the three points in Coatbridge as the Edinburgh outfit turned on the pressure in the second half, scoring two goals to climb to 6th in the table. The game proved to be a milestone night with both Robyn McCafferty and Becky Galbraith making their 100th appearance for Spartans, the former marking the occasion with the captains armband.



Galbraith was first to have a chance breaking dangerously down the right hand side but her cross couldn’t find a Spartans body in the box. Marshall next up to create, she floated a deep free kick into the box which met the head of Galbraith but the Glasgow Women ‘keeper was able to gather at second attempt. Marshall then had a go at testing the goalkeeper herself, her long range effort sailed narrowly past the post.


Spartans early pressure would pay off half way through the first half only to be denied by the linesman’s flag. Birse had the ball in the back of the net following the pass from Galbraith but that was not to be the opener, leaving the away side looking perplexed. Birse would then be denied again, her run into the box was well blocked off by the Glasgow Women defence as she looked to go clear through on goal.


Spartans started the half with a couple dangerous breaks down the left hand side. Glasgow Women were able to deal with the danger and Spartans continued to look for the opener.


The Spartans pressure would finally pay off. McQuillan played a brilliant ball into the box leaving Gibb to smash home from close range. The winger earning a goal in just her second game back off the bench from injury.


Gibb would look to turn provider moments later sending Galbraith through on goal but the ‘keeper produced a brilliant save to keep the deficit at one. Spartans continued to push, next from a set piece, Marshall’s corner mets Galbraith in the box but her deflection was well held by the Glasgow Women ‘keeper.


The Spartans striker would be close again to getting on the scoresheet, Galbraith turning and shooting from the edge of the box but saw her effort come crashing back off the post. The front three of Galbraith, Mason and Gibb produced excellent link up play going forward creating multiple chances before finally securing the second goal.


The second goal came as Mason broke forward through the Glasgow Women defence, she tapped the ball forward to Galbraith. The striker finding the back of the net from her first time effort for a well deserved goal to cap off her 100th appearance for the club.