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Wee Mia McAulay was brilliant again today. Had our chances to win the game and didn't take them. 



RANGERS played out a 1-1 draw with Glasgow City in the Scottis hPower Women’s Premier League this afternoon as both sides had to settle for a point at Broadwood Stadium.

In a first half of few clear-cut chances the two teams went in locked goalless at the break. The Light Blues got off to the perfect start after the interval as Mia McAulay continued her fine early season form with the opener before Brenna Lovera levelled up the contest minutes later. Despite further opportunities the two teams couldn’t be separated as the points were shared in Cumbernauld.

Jo Potter named the starting side that ran out 2-1 winners over Hearts in midweek, with the Light Blues operating in a four at the back system for the first time this season.

Lee Gibson was called into early action at Broadwood Stadium. The goalkeeper had to deal with two dangerous Kirsty Maclean deliveries from corner kicks as Rangers ramped up the early pressure.

Glasgow City went close to opening the scoring after five minutes in Cumbernauld. Cori Sullivan sent in an in swinging free kick delivery from close to the corner flag which was met by Brenna Lovera, but the striker’s header came back off the post after an intervention from Jenna Fife.

Meikayla Moore almost diverted the ball into her own net after a fast-paced start in the contest. Rachel McLauchlan latched onto Kathryn Hill’s long diagonal down the right flank before swinging a ball in which came off the defender’s chest and went narrowly wide of the post.

Captain Hayley Lauder found herself in a dangerous position in the Rangers penalty area but was unable to make the most of the opportunity. The away side advanced down the right channel before the midfielder was picked out inside the box, but her shot was blocked by the recovering Hill.

The contest remained tight in the opening 25 minutes. Both sides were keeping safe possession but clear-cut chances remained few and far between in a close opening affair in Cumbernauld.

Kirsty Howat managed to break the offside trap as she was slipped through by Rio Hardy. The two strikers combined but the former saw her ambitious looping effort sail over the bar at the angle on the right side of the box.

Mairead Fulton went close to catching out Fife with a strike from range. The midfielder picked the ball up on the edge of the area before trying her luck with the keeper slightly off her line, but she managed to back pedal and tip the effort round the post.

The theme of the match continued as the game approached the break. Both sides were cancelling each other out and struggling to create any real openings to get efforts away at goal.

Rangers came out the traps flying and got their reward right at the start of the second half. Kirsty Maclean spotted the run of Mia McAulay who found herself in acres of space down the right channel. The youngster took the long through ball in her stride as she raced through on goal as she finished off the chance sliding it through Gibson’s legs to put the Gers in front.

Glasgow City responded as the game came to life after the restart as they got on level terms. Lauren Davidson carried the ball down the right channel as she found Brenna Lovera in behind, the striker held off the covering Tessel Middag before dispatching the ball beyond Fife to level up the contest.

The Gers had a fantastic opportunity to retake the lead five minutes after the game had settled again through Rio Hardy. The hosts did well down the right side with McAulay who found the striker well placed inside the area, she took her touch and looked to finish but Gibson did well to close down the angle and make the stop from close range.

The Light Blues started building up momentum again after being pegged back in the game. Multiple corners in quick succession came their way but they were unable to make the most of the opportunities. Hardy almost found another opening but the chance was cleared by Claire Walsh who made the challenge.

A chance fell the way of Howat but the forward was unable to turn the ball goalwards. A delivery came in from the right side from McAulay before the Rangers number nine met the ball on the volley, but the effort went just wide of the near post.

Sarah Ewens almost created a chance for Howat as the front players combined for the hosts. The substitute did well to carry the ball to the touch line and pick out a cross, but the delivery was just out of reach for her teammate to turn it beyond Gibson at the back post.

McAulay had a great opportunity for her second of the game and for the Gers to retake the lead. The winger was played in behind again by Maclean as she held off the challenge of Chloe Warrington and homed in on goal, her initial shot was saved well by Gibson before Howat could only turn the rebound that flashed at her quickly wide of the post.

Despite some late pressure from the hosts they were unable to find a winner as both sides had to settle for a point at Broadwood Stadium.

RANGERS: Fife, McLauchlan, Hill, Colson (Middag 45), Docherty, McAulay, Cornet (Ewens 73), Maclean, McLeary, Howat, Hardy

SUBS: Esson, Clark, Jardine, Austin, Berry

GLASGOW CITY: Gibson, Warrington (Weir 84), Lauder, Walsh, Fulton, Lovera (Whelan 68), Davidson, Kozak (Motlhalo 68), Sullivan, Moore, Oskarsson

SUBS: Clachers, Gambone, Wardlaw, Foley, Forrest, Martin

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