Glasgow City resumed their Scottish Building Society SWPL 1 season with a comfortable 3-0 victory over Celtic. They stay level on points with Rangers at the top of the table, thanks to goals from Aoife Colvill, Arna Sif Asgrimsdottir and Niamh Farrelly.
The first chance fell the way of the away side with Priscilla Chinchilla forcing the ball through to Nicole Robertson, who couldn’t get enough power on the shot to trouble Chloe Logan in the Celtic goal.
That was the only real action of the opening stages before the game controversially came to life after 20 minutes, as City took the lead. Chloe Craig did well to get her body in between the ball and Robertson, before being clipped by the American, but the referee waved play on amidst vocal Celtic protests, allowing the striker to square for Colvill who managed to bundle the ball home, despite the best efforts of Logan.
There was a long delay not long after when Asgrimsdottir and Caitlin Hayes clashed heads in the Celtic box, with City’s new signing receiving treatment on the pitch before being allowed to continue.
Celtic rarely threatened in the first half in truth, with Craig’s header five minutes before half time their first half chance of the afternoon.
Much like the first half, the second was bereft of action for large spells, with shots from Lauren Davidson and Robertson for City flying out of the stadium, pretty much summing up the second period.
With 19 minutes remaining though, City made it two and it was Asgrimsdottir scoring her first for the club, getting on the end of a corner to head past Logan, who had managed to get her hand to the ball.
Another of City’s debutants then opened their account for the club, with Farrelly firing low into the net after the Hoops had failed to clear their lines from Hayley Lauder’s free-kick.
Chinchilla almost made a hat-trick of debut goal scorers in stoppage time with a volley that flew just over, before Farrelly also fired high, but in the end it was a relaxed finale for City as they got back to winning ways in impressive fashion.
Celtic: Logan; Bartle, Hayes (Teegarden, 61), Craig, Clark, Keenan; Lee (Bowie, 80), Filbey, Robertson, Galabadaarachchi (Atkinson, 61); Donaldson (Ewens, 61)
Glasgow City: Alexander; Molin, Asgrimsdottir, Van Wyk, Wyne; Love (Crichton, 79), Farrelly, Lauder (Foley, 84); Colvill (Davidson, 61), Robertson (Wojcik, 84), Chinchilla
Glasgow City Head Coach, Scott Booth:
Celtic Head Coach, Fran Alonso: