#UWCL : Kirsty Howat hits hat-trick for Glasgow City

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Friday’s UEFA Women’s Champions League qualifying mini-tournaments saw the hopes of Cardiff Met, Linfield and Wexford Youths all ended but Glasgow City still have the chance to go through.

Glasgow City responded to their defeat at the hands of Anderlecht by thrashing Georgian side Martve 7-0.

Abbi Grant got an early goal and doubled the lead by half time but it was a Kirsty Howat hat-trick which made the points totally safe. Jo Love then found the net from 35 yards out and Jenna Clark completed the scoring.

Scott Booth’s side finish their group games at Oriam against Polish outfit Górnik Leczna, who lead the table after defeating Anderlecht with a goal by Sylwia Matysik.

Cardiff Met suffered a second defeat, going down to a Kharkiv side who played the last 25 minutes with only 10 players.

Yuliia Shevchuk and Olha Ovdiychuk had the Ukrainian side 2-0 up in just 10 minutes and although Jessica Westhoff replied, Iryna Kochnyeva restored the two-goal cushion before the break.

Lucy Finch conceded an own-goal, Erin Murray got the Archers’ second and Daryna Apanaschenko made it 5-2.

Cardiff finish up against Maltese side Birkirkara in Monday’s final group games, when they need to avoid defeat to take third place.

Olimpia Cluj were pegged back by Birkirkara in a dramatic first 45, as Mara Bâtea’s opener was quickly cancelled out by Kimberly Parnis, the Romanian side then had captain Iona Bortan sent off, Andreea Voicu missing a penalty soon after but Phoenetia Browne restoring the lead on half time.

Cristina Carp later bagged a brace, Mihaela Ciolacu and Voicu one apiece in a 5-2 scoreline.

Irish duo eliminated

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Ajax made it back to back wins in Group 1 with a 2-0 result against Linfield, Iina Salmi and Vanity Lewerissa scoring before Kirsty McGuinness missed a 70th-minute penalty.

Wexford were beaten 3-0 by Iceland’s Thór/KA, with the game effectively over inside 20 minutes, as Sandra Jessen,
Hulda Björg Hannesdóttir and Hulda Osk Jonsdóttir all got early goals. Wexford created enough chances to get back in the game but were unable to find the net.

Ajax lead the group on goals scored and although the Irish pair are out, they have pride to play for at Seaview on Monday.