Aberdeen 8-1 Glasgow Women: Dons 'show their quality' in big win
Aberdeen “showed their quality” believed hat-trick hero Eilidh Shore as the SWPL 2 winners blew away a depleted Glasgow Women 8-1 at Cormark Park.
Shore hit a hat-trick as the Dons moved 10 points clear at the top ahead of a title party on Sunday.
Bailley Collins and Bayley Hutchison bagged doubles, while captain Kelly Forrest grabbed her first goal of the season in the rout.
“It was really good,” Shore told Anyone’s Game. “Right from the start we showed what we were capable of and we continued that in the second half as well, so overall it was a really positive performance.
“It probably should've been more. I don’t score too often so to get a hat-trick feels nice, but I am just happy to contribute and help the team out to get another win.
“We have a really strong team and good depth of squad so it was good to get some younger players on. It shows the quality in the team that players can come on and maintain that standard.”
The hosts were given a guard of honour by the visitors before kick off and securing the title and promotion last weekend.
And the Dons showed just why they are champions in a stunning start that had them 3-0 up inside seven minutes through an opener from Collins inside 30 seconds, before a brace from Hutchison.
The Dons played some slick football and Fraser continued her fine opening to the game contributing with another assist - this time for Shore to head home to make it four.
With conceding so early, Glasgow’s heads could’ve dropped as they struggled to get a foothold on the game. However, they did get a consolation with half an hour played with a rare counter attack leading to a shot from distance from Rosie McQuillian , lobbing goalkeeper Gail Gilmour and reaching the net.
Shore and Hutchison both hit the woodwork before the break and the Dons continued their domination into the second half.
There was a debut for goalkeeper Kirsten Pratt while Lauren Gordon, Hannah Innes and Nadia Sopel were also given run outs as Emma Hunter rang the changes.
Aberdeen struck the woodwork for a third time through Eva Thomson before Forrest, on her return to the team after serving a suspension, fired in a rebound to make it 5-1.
Shore completed her hat-trick either side of another goal for Collins, and Gordon twice went close to making it nine; firing over then being denied by a fine save when played through on the goalkeeper.
Aberdeen will lift the trophy after their final SWPL 2 match on Sunday against Boroughmuir Thistle at the Balmoral Stadium in Cove, while Glasgow Women host Queens Park as they look to hold onto seventh spot.
Anyone’s Game Player of the Match
Anyone in red could have been in contention for this accolade with even the substitutes not looking out of place in the system the management team wants to implement. However, Eilidh Shore didn’t just score a hat-trick but she also was all over the park making good runs and was very tenacious in the middle of the park to win the ball back quickly if it was lost.
Attacker Francesca Ogilvie was also in fine form before being replaced midway through the second half. She was a constant threat down the flanks, always willing to take a player on but also provided several assists for her team mates despite her battle with Bayley Hutchison to finish as top scorer.