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#SBSSWPL 1: Glasgow City v Forfar Farmington

Glasgow City showed their ruthless side as they hit double figures against a shell-shocked Forfar Farmington at Petershill Park. Jenna Clark, Murron Cunningham, Kirsty Howat, Hayley Sinclair, Clare Shine, Leanne Ross and Nicola Docherty all got on the scoresheet as the hosts ran riot.

The first chance of the game however, fell the way of the visitors inside five minutes when Cassie Cowper brought the ball under control in the box before volleying over the bar.

Despite Leanne Crichton going close for City soon after when she headed wide from a corner, Forfar weren’t scared to attack and tried their luck again, Beth McPherson firing a shot just wide.

It wasn’t long though before City took the lead. Leanne Ross swung the ball into the box from a free-kick on the left and it was flicked into the corner by the head of Jenna Clark. City added a second on 27 minutes with Carly Girasoli reacting to a quick corner, turning the ball goalwards. Her effort came off Howat and the deflection somehow defied all the Forfar players at the front post to go in.

Two minutes later it was three and a first goal for the club for Murron Cunningham, the midfielder side-footing Hayley Sinclair’s pass into the corner.

Sinclair was a central figure for the league leaders and almost got a goal of her own straight from kick-off, hitting the side-netting after playing a neat one-two with Clare Shine.

Scott Booth’s side were well into their stride by this point and continued to create chances, Girasoli somehow slicing her shot to Megan Foley who then volleyed wide.

With five minutes to go until the break, Forfar were hoping to keep the score at three but instead, they lost another two quickfire goals. Kirsty Howat got number four when the defence failed to clear the ball, allowing the striker to angle a low shot into the corner of the net with the fifth goal going the way of Sinclair who sent a powerful effort into the top corner from the edge of the area, her first for the club after her move from Rangers last week.

Despite the hefty scoreline, the away side weren’t afraid to push forward when they had the chance and they did manage to find the net inside the first minute of the second half. A long ball forward from Alana Bruce found their trialist who volleyed high past Lee Alexander.

Shine somehow managed to head wide from six yards out despite being unmarked but City did restore their five goal lead on 52 minutes when the Irish striker made up for her earlier miss by curling the ball into the top corner.

Farmington keeper Brough was being kept busy and had to be alert to deny Howat straight after the sixth goal, but she soon had a penalty to face when Erin Cattanach tripped Sinclair in the box. Brough did manage to keep out Ross’ penalty, but the City captain reacted quickest to tap home the rebound.

Shine scored her second and City’s eighth after the hour mark when she rolled the ball under the keeper after a clever pass from Foley.

City were rampant and had three more chances in quick succession, first, Howat fired over after good play from Shine and Nicola Docherty before Shine was denied by Brough and then fired over after Docherty hit the post.

There was a ninth goal with 17 minutes to play, Docherty tapping home at the back post after Howat’s low cross had evaded everyone in the middle and then City grabbed their tenth, Sinclair heading home from close range.

It could and probably should have been eleven soon after but Shine’s lob landed on the roof of the net.

The league now goes into its summer break for the Women’s World Cup next month, City are top while Forfar lie seventh.

Glasgow City: Alexander (Clachers, 40); Ross, Clark, Girasoli, Docherty; Foley, Crichton (McLintock, 46), Cunningham, Sinclair; Howat (Lauder, 85), Shine

Forfar Farmington: Brough; Cattanach, Bruce, Paterson, Cowper; Shillitto (Hassett, 80), McPherson, Davidson, Kilcoyne (Robb, 80); Dempster (Cromar, 27), McGinley

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Campbell Finlayson
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