Scottish Women's Premier League

#SBSSWPL 2: Glasgow Women 2-0 St Johnstone

December 20th 2020

Glasgow Women ensured they would go into the winter break in buoyant mood after defeating St Johnstone 2-0 at New Tinto Park.

It was the Saints who had the first real chance when Rachel Todd worked a one-two from a corner before finding the head of Nicola Jameison, who could only glance her effort wide.

Todd herself came within inches of opening the scoring after 25 minutes, when her strike from distance flew past Chloe Gibney, but came crashing back off the post. The midfielder was Saints’ main creator and it was her cross that eventually found Nicole Carter, but she couldn’t provide a finish, instead hitting the side netting.

Glasgow Women didn’t threaten much in the opening half an hour, but soon after they came even closer than Saints to opening the scoring, Taylor Hamill slamming a free-kick against the underside of the bar, with the ball somehow staying out despite hitting Megan Sidey in the away goal.

Lucy McEwan then got her first sight of goal when the ball found its way through to her, but she couldn’t get any power in her shot and Sidey easily gathered.

St Johnstone responded well though and went close once again, this time through Hannah Clark, as the left-back saw her powerful shot parried by Gibney, before the Glasgow defence cleared.

The hosts started the second half the brighter of the two teams and were given the chance to take the lead on the hour mark when they were awarded a penalty after Sidey took out Kaitlyn Canavan in the box. It was the forward who stepped up to take the spot-kick and she made no mistake, sending Sidey the wrong way.

It should have been two just minutes later when Cara Henderson found McEwan free in the box, with the forward somehow firing over. St Johnstone lost possession from the goal kick though, with the ball finding its way to Abbi McDonald on the edge of the area and she was able to hit the target, firing low into the bottom corner.

St Johnstone should have given themselves a lifeline with three minutes to go when Ellie Cowie managed to dig out a cross to the back post where it seemed easier for Todd to score than to miss, but the midfielder somehow managed to clear the ball away from the net, rather than into it.

The result sees Glasgow climb a place in the Scottish Building Society SWPL 2 table to sixth, St Johnstone stay fifth.

Glasgow Women:
Gibney; Cox, Reid, Donald (Addie, 55), McGonigle; Ronald, Henderson; Canavan (McQuillan, 86), McDonald, Hamill (Wyatt, 83); McEwan (McGlinchey, 78)

St Johnstone: Sidey; Tweedie, Wight (Irvine, 78), Jameison, Clark; MacLean, Todd; Carter (McAlpine, 70), McGowan, Cowie; Newbigging (Ferguson, 41)

Glasgow Women Manager, Craig Joyce:

 

Glasgow Women Midfielder, Cara Henderson: