City girls show gulf in class

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EAST Fife Ladies travelled to Petershill to take on top of the Premier League side Glasgow City in the Scottish Cup on Sunday.

City are unbeaten domestically for over three years and field most of the national squad players, so a very one- sided game was expected.

City capitalised on early pressure to go two up within the first six minutes after precise through-balls caught the Fife defence out.

The third came in the ninth minute after a Leanne Ross corner went in at the near post after a mix-up between Fitzpatrick and Gibson. The fourth came in the 12th minute after a quick throw caught Pattison off guard and Jo Love slotted a beautiful curling left-footed effort into the bottom corner.

The Fifers reorganised and frustrated the City attack, limiting them to long-range effort to keep the half-time score to 4-0.

East Fife came out with a renewed confidence, having stalled the City scoring, and it wasn’t until the 75th minute that the hosts added their fifth with a header at the back-post from Sue Lappin. Gibson kept out a sixth with an outstanding save as the game ended 5-0.

Next up for East Fife Ladies is Celtic at home in the league next Sunday. Player-coach Liz Anderson said: “We were exceptional today. The gulf in class was obvious but we held firm and showed how well we can defend.”