Glasgow City and Spartans go top on day one of SWPL season

Glasgow City players celebrate Abbi Grant's goal.
Glasgow City players celebrate Abbi Grant's goal

Reigning Scottish Women's Premier League champions Glasgow City started the new season with a comfortable 5-0 win away to Hutchison Vale.

The result is the perfect preparation ahead of next Sunday's visit of PSG in the Uefa Champions League.

Spartans joined City at the league summit with a 5-0 win over Forfar, and Kevin Murphy's Rangers scored four against his old club Hamilton.

There were also wins for Aberdeen and Hibernian.

Inverness City and Stirling University drew 1-1 in the league's other match.

"Today was a good start to our League campaign and the first 11 reflected the good work done by those not on international duty in the build-up to the game," said Glasgow City assistant head coach Donald Jennow.

"In the first half we tried to make the best of the conditions, which in my opinion are not up to Premier League standards. We created good chances but were not as clinical as we could have been.

"The second half was an improvement. Our midfield stepped up higher when we had the ball which allowed more sustained pressure and the movement of our forward players was far more dynamic.

"Hutchison Vale have added some quality to their squad but our back line dealt well with any threat posed on the counter.

"Our attention now turns to the Champions League and I know that everyone in the squad and the club as a whole is as excited as I am about the next two weeks."

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