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Gunners too strong for City

Monday, 25 February 2013

Last week Arsenal’s Chief Operations Director, Vic Akers, admitted he would like to see Scottish champions Glasgow City admitted to the English league and on Sunday the clubs clashed in what was billed the ‘Battle of Britain’.


The Gunners, English champions for the last nine seasons, proved too strong for their Scottish counterparts and ran out comfortable 5-0 winners at Petershill Park.
Arsenal took just four minutes to make the breakthrough with former Hibs midfielder Kim Little netting from the penalty spot after Gemma Davison had been brought down by Nicky Docherty.
Eager to impress new boss Shelley Kerr, the Arsenal players went about their business in a controlled and professional manner ahead of their Champions League quarter-final tie against Italian side Torres in a few weeks time.
The London side didn’t have it all their own way and City were unlucky not to level when Danni Pagliarulo’s shot crashed back into play off the crossbar and Ruesha Littlejohn’s attempt from the rebound was cleared from the line.
Goals from Jordan Nobbs and Ellen White saw Arsenal extend their lead to 3-0 after just 21 minutes play.
In between those goals, City again struck the woodwork with Pagliarulo’s header hitting the post.
The impressive Rachel Yankey put the game beyond City 10 minutes from the half-time interval when she broke clear of the home defence before slotting beyond the advancing Lee Alexander.
Arsenal continued to dominate during the second half with the final goal of the afternoon coming from the City’s Danica Dalziel who accidently turned a cross into her own net.
Meanwhile, Rangers preparations for the new season continued with an 8-1 victory away to Scottish Women’s Premier League newcomers Kilwinning.
Kathryn Hill (2), Hollie Thomson (2), Hayley Cunningham, Lesley Condie, Linzi Bayne and Jenny Condie were all on target for Angie Hind’s new-look side. Claire Docherty netted the home side’s consolation.
In the Capital Spartans concluded their pre-season campaign with a 3-1 home defeat from city rivals Hibernian at Ainslie Park.
Hibs’ Susan Fairlie opened the scoring early on for the team in green before further strikes from youngsters Katey Turner and Caroline Weir sealed victory. Louise Mason pulled a goal back for Spartans late on.
Elsewhere, Hutchison Vale defeated Cowdenbeath 6-1 thanks to goals from Laura Gavin (3), Kat Smart, Kate Sheppard and Christie Kerr.
At Station Park Forfar Farmington defeated Hamilton Academical 3-2 thanks in no small part to a hat-trick from Caroline Heron.
In other games Raith Rovers and Falkirk Reserves shared eight goals, Tayside Ladies drew 2-2 with Jeanfield, East Fife defeated Glasgow Girls 2-0 and Kilwinning SC Development edged out Viewfield Rovers 3-2.
And finally Troon Ladies in their last game before they amalgamated with Glasgow Girls FC to become Glasgow Girls LFC in Division 1 came out 5-0 winners over Dumfries Ladies. Dumfries Ladies 0-5 Troon Ladies FC. Scorers for Troon - Samantha McManus (3), Jillsy Campbell (1) Ali Meffan(1)

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Littlejohn holds off Nobbs [Image: Graeme Berry]

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