Sunday, 3rd October 2021
Scottish Women’s Premier League 2
Queen’s Park 0
Glasgow Women 2 (Cara Henderson 20’; Mhairi Lyle 87’)
Queen’s Park suffered a 2–0 loss to Glasgow Women in the SWPL 2 on Sunday afternoon. Goals from Cara Henderson and Mhairi Lyle secured all three points for the visitors at the Toryglen Regional Football Centre.
Head Coach Barry Rodgers made four changes to the side that faced St Johnstone last weekend. Rachael Caddell returned in goal in place of Truly Pollard, Holly McIndoe replaced Frances Hopgood, Cara Anderson replaced Gillian Sloey, while the absent Emily Shearer was replaced by a trialist.
The visitors started brightly, winning their first corner within two minutes and creating chances from the off. The Spiders survived a couple of early scares, with Sophie McGoldrick and Cara Henderson a constant threat to the Queen’s Park rear-guard, and soon started to settle more into the game, enjoying some possession but without really threatening a well-organised Glasgow Women defence.
Queen’s Park did well to win a free-kick in the 19th minute, and Kinga Koronkiewicz took it well, but it went just over the bar. Just a few moments later, Glasgow Women forward Cara Henderson found herself on the receiving end of a great pass from Sophie McGoldrick, and Henderson made no mistake as she skipped past the onrushing defenders and fired past goalkeeper Rachael Caddell to give her side the lead.
The Spiders did manage to create a couple of half-chances late in the first half; Mhairi Fyfe fired in a weak shot which failed to trouble Kendall Welsh in the 30th minute, and a few minutes later Holly McIndoe also tried her luck from distance, but unfortunately her speculative shot went over the bar.
HALF TIME: Queen’s Park 0 Glasgow Women 1
The early stages of the second half were relatively uneventful in comparison to what had gone before, with little in the way of clear cut chances being created at either end. Barry Rodgers made his first change in the 63rd minute, as Cara Anderson was replaced by recent signing Gillian Sloey. Ten minutes later, Frances Hopgood was subbed on in place of the Queen’s Park captain, Lauren Ray, who had to receive treatment from the physio.
Koronkiewicz then had one of the better chances of the second half when the Spiders managed to win another free-kick in the 75th minute, but her well-taken shot was saved by Welsh. In the 85th minute, Fyfe managed to win a penalty as she was brought down in the box by a Glasgow Women defender; unfortunately, Sloey was unable to convert from the spot. Moments later, second-half substitute Mhairi Lyle made it two for the visitors, ending any hopes of a late comeback.
FULL TIME: Queen’s Park 0 Glasgow Women 2
Queen’s Park are back in action on Sunday, 10th October against Stirling University at home.
QUEEN’S PARK STARTING XI: Rachael Caddell (GK), Demi Potts, Cara Anderson (Gillian Sloey, 63’), Louisa Boyes (Hannah Fulton, 90′), Holly McIndoe, Trialist, Samantha Davies, Mhairi Fyfe, Lauren Ray (C; Frances Hopgood, 73’), Kinga Koronkiewicz, Lauren Kerr (Abbi McDonald, 90′) | SUBSTITUTES: Truly Pollard (GK), Jayne Cameron.
GLASGOW WOMEN STARTING XI: Hannah Cunningham, Eve Donald, Lucy Ronald, Cara Henderson, Kaitlyn Canavan (Leah Robinson, 86′), Jade Wilson, Sophie McGoldrick, Taylor Davis, Nyla-Jay Murphy (Shivohn Honeyman, 21′), Kendall Welsh (GK), Mollee Ramsay (Mhairi Lyle, 86′) | SUBSTITUTES: Chloe Gibney (GK), Natasha Hoole, Jodie Bell, Carys Flanagan.