A first half goal from Rachel McLauchlan, and second half strikes from Aofie Colvill, Tyler Toland, Nicole Robertson and Maddie Fulton saw the champions make it five wins from five in Scottish Building Society SWPL 1.
Scott Booth’s side made seven changes from the team that defeated Icelandic side Valur on penalties in the Women’s Champions League in Reykjavík on Wednesday. Leanne Crichton and Leanne Ross were given the afternoon off whilst Scotland international Hayley Lauder had to settle for a place on the bench.
Hearts set up looking to try contain the champions and pick up their first point of the season.
The game started lively, and it didn’t take long for the champions to get themselves in front. The dynamic Clare Shine put an excellent ball across the goal which found Rachel McLauchlan, who calmly fired the ball into the bottom corner of the Hearts net after just three minutes.
Sharon Wojcik was determined to add to Glasgow’s lead with a couple of efforts at goal that didn’t challenge the goalkeeper whilst also being that bright creative spark to set up her teammates. The Hearts defenders tried to give it their all and did come into the game in short spells, but had to put bodies on the line to block every attack that they faced from a dangerous City side.
Glasgow striker Lauren Wade also missed a glaring opportunity from around two yards out with her header going over the bar with the net wide open.
The girls in maroon will have been glad to have got in at the break just the one goal down. A bit of a let off for the pressure they were under. The visitors failed to really muster a clear attempt at the City goal with experience really showing from Glasgow to regain possession as soon as they lost it. A dogged display with no question of effort from any of the players from the team from Edinburgh.
Glasgow City made a substitution at the break with Colvill replacing Wade in attack. It only took a matter of seconds into the second half for Colvill to make her mark. She made it 2-0 to the hosts after a pretty tame effort went straight through the body of the Hearts goalie Parker-Smith.
The hosts made it 3-0 in 56th minutes through a composed finish by Tyler Toland from the edge of the box through a pile of Hearts bodies, who had failed to clear their lines.
It was City again who were clinical in the 70th minute with a dipping cross from Maddy Fulton meeting Nicole Robertson’s boot, which gave the opposition ‘keeper no chance. A touch of class which merited their performance.
A special moment arrived 15-year-old Mya Bates made her first team debut for Glasgow City, coming on as a substitute for the final 15 minutes of the match. She impressed during her time on the pitch with her confidence, energy and clear ability in her short time on the pitch as well as being unlucky not to get in among the goals.
In stoppage time Fulton got City’s fifth of the match. It was the goal that her performance thoroughly deserved as she smashed a brilliant effort high into the back of the net giving the Hearts stopper no chance, making it two goals in as many games for the midfielder.
A convincing win for Glasgow City in the end who leapfrogged Celtic back to the pinnacle of the SWPL 1 table, but the first half will have given Hearts manager Andy Kirk plenty of positives to take from the game. But, his side are yet to pick up a point this season and have already conceded 26 times in just five games, scoring just one goal.
The league will now take a break as players jet off for international duty. Scotland face Portugal and Finland in European Championship qualifiers.
Glasgow City: Clachers, McLauchlan, Wyne, Love, Fulton, Shine (Robertson 57), Toland, Clark, Davidson (Howat 57), Wojcik (Bates 78), Wade (Colvill 46); Alexander, Lauder, Colquhoun.
Hearts: Parker-Smith, Delworth, Cunningham, Hunter (Whyte 23), Smith, Williamson, Tweedie (Walkingshaw 75), Shepherd (Cowan 75), Begg (Hathaway 55), Birse, McAllister; Clark, Welsh, Kaney.