Scottish Women's Premier League

#SBSSWPL 2: Glasgow Girls v Dundee United

April 23rd 2019

Glasgow Girls managed to withstand a dominating second half display from Dundee United to earn their third win of the season, defeating the Tangerines 2-0 at Petershill on Sunday.

It was the visitors who had the first real chance in the early stages of the game, when Laurie Denney just missed the target.

The deadlock was broken in the seventh minute though by the home side. A long ball from the Glasgow Girls defence bounced perfectly for Lucy McEwan to race up the park and slot the ball past Aaliyah-Jay Meach.

Denney had a second opportunity to find the net for United but in the 20th minute, the tie was effectively over. The referee awarded a free kick to Glasgow Girls following a hand ball by Diana Dewald on the left-hand side of the box. Emma Porteous stepped up to take it and smashed into the net to get the second for her side.

Visiting keeper Meach was on hand to prevent more opportunities going in, saving attempts fronm Chloe Docherty and Porteous to ensure there was a two-goal gap going into half time.

Dundee United regrouped during the interval and produced a much stronger display in the second half but just could not find a breakthrough into the game. The side’s best chances came from Stacey Mcfadyen and Ellie Reid, however home keeper Toni Harkness was rarely tested and the match ended in a win for the hosts.

Losing manager Gavin Beith remained positive after the match, stating that the team played some great football and were in control of the game. Beith continued by saying “In this league when you go a couple of goals down, it’s a long way back. It’s hard to be over-critical as we played well but there’s no point having possession if you don’t create chances at goal”.

Glasgow Girls now sit in third place in the Scottish Building Society SWPL 2, level on points with Hearts and just a point behind leaders Hamilton who have played a game more. It’s a Glasgow derby next Sunday as Glaasgow Girls are technically away to Partick Thistle at Petershill Park.

United are in sixth position, level on points with Kilmarnock and only four points from top. They travel to McDiarmid Park next Sunday for a Tayside Derby clash with fifth placed St Johnstone.

Glasgow Girls: Harkness; Mctear, Gallagher, Armit, Macdonald (Saunders, 66); Docherty (Ferrol, 75), McGuire, Porteous, Smith; Kerr, McEwan (Macleod, 80)

Dundee United: Meach; Penman, Carter (Burns, 52), Dewald, McCallum; Johnstone, McLaren, Reid, Guthrie (Bracken, 64); Mcfadyen (Caine, 77), Denney (Robertson, 64)