Glasgow City 0-0 Peamount United
(Glasgow win 6-5 on penalties)
Peamount United have been knocked out of the Champions League in agonising fashion, losing 5-4 on penalties to Glasgow City after a battling performance that James O'Callaghan's side can be proud of.
Both Áine O'Gorman and Jo Love missed penalties for their respective sides before defender Lauryn O'Callaghan saw her spot-kick saved in sudden death, meaning Glasgow advance to the second qualifying round.
Peamount made a really encouraging start to the game, putting Glasgow under intense pressure at every opportunity and creating chances as well.
Eleanor Ryan-Doyle had two early chances in the opening five minutes. First, she took a Becky Watkins corner down with a quick touch before swinging a shot at goal that was always rising and cleared the crossbar.
Moments later she was in on goal thanks to a perfectly timed through ball from her captain O'Gorman, but she couldn't hit the target.
Glasgow City began to slowly grow into the game after the early scares with Aoife Colvill going close after eight minutes. McLauchlan whipped in a teasing cross for Colvill, who got a slight touch to the ball but not enough to trouble Niamh Reid-Burke.
That early chance saw Glasgow up the intensity levels ever so slightly with Sam Kerr and Lauren Wade probing in midfield as they looked to carve open the impressive Peamount defence. Wade almost did exactly that as she found Kirsty Howat in the box with a perfectly weighted free kick right into the crowded box of players. Howat got a touch on Wades cross but it inched wide of just wide of the post.
The first real test for Reid-Burke came with 25 minutes on the clock as striker Howat drove towards goal before unleashing a shot that the Peamount goalkeeper gathered safely.
Peamount, to their credit, got right in the face of the Glasgow players in every area of the pitch and made things uncomfortable for the home side. Although Glasgow enjoyed plenty of the ball in the first half, their end product in front of goal really let them down with Reid-Burke enjoying a quiet enough 45 minutes.
Howat and Kerr had further chances towards the end of the first half, but two perfectly timed tackles from Claire Walsh ensured the sides went in level at the break.
Glasgow introduced Republic of Ireland international Tyler Toland for the start of the second half, though Clare Shine did not feature.
Howat began the second half just as she had ended the first, her powerful shot was tipped around the post from a fantastic save again from Reid-Burke.
A cheeky free-kick whipped towards goal from Aine O'Gorman then almost caught Alexander out at the near post, but she recovered well to save at the feet of Watkins who had followed the shot all the way in.
Peamount midfielder Lucy McCartan stung the palms of Alexander with a powerful strike from distance but as the game entered the final ten minutes, Glasgow substitute Mairead Fulton almost broke the deadlock for the home side. A ball was played perfectly into her path by Colvill but Reid-Burke got off her line quickly to cut it out.
With seconds to go in injury-time Howat thought she had won it for Glasgow, but the impressive Reid-Burke stood tall again to send the game to extra time.
Peamount should have taken the lead in the opening minute of extra-time with another trademark ping from distance from McCartan bringing the best out of Alexander, who tipped the ball over the bar at full stretch.
Fulton again went close to opening the scoring with a speculative lob but Reid-Burke collected once more and the clock ticked on towards full-time and penalties.
Peamount captain O'Gorman missed her side's third penalty in the shootout with a shot straight down the middle at Alexander before Reid-Burke pulled off a fantastic save from Love's shot to send the shootout to sudden death.
Glasgow converted their next two penalties but Lauryn O'Callaghan saw her shot saved by Alexander, and a relieved home side were into the next round by the smallest of margins.
When the dust settles, Peamount will take huge confidence from their display against a fully professional team after a performance that has done the Women's National League proud.
Glasgow City: Lee Alexander; Rachel McLauchlan, Leanne Ross, Jo Love, Zaneta Wyne; Lauren Wade (Mairead Fulton 71), Leanne Crichton, Sharon Wojcik, Sam Kerr ( Megan Foley 95); Aoife Colvill, Kirsty Howat
Peamount United: Niamh Reid Burke; Dearbhaile Beirne (Sadhbh Doyle 85), Niamh Farrelly, Claire Walsh, Lauryn O'Callaghan; Alannah McEvoy, Lucy McCartan, Karen Duggan, Aine O'Gorman; Becky Watkins (Megan Lynch 73), Eleanor Ryan Doyle
Referee: Sabina Bolic