Glasgow City 8-0 Motherwell: Scott Booth hails on-form striker Ode Fulutudilu after rout
Ode Fulutudilu’s emphatic start to her Glasgow City career has taken the pressure off the other players believes head coach Scott Booth, as she netted another hat-trick in the 8-0 thrashing of Motherwell.
The South African has now scored two trebles since her arrival at the 13-in-a-row champions as City moved above Rangers in the SWPL on goals scored.
And Booth said it “had been a good day all round” as his side made it 18 goals unanswered in their three games since the league returned.
“It’s great for Ode,” Booth told Anyone’s Game.
“That’s two weeks and two hat tricks and she looked a lot more comfortable again today. I think goals are going to be important and it’s nice that she’s right in amongst them at the moment.
“It just takes a little more of the pressure off of other players.”
He added: “I'm just delighted to get the three points, keep a clean sheet and score some goals again.”
Aofie Colvill and Lauren Davidson both scored doubles in the rout, with Leanne Crichton also netting late on. And it could have been nine only for Leanne Ross to miss a penalty.
The hosts were almost 1-0 up with less than a minute played after a defence splitting pass sent Colvill through on goal with just the goalkeeper to beat but she fired wide.
But she soon broke the deadlock when she pounced in the box after Motherwell failed to clear a corner.
Colvill and Davidson had chances before Fulutudilu made it 2-0 after just 11 minutes with a header.
Fulutudilu twice went close to doubling her tally, but instead it was Colvill who made it 3-0 from close range.
One way pressure continued for the hosts with Colvill, Davidson and Zanteta Wyne threatening.
Fulutudilu turned and finished with her back to goal from 12 yards out for her second of the match.
Superb build up play saw Fulutudilu lay-up Davidson to fire high into the net to make it 5-0.
Aand before the hour mark it was six when Fulutudilu fired in at the back post.
Davidson unleashed a powerful shot from around 35 yards out high into the net to make it seven.
City veteran Leanne Crichton marked her return to the side by striking a neat shot from the edge of the box into the net to make it eight goals with no reply for the hosts.
With minutes remaining, Ross hit the crossbar with a penalty after second half substitute Mairead Fulton was fouled in the box. Then she fired a free kick an inch above the bar as she tried to make amends for the penalty miss.
Player of the Match - Ode Fulutudilu
It wasn’t just all about goals for the South African international against Motherwell, she got in among the assists too in what was an outstanding shift up top for Glasgow City.
She looked dangerous every time the ball was played in behind the Motherwell defence and her goals could be crucial in the title race with Glasgow City and Rangers still level on points.
That’s 18 goals in just three games since the restart for City with goals spread around the team.