Strathclyde Telegraph

Glasgow City Ladies March On

WHILE Scottish teams, Celtic, Dundee United, Hearts and Rangers were all humiliated in Europe by suffering early European exits, one side have proudly marched on.

Glasgow City Ladies are into the last 16 of the Women’s Champions League after defeating Icelandic outfit Valur Rekjavik 4-1 on aggregate.

A crowd of 338 watched the first-leg, at Petershill Park in Glasgow, which ended in a 1-1 draw.

Lisa Evans had put the home side ahead after 16 minutes when she pounced on a loose ball to fire home before the Icelandic champions equalised through a Laufey Ólafsdóttir free kick 15 minutes after the restart.

However, a 3-0 return-leg win in Iceland completed a 4-1 aggregate victory.

An early own goal by the home side’s Hallbera Gisladottir set the Scottish Premier League Champions on the road to the greatest win in their 18-year history.

And two quick-fire goals midway through the second half, both by the prolific Evans, saw City through.

It has been another successful season for City as their domination of Scottish women’s football continues.

In between their European ties, City clinched their fifth successive league title.

Up next for City in Europe will be a tough tie against Potsdam.

The German side, Champions League winners two years ago and runners-up last term, thumped Iceland’s Thor Akureyri 14-2 on aggregate in their Round of 32 tie.

Manager Eddie Wolecki Black said: “We’ve grown in maturity in Europe and I’m absolutely delighted for the girls that so much hard work has paid off for them.”

Black added: “Potsdam are going to be very, very difficult but that’s for next month – right now we’re going to enjoy the moment!”}