Scottish Women's Premier League

#SBSSWPL 2: Glasgow Girls v FC Kilmarnock

May 20th 2019

Glasgow Girls fell to their second defeat in a week as FC Kilmarnock completed the double over the hosts, winning a five goal thriller at Petershill Park. Dana Baird, Lisa Swanson and Clare Docherty scored as Killie got back to winning ways while Lucy McEwan and an own goal from Aimie Docherty twice got Glasgow back on level terms.

The hosts were unbeaten at home this season but fell behind after just ten minutes when Dana Baird was left unmarked to nod the ball home from a couple of yards out.

Lauren Coleman glanced her header wide as John Doyle’s side tried to level the score but it wasn’t long before they did find the net, albeit in comical circumstances. A diagonal ball from Lauren Kerr looked easy to deal with but as Lauren McGregor came rushing from her goal, Aimie Docherty stretched out a leg and managed to divert the ball past her keeper into the empty net.

That goal gave the hosts the confidence to take the game to Killie and they came within inches of taking the lead when Coleman’s header came back off the post on 31 minutes.

Four minutes later that miss came back to haunt Glasgow as Killie went back in front again, when young goalkeeper Nicole Cunningham tried to close down the angle but was unable to keep out Lisa Swanson’s slotted finish.

Coleman was an integral part of the Glasgow Girls side and tried her luck once more, but her shot was well held by McGregor.

Killie had a good chance to extend their lead when they got a free-kick right on the edge of the box, but Baird’s free-kick was well tipped over the bar by Cunningham.

Glasgow began to grab a foothold in the game again and had a claim for a penalty turned down when Rachael Armit’s shot appeared to strike a defender’s arm but the referee didn’t agree.

Emma Porteous was then denied by McGregor but the home side could sense an equaliser was coming and on 73 minutes they got it. A wonderful cross from Danielle Gallagher was met by the head of McEwan who sent it past McGregor into the net.

However, they were only on level terms for six minutes as Killie moved in front for the third time in the game. Clare Docherty was played onside by Armit who didn’t get out of defence quick enough, and the midfielder remained calm to stick the ball in the top corner to hand Killie a big three points.

The result sees Killie climb to fifth, just three points behind Glasgow Girls and Dundee United who lost 2-0 to Partick Thistle. Glasgow and United are then a further three points adrift of Hearts who beat St Johnstone 2-0 but it’s Hamilton who are a point clear at the top after a huge 17-0 win at Hutchison Vale.

Glasgow Girls: Cunningham (Donohoe, 76); Armit (Ferrol, 88), McGuire, McTear, Gallagher; MacDonald, Kerr, Porteous (MacLeod, 88), Coleman, Docherty; McEwan

Kilmarnock: McGregor; A. Docherty, Burrows, Neil, Murphy (Otto, 73); Harty, Fleming, C. Docherty; Robinson, Swanson, Baird