Glasgow City continued their winning start to the Scottish Building Society SWPL 1 with an 8-1 demolition of Forfar Farmington. Kirsty Howat scored a hat-trick while Maddie Fulton and Aoife Colvill got their first goals in orange as the home side’s free-flowing attack created a glut of chances.
Forfar had pegged Glasgow City back early but struggled to counter out of their defensive block and found it tough to maintain their foothold in the game.
Despite the conditions, City found success crossing from the wide areas, Howat’s opener coming from a lofted pass that the Forfar keeper could only palm straight to the City striker’s feet.
However, the away side equalised soon after, City captain Leanne Ross giving away a needless free-kick when she cleaned out Charlotte Gammie. Donna Paterson lost her marker at the set piece and flicked her header past the diving Erin Clachers.
City responded quickly, Jo Love and Howat both missing good chances before a clearance fell to Rachel McLauchlan who hit a 30-yard thunderbolt to give her side the lead again.
Ten minutes later the home side extended their lead. Fiona McNicoll couldn’t hold a driven cross allowing Howat to steal in and add to her opener. Love showed good movement to lose her marker and add a fourth before half-time.
After the interval, City’s captain almost got in trouble again as her poor touch gave substitute Aimee Anderson an opportunity but the Forfar winger slipped as she shot and couldn’t force it goalwards.
Colvill scored her first goal for Glasgow City and their fifth on the day as a scramble in the box fell her way and she shot low into the corner.
McNicoll made up for earlier blunders; saving twice from range as City’s midfielders tried to add to the lead.
Her defence did her no favours soon after though when a corner was allowed to get all the way through to Maddie Fulton at the back post who was able to direct her header into the net, with a bit of help from the front post.
Anderson continued to cause trouble for Glasgow City, taking advantage of the space left by City’s overlapping full-backs, but her cutback for Jade Lindsay could only be directed at Clachers in the City goal.
City added to their lead again soon after when substitute Sharon Wojcik danced through tackles before being brought down in the area. Ross converted the resulting penalty.
City’s eighth came through good work from Wojcik too when her parried effort fell to Howat, who completed the simplest of hat-tricks with another smart finish.
Speaking after the match Glasgow City Head Coach, Scott Booth said: “We’re happy with the eight goals, we’re happy with the three points. I think it’s Important that we get that continuity of winning games, we’ve got another tough one coming up in the champions league but it’s good to have played two in the league and have won two.”