Women’s team back with a win…
Report: Andrew Scott and Picture: Motherwell FC
Motherwell showed their fighting spirit on Sunday as they came back from 2-0 down to win 6-2 against Glasgow Girls at Petershill Park in Glasgow.
It’s a result that sees the Steelwomen shoot to the top of the SWPL2 table, after a recent break from competitive action.
The women of steel found themselves 2-0 down after half an hour thanks to goals from Lauren Evans and Rachel Halliday.
Evans put the hosts ahead after converting a one on one against Claire Johnstone in the Motherwell goal. Things would then go from bad to worse for the girls in claret and amber, when Halliday doubled Glasgow’s lead by finishing off a long ball into the box.
The month-long break was evident in the Motherwell side due to the uncharacteristically poor start to the game, but captain Suzanne Mulvey’s goal sprung the ‘Well back into life and kick started the comeback.
The equalising goal would come from Hayley Cunningham, who proved herself to be a dead ball specialist after hitting a rocket into the top right corner from just outside the box.
The sides would go into the break level pegging after an end to end first half, but the second half showcased what the Motherwell side were really capable of.
After a physical first ten minutes, Motherwell were ahead for the first time of the match. Caitlin Russell found space on the left-hand side of the pitch and drilled her shot low and hard into the net.
Following the goal, it was Glasgow Girls who seemed the more dangerous side with numerous chances, but it would be the Steelwomen who would strike a fatal blow to their chances of getting something from the game.
Motherwell would strike twice in a matter of minutes. Firstly, Kirsty McLaughlin found herself in space and lifted the ball over the onrushing keeper and into the net. And then Cunningham added another to her tally for the day from a free kick from some way out, which struck a defender and spun into the net.
The hosts tried to fight their way back into it but ‘Well would add more misery to the hosts by striking their sixth and final goal just before full time. Sammy Hare was played in on goal and she calmly slotted home to round off a superb second half performance from Motherwell.
Victory for ‘Well sends them top of SWPL2, next up for the ladies is St Johnstone at home on Sunday, 22 April.