Photo by Craig Doyle
Dundee United opened up a six-point lead at the top of the Park’s Motor Group SWPL 2 table as they defeated their closest title rivals Glasgow Women 2-0 in a scrappy affair at the Regional Performance Centre. Danni McGinley and an own goal were the difference between the sides in this cagey contest.
The first chance of the afternoon in the freezing conditions fell the way of Glasgow Women when Cara Henderson found herself some space and got a shot away but Lauren Perry in the United goal had no problems dealing with it.
The hosts first chance came and it was the opener. Jade McLaren picked up the ball just inside her own half and drifted through the middle of the park before slotting it into McGinley who rounded the goalkeeper and tapped home for United.
Seconds later and Glasgow could’ve, and maybe should’ve, been level. The ball in from the right-hand side was met by the head of Sophie McGoldrick but she couldn’t find the target
Shortly after and United’s lead was nearly doubled. Glasgow’s attempted clearance ricocheted off of Neve Guthrie before it fell to Robyn Smith but her effort was wide of the target.
25 minutes in and United did get their second though. After the original corner was cleared, McGinley’s cross was met by the head of Megan Burns and it seemed to deflect off of Nicola Reid on the line and tumbled its way into the back of the net.
Glasgow started to create a bundle of chances but just as one was cleared, United were quick on the counter-attack as Guthrie looked to be through on goal. She just couldn’t quite grasp it to create the opportunity for herself though and the chance was gone.
Into the second half and some would argue that United goalkeeper Perry should’ve seen red. Her challenge just outside the box on Henderson completely wiped the striker out and got none of the ball. The referees’ decision was only yellow, much to the disbelief of some of the travelling supporters.
Glasgow again pushed to get back into the game. This time a chance fell for Louisa Boyes who could only fire it wide of Perry’s post.
As they kept pushing forward their was a massive claim for a penalty to the visitors as the ball seemed to come off the arm of the United defender. The official gave a corner and all claims were waved away.
United looked to have wrapped the game up with a third when McGinley met a corner with a strong header but it was just wide of the target
A mistake at the back from Glasgow almost gave United the third they were searching for. The ‘keeper took too long to clear as McGinley closed done and the visitors were lucky not to concede.
The result extends Dundee United’s lead at the top of the table as both teams go into the winter break remaining in the top two.
Dundee United: Perry, McMillan (Ross 72), Cowper (Harkin 54), McLaren, McGinley, Guthrie (Todd 59), Ross (Kern), Smith, Foote, Burns, Clemison.
Glasgow Women: Welsh, Reid, Cunningham, Donald, Ronald, Henderson, Canavan (Lyle 68), Wilson, McGuire (Hamill 68), McGoldrick, Boyes.
Dundee United Head Coach, Graeme Hart:
Glasgow Women Manager, Craig Joyce:
Dundee United Forward, Danni McGinley:
Glasgow Women Midfielder, Kaitlyn Canavan: