Dundee United picked up their first points against Partick Thistle this season with a well-deserved win over the Jags at Petershill Park.
Goals in either half from Neve Guthrie and Steffi Simson were enough to earn the Tayside team all three points in a 2-0 victory, but in truth the score-line should have been more comfortable as United missed a host of chances, including a second half penalty.
Both sides had early efforts through Sophie Gallacher and Isabella Rosalina, but neither caused the opposing keeper any major problems.
Thistle had a decent chance to open the scoring 12 minutes in when United failed to clear and the ball broke to Gallacher, but her shot was deflected behind by Megan Burns.
It was the visitors who would take the lead however just three minutes later, when Guthrie broke the offside trap before feeding the ball out wide to Tammy-Lee Harkin, who cut it back to the forward and she made no mistake in firing it first time beyond Nicolle Andrews.
Guthrie had a great chance to make it two soon after when she got on the end of Rosalina’s flick before rounding the keeper, but Thistle managed to get bodies back to put the ball behind.
United’s top scorer continued to pester the defence and would have had her second were it not for a great block by Terri Donnelly, after a great cross from Philippa McCallum had picked her out in the box.
The home side went close themselves just past the half hour when Anna Murray let fly, her looping effort being kept out by a combination of Aaliyah-Jay Meach and the crossbar.
It really should have been 2-0 when great work from Nakia Graham saw her pick out Rosalina in the middle; however, Joanne Addie was able to get a toe on the striker’s close range effort to divert it out for a corner. Harkin then got on the end of a deflected pass from Jade McLaren before shooting over, as United went in search of another before half-time.
United were the team in control in the early stages of the second half as well with Guthrie being denied by Andrews after Graham and Harkin had combined to find in the middle.
Donnelly had a chance for the Jags when Lynne Jackson picked her out at the back post, but under pressure from McCallum, she could only nod wide.
United were handed the opportunity to finally extend their lead when Rosalina burst into the box down the left before seeing her cross blocked by the arm of Donnelly. Harkin’s penalty however could only hit the post after squirming through Andrews. The midfielder tried her luck moments later, once again after good work by Rosalina, her effort this time flying wide of goal.
The away side soon had their keeper to thank for keeping them in front when she did well to block Gallacher’s shot, after she’d played a neat one-two with substitute Mhairi Lyle. Meach was called into action again to deny Loren Christie in the last minute.
It was game over in stoppage time though when Rosalina managed to flick the ball on to Simson who was able to find the corner to wrap up all three points for the Tangerines.
United’s postponed game against Hutchison Vale from last weekend will be played on Wednesday, before they return to Petershill once more next Sunday, to face Glasgow Girls. Partick Thistle travel to the capital on the final day, hoping to spoil a potential Hearts title party, when the sides clash at Tynecastle.
Partick Thistle: Andrews; Jackson (Hogg, 60), Addie, Donnelly, McGlashan; Murray; Ross (Lyle, 72), Bisland (Jaycock, 78), Mallon, Paterson (Christie, 52); Gallacher
Dundee United: Meach; Robbie (Reid, 70), Penman, Burns, McCallum; Graham, Crum (Ross, 76), McLaren, Harkin; Guthrie (Simson, 65), Rosalina
Partick Thistle Head Coach, John Doyle:
Dundee United WFC Head Coach, Gavin Beith: