Rangers 0-2 Glasgow City: Scott Booth hails 'big game player' Lee Alexander
Match report and reaction as Glasgow City move five points clear in SWPL 1
Lee Alexander is a “big game player” said Glasgow City head coach Scott Booth as the Scottish champions beat Rangers 2-0 to move five points clear in SWPL 1.
A first half Priscila Chinchilla double at the Rangers Training Centre put City firmly in the driving seat in the title race.
However, Booth reserved special praise for his goalkeeper who produced a number of saves to keep the home side at bay.
“She’s done that for us on I don’t know how many occasions now since I’ve been at the club,” said Booth.
“She’s an excellent goalkeeper and showed it again today. You need that in games against teams who are going to be able to cause you problems and create chances. You need a goalkeeper to be on form and Lee certainly was.”
Rangers are now third in the table after Celtic - who face Glasgow City on Wednesday - leapfrogged them with a 3-0 win over Motherwell.
City started the game on the front foot, and scored the game's opener a with just 90 seconds on the clock.
Hayley Lauder picked up Chantelle Swaby’s clearance to tee up Chinchilla, who couldn’t get a clean swing at it first time. But her second attempt was smashed off the post and into the back of the net.
Rangers looked unsettled after conceding so early. City went close again when Ode Fulutidulu was put through one-on-one with goalkeeper Jenna Fife, but her shot trickled past.
Fulutidulu worked Fife again after a great exchange between Chinchilla and Julia Molin.
Alexander made the first of a number of superb saves to deny Sam Kerr at the other end.
It was 2-0 when Chinchilla had the pace to dart away from the Rangers defence and dink the ball over the outstretched Fife to double her team's advantage.
Molin had to be replaced by Mairead Fulton with half time approaching after a nasty clash of heads with Brogan Hay.
Rangers improved after the break. Alexander saved well from Kerr, then the hosts won a succession of corners but City were able to clear.
Both sides hit the woodwork. City’s Megan Foley hit the top of the bar from a wind assisted cross, before Hay’s cross-come-shot hit a post.
Kirsten Reilly and Chelsea Cornett both had opportunities but couldn’t get Rangers back into the game, and instead City threatened a third with Mairead Fulton, Leanne Crichton and Clare Shine all threatening.
Player of the match - Priscilla Chinchilla
The Anyone’s Game player of the match was Priscilla Chinchilla who was a constant bright spark in every attack. She took both her goals really well and clearly looks like a player who could be the game changer if City are going to keep up their unbeaten form since the restart and claim yet another league title.