An excellent first half strike from Katie McCabe gave Glasgow City a crucial 1-0 win over Hibernian in the race to the Scottish Building Society Premier League title.
It was an outstanding first half display from City and the lead could have been more damaging for the visitors if it wasn’t for a couple of excellent saves from Jenna Fife in nets for Hibernian.
City started the match really strongly and it seemed only a matter of time before the chances created eventually resulted in a goal and when it came it was worth waiting for. McCabe, on loan from Arsenal had previously had an effort from the edge of the box only to see it expertly saved by Fife but this time the Hibs keeper could do nothing to stop the Irish international captain firing into the bottom corner from a similar distance.
Hayley Lauder was also troubling the Hibernian keeper and Fife was called into action just after the half hour mark to tip a fine strike from Lauder over the cross bar.
After the break, Hibs came back into the game and had a great chance to equalise when Lucy Graham was played through on goal. Out rushed Lee Alexander to narrow the angle and the City stopper did what was needed as Graham lofted her effort over the cross bar.
McCabe tested Fife again with another good shot before Alexander had to make a double save to keep her side in front.
As the game wore on, City professionally saw the match to a close.
Overall it was a fast paced highly entertaining match from the nation’s two best sides. A great advert for the Scottish game.
Commenting, City Head Coach, Scott Booth said, “We were absolutely excellent in the first half and moved the ball really well and I thought we were more than deserving of our lead at half time. In the second half we played well as a unit and I am delighted with the performance and the three points.”
City now move five points clear in the League but Hibernian have a game in hand. The two sides will meet again on 12th November.
City are back in action as soon as this Sunday when they welcome Rangers to Petershill Park for a 4pm kick off. The team then fly out Monday morning for the long trip to Kazakhstan for their last 32 Champions League match against BIIK-Kazygurt. The return leg for that match is Thursday 12th October, 7.30pm at Petershill Park and tickets are on sale now via http://www.glasgowcityfc.co.uk
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