RANGERS fell to an 8-0 away defeat at league leaders Glasgow City in a tough afternoon for the Gers.
Glasgow City outclassed the Light Blues after four goals in a ruthless first 20 minutes from the home side effectively killed the match off.
The first goal was harsh on the Gers, who had started well, after Terri Donnelly put into her own net. Glasgow City then turned on the style to get three more goals to put the game well beyond Rangers reach. Gers will have been disappointed once again to concede several quick-fire goals in the early stages of a match once again, something the head coach had been critical of ahead of the game.
Second half goals from Kirsty Howat, a double from substitute Jordan McLintock and a Joanne Paton strike added an extra shine to the scoreline for the home side.
In the early stages of the game, the Light Blues were happy to let Glasgow City have the ball in their own half but were tight on the home side as they tried to work their way through the Gers defence. Rangers then tried to press Glasgow City in the middle of the park and got in to good situations on a couple of occasions but were unable to carve a chance.
Glasgow City then took the lead in fortunate circumstances after a low cross from Howat was put into her own net by the diving Donnelly. The Gers will have been disappointed as it was City’s first opportunity of the match.
The home side then doubled their lead when Lara Ivanusa turned on the edge of the box and fired a brilliant shot high into the roof of the net going in off the crossbar. Khym Ramsay had no chance.
The league leaders got the third just three minutes later with Ivanusa bagging her second of the game with a cool finish from midway inside the box.
Following the third goal, Rangers tried pressing the Glasgow City defenders hard as they looked to find a way back into the match after losing three goals in quick succession yet again.
Glasgow City’s fourth goal was a thing of beauty. After a dummy from Jo Love, Hayley Lauder curled a beautiful shot passed the helpless Ramsay from just inside the box.
Rangers were simply blown away in the first 20 minutes by a rampant Glasgow City as the away side’s heads dropped following the fortunate opening goal.
Amy Muir and Hayley Sinclair were Rangers brightest sparks in the first half making a couple of very decent runs down both wings, but the Gers just couldn’t carve an opening.
Rangers had a half chance when Nicole Puller found Carla Boyce in space on the edge of the box, but she fired her shot well over the bar.
Rangers finished the first half very strongly but were unable to create a clear chance despite getting City on the back foot on a few occasions. Glasgow City remained in complete control of the proceedings going into the second half.
In the second half, the Light Blues came out determined to get a goal back, but they couldn’t quite find the final pass they were looking for.
Glasgow City added a fifth goal after a real scramble in the box after the Light Blues couldn’t clear their lines, the ball then found its way Howat who poked home.
Just seconds after coming on, Jordan McLintock scored City’s sixth goal after she turned brilliantly on the edge of the box and fired high into the net before Joanne Paton added a seventh.
Glasgow City got their fourth of the second half and eighth of the game with McLintock stroking home with the last kick of the game.
Rangers will hope to put this heavy defeat well behind them as they head into their next game against Stirling University hoping to get back to winning ways.
RANGERS: Ramsey, Muir, Dalgliesh, Napier, Pullar (Roberstson, 77), Brown, Sinclair, Donnelly, Gemmell, Boyce (McCartney, 77)
SUBS NOT USED: Baillie, Inglis, Watson, Hay
GLASGOW CITY: Alexander, Lauder (Paton, 69), Love, Crichton, Howat, Docherty, Clark, Ross, Girasoli (Cunningham, 45), Foley, Ivanusa (McLintock, 60)
SUBS NOT USED: Clachers, Shine
GOAL SCORERS: Donnelly (OG) 9, Ivanusa 13, 16, Lauder 20 Howat 55 , Paton 79, McLintock 63, 90