The luck of the draw

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SCOTTISH champions Glasgow City have been handed a tough draw in this year’s UEFA Women’s Champions League.

City, who entered the qualifying round as top seeds, face Dutch giants FC Twente, Croatian Champions WFC Osijek and the best side in Malta, Birkirkara FC.

Already being tagged as the toughest group in the opening rounds, City coach Donald Jennow is looking forward to the tournament

He told ExtraSport: “FC Twente qualified for this year’s tournament as winners of the newly-formed Dutch/Belgian league.

“Our Scottish internationalists will be familiar with some of their players from competing against the Dutch in the Cyprus Cup.

“Osijek are a team we faced last year and had to work very hard to beat in the qualifying round.

“They are as strong a pot three team as there is and we are well aware of the challenge they will pose.

“I have no doubt Maltese champions Birkirkara will be well prepared for the game.

“All national champions are used to winning so we will have to ensure we perform at a high level consistently in all three matches.

“Our aim is a simple one — qualify.”

City will play all three games next month in Holland, from August 8 to August 13.

In domestic action, Glasgow City go into the break with their 100 per cent record intact after an impressive 10-0 win over Falkirk.Doubles from Leanne Ross, Suzanne Lappin, Sarah Crilly and strikes from Lisa Robertson, Eilish McSorley and Jo Love ensured victory for reigning champions.

New girl Emily Thomson - a recent signing from Celtic -also managed to grab a goal on her debut.

The SWPL resumes on July 28 where the top six teams will play each other twice as will the bottom six, to ensure a competitive second half of the season.

Head coach Eddie Wolecki Black said: “I am absolutely delighted for everyone at the club.

“We had obviously suffered this season with a number of injuries to key players, but the squad has responded brilliantly winning every game, retaining the League Cup and being top of the table.

“It’s a marvellous way to sign off at the break.”

City are currently top of the league, five points ahead of closest rivals Hibernian.

Mr Black continued: “At this stage of season the tension and excitement begins to take hold. As a club we are determined to have another strong campaign.”