AMERICAN striker Savannah Jordan scored her second hat-trick in as many competitive games for Glasgow City as the 10-time champions swept aside Stirling University at the Excelsior, writes Alan Campbell.
The highly-rated 21-year-old joined City in January and scored three against Jeanfield Swifts in the first round of the SWPL Cup.
Another winter signing, midfielder Noelle Murray, made it 2-0 at half-time. City added five more in the second half with skipper Leanne Ross, Keeva Keenan and Kodie Hay grabbing the other goals in a 7-0 win.
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City head coach Scott Booth said: “Last season we played Stirling in the first game as well and it was only 1-0 – so I’ve got to be happy with that.
“We kept the gas on in the second half and it was quite easy in the end. Savannah has had two competitive games and two hat-tricks. She can get goals in different ways and also holds the ball in really well.”
Booth was able to make the short trip south after the final whistle to watch next week’s opponents, Celtic, in their away match at newly promoted Hamilton Accies.
A Courtney White header gave Celtic the lead and Heather Richards doubled the advantage via a deflection. Hamilton got a goal back near the end but Celtic, who finished third last season, ran out 2-1 winners.
Hibernian got the new campaign off to a racing start against Rangers at New Tinto Park, with Abi Harrison, Lucy Graham and Siobhan Hunter putting their side 3-0 up within half an hour. Graham added a second later on in a 4-2 victory.
In the other SWPL1 match, Aberdeen needed two second-half penalties to earn a draw at home to Spartans.