Rangers suffered defeat against Glasgow City despite an industrious performance. Goals from Hayley Lauder and two from Sam Kerr in the second half gave the visitors the win.
It was a Rangers side who worked hard throughout and did well to keep their defensive discipline against a very good City side. The hosts were on the back foot from the start as it took City just two minutes to open the scoring. A 25-yard wonder strike from Lauder left Jordyn Elliot helpless as the ball found the top corner.
From there you could be forgiven for fearing the worst. Kerr had a shot saved shortly after the goal as City looked to double the lead. However, Rangers worked tirelessly and did well to restrict the league champions. Rachael O’Neil and Chelsie Watson particularly put in a good shift in the heart of the defence.
Rangers came agonisingly close to levelling the scoreline. A Clare Gemmell corner was almost headed into her own net by Megan Foley, but City managed to clear the ball before Rangers could pounce.
A rare lapse in the Rangers’ defence allowed Noelle Murray to run through on goal. Elliot got the best of the striker and pulled off a fine save to keep the deficit at only one.
Another Gemmell delivery gave Rangers a chance to equalise before the break. However, no one could get on the end of her cross as it was eventually gathered by Lee Alexander in the City goal.
An early goal in the second half looked to make the points safe for City. Kerr finished past Elliot after a delivery from Murray. A blow for the Blue Belles when it became apparent that their efforts for the day were going to result in little reward in terms of league points.
Lisa Swanson worked tirelessly and ran her legs off and as she battled hard. Her efforts were almost rewarded as she ran through on goal after long ball from Elliot. Swanson’s shot went wide of the mark.
Kerr got her second of the game and City’s third. Running on to a through ball from Foley she coolly finished under Elliot. A fine finish but a shame from Elliot to concede three goals in a game she played so well.
A big chance for Rangers to pull one back as Hannah Robertson managed to work through the defence to go through on goal. With just the ‘keeper to beat, it was Alexander who came out on top as she produced a great save to deny Robertson.
It was a tough game but not without it’s positives for Rangers. Amy McDonald will now focus on getting her side ready for Wednesday night’s match against Stirling University.
Wednesday’s match will be played in Eastwood Park at the Giffnock Soccer Centre. Kick off will be at 7:45pm and admission will be £5 for Adults, £2 for Concessions and kids go free.
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