Van Wyk stunner puts Glasgow City on the brink of Scottish Premier League title

By Samuel Ahmadu
Janine Van Wyk scored another great goal to keep Glasgow City in the frame for the Scottish Women’s Premier League title following a 4-1 win against Hearts in Wednesday’s encounter.

Following a 0-0 draw with Hibernian last week, Scott Booth’s team went into the contest with the hopes of maintaining lead in title pursuit in this campaign, and superbly achieved the result.

Van Wyk had won the Player of the Match following her impactful display in 4-2 triumph over Motherwell last time out, and she continued with her superb scoring form against Hearts.

Having failed to claim the three points at Hibernian, City made a promising start as Hayley Lauder’s eight-minute strike gave them a half time lead at the Falkirk Stadium.

The visitors, however, found their way back into the encounter when Mariel Kaney struck three minutes after the restart to cancel out Lauder’s early opener.

Seconds before the hour mark, Van Wyk picked the ball up on the edge of the box and fired into the top corner a stunner from 30 yards out to recover the lead for City.

The hosts increasingly built on their dominance when Niamh Farrelly netted the third of the encounter from a goalmouth scramble to open a two-goal lead in the 63rd minute before Aoife Colvill tapped in the fourth 10 minutes from time to wrap up the triumph.

Van Wyk, who was in action from start to finish has now scored her three goals for Glasgow City in this campaign. Her South Africa compatriot Ode Fulutudilu, who scored six goals in six games, featured for 64th minute of the encounter.

The win saw City maintained a three-point lead at the top of the SWPL 1 with 50 points from 19 games – just three from confirming their title defence with two matches left to play.

Van Wyk and Fulutudilu will be hoping to ensure their side secure the title when they visit fourth placed Spartans in their next fixture on Sunday.

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