MATCH REPORT: BSC GLASGOW 2-3 FALKIRK WOMEN

Falkirk travelled to Glasgow on Sunday to face BSC Glasgow in a League One fixture which had been postponed pre-winter break.

Within the first five minutes we were already creating chances. A goal kick from BSC Glasgow was intercepted by Kirsty Gilbert who played the ball through to Claudia Stewart. She hit a brilliant shot towards the bottom right corner but it went narrowly wide past the post.

With play back in the hands of BSC, a goal kick was once again intercepted by Falkirk. The ball was passed to Suzanne Wyatt, whose shot from inside the box flew straight past the keeper into the back of the net for the opening goal of the game.

Following the goal, Falkirk kept up the pressure forcing a number of corners. Ellie Roberts delivered some excellent crosses into the box, however the BSC Glasgow defence were on hand to clear any danger. Not all of her crosses were deflected though, as one made its way to Claudia Stewart who struck the ball down the middle of the goal in the 24th minute of the game to double Falkirk’s lead.

BSC Glasgow were awarded a free-kick in a dangerous position shortly after conceding. Glasgow’s number nine stepped up and made no mistake from the dead-ball situation, halving the deficit and giving her team a way back into the game. Despite the Glasgow side pulling one back, Falkirk still showed strength and confidence throughout the entirety of the first half. Iona Bridges and Megan Black were both on their game, showing their defensive capabilities and determination to keep the ball away from our side of the pitch.

 

Towards the end of the first half Falkirk got their third goal. Stewart found the ball at her feet and took a chance to shoot, hitting the roof of the net for her second of the game despite the Glasgow keeper’s best attempts to keep it out.

BSC won another free-kick just before the half-time break.The effort was on target, however Rachel Pirie made a diving save to stop the goal bound shot in what was the last action of the half.

The play in the second half shifted more towards the Glasgow side, who displayed a much stronger performance in the later stages of the game. BSC managed to pull another goal back when their number two scored in the 63rd minute, putting pressure on the Falkirk side.

Falkirk didn’t take their foot off the pedal though and created a number of decent chances throughout the second half. Caitlyn Stewart changed the game after coming on as a substitute, managing to win the ball on many occasions and driving up the pitch for a chance at a goal. None of the chances created would result in a goal but Falkirk managed to keep their opponents at bay and see the game out for the win.

It was a strong performance from the girls and an additional three points sees them go above Westdyke in the table, taking the second promotion spot. They will be hoping to keep the pressure on as they take on Gleniffer Thistle at home next Sunday.

LINE-UP: Rachel Pirie, Megan Black, Lauren Shaw, Iona Bridges, Ellie Roberts, Teri-Louise Deegan, Claudia Stewart (sub Caitlyn Stewart), Lauren Simmons (sub Charlotte Holden), Carolanne Cullen, Suzanne Wyatt, Kirsty Gilbert (sub Avril Johnstone).

UNUSED SUBS: Sarah-Louise Waugh, Amy Rafferty, Kirsty McLeod

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