By Ben Johnston

Glasgow City had to overcome a very tough defensive display from Motherwell at the Penny Cars Stadium to win 3-0 in SWPL action.

Motherwell tried to tighten up after 2 defeats on the bounce including a 6-0 defeat to Hibernian last week. But goals from Leanne Ross, Jo Love and Tyler Toland ensured a hard-fought win for Scott Booth’s side.

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City got the win. (Photo by Ross MacDonald/SNS Group via Getty Images)

Glasgow City are currently battling injury and fatigue, only having three fit outfield players to call upon from their bench, however, experience paid off for them once again as they ensured their 100% record remained. Here are three things we learned.

Motherwell’s shape

Trying to combat their leaky defence, Motherwell seemed to have a system in place with two banks of four but also a player between the defence and the midfield. Although this did work for the majority of the game it left them very isolated up top.


Only one shot would come over the entire game. This did prove difficult for City to get past, but with not much going on at the other end, it was hard to see a possible result for Motherwell.

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A poor afternoon for Motherwell . (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

Tiredness and injury

This City side only four days ago played 120 minutes of football after going to a penalty shootout against Peamount in a first round Champions League qualifier. This seemed to impact the side in the first half.

They looked very sluggish going forward and gave the ball away quite a lot. There wasn’t a lot they could do in fairness as they only had three fit outfield players on the bench as the team is plagued with injuries, not allowing them to change up the team and give key players a rest.

Crosses make the difference

One thing Glasgow did very well was hit the by-line and put the ball into the box. All three goals came from crosses, the first a cross that was blocked by the Motherwell left-back’s hand which resulted in a brilliant Ross penalty.

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Booth’s side got the won. (Photo by Ross MacDonald/SNS Group via Getty Images)

The second was a cross not defended well which the Motherwell goalkeeper tipped onto the bar, only to fall to Glasgow City’s Love at the back post and finally a great volleyed finish from Toland after she was found for her first goal for Glasgow.

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