Rangers moved top of the Scottish Building Society SWPL 1 on goal difference after a crushing win over previous leaders Glasgow City at Broadwood. Megan Bell, Kirsty Howat, Zoe Ness, Lizzie Arnot and Carly Girasoli all found the net in the 5-0 victory for Malky Thomson’s side.
Rangers had a claim for a penalty turned down on ten minutes when Sam Kerr appeared to be pushed in the back by Leanne Crichton as she made her way into the box, but the appeals were waved away.
Just nine minutes later though the visitors took the lead. Bell marked her return from injury with a goal last week against Motherwell and she added to her tally here, forcing her way past Zaneta Wyne before bending the ball beautifully beyond the reach of Lee Alexander.
City almost made an immediate response with Hayley Lauder sending a ball into the middle where Nicole Robertson couldn’t quite turn the ball home. Clare Shine and Shay Wojcik both then tried their luck from distance, but Jenna Fife was equal to both shots.
Howat was one of three City players who made the move to the Gers, along with Kerr and Rachel McLauchlan and she came close to celebrating a goal against her former side, firing into the side netting on the left-hand side of the box.
The forward though did find the net on 33 minutes when another former City player, Nicola Docherty, picked her out in the middle, before she calmly rolled the ball past Alexander.
City were getting frustrated and things weren’t helped when Robertson’s cross came back off the face of the bar just minutes before Rangers added a third. Howat was again involved, turning provider as she sent a great ball over the top to find Ness, who was able to lob the ball over the keeper into the empty net.
Rangers made a change at half time with Brogan Hay coming on to replace Ness and the winger made an immediate impact as she burst down the right before crossing for Arnot to divert into the net.
That fourth goal seemed to knock the stuffing out of City, while the Gers were happy to allow the hosts possession. Maddie Fulton did manage a shot on target after good work from Aoife Colvill, but it failed to cause Fife any real problems.
They should have likely been awarded a penalty when Fulton’s shot struck the arm of McLauchlan in the box, but the referee let play go on.
It was five for Rangers with quarter of an hour to go as City had a calamity at the back. Alexander dropped the ball onto the back of Jo Love with the ball possibly crossing the line before hitting Lauder, although Girasoli was on hand to make sure the ball crossed the line against her former club.
Alexander nearly let another one slip through her fingers when substitute Bala Devi took aim, but the keeper just about managed to hold on to the powerful strike as a rampant Rangers took all three points.
Glasgow City: Alexander; Wyne, Clark, Love, Lauder; Toland (Fulton, 57), Crichton (Ross, 57), Wojcik (Foley, 73), Colvill (Davidson, 65); Robertson (Wade, 64), Shine
Rangers: Fife; McLauchlan (Bourma, 88), Westrup, Girasoli, Docherty; Reilly; Arnot, Kerr (O’Neill, 84), Ness (Hay, 46), Bell (Brownlie, 69); Howat (Devi, 88)
Glasgow City Head Coach, Scott Booth:
Rangers WFC Head Coach, Malky Thompson:
Glasgow City Captain, Leanne Ross:
Rangers WFC Defender, Carly Girasoli: