Leith Athletic convincingly beat Spartans Reds 7-0 when they met in the preliminary round of the League Cup at a wet and windy Leith Links on a heavy pitch.
A team is never a one player team but Jodie Glen was very nearly the exception to the rule when she claimed six out of the seven goals that Leith scored with Alexandra Baird chipping in with the other.
Both teams came into the match facing their first competitive game of the season but also in Leiths case this was only their second game ever.
Spartans had no time to settle when Jodie Glen showed her intent in the opening minute when she drove into the box and blasted over the bar from 10 yards out. A minute later she opened the scoring when again she picked up the ball and drove from midfield into the box, but this time she made no mistake and slotted the ball past Amy Gracie in the visitors goal.
Glen was on her bike again but Gracie in the Spartans goal was brave to smother the ball at the midfielders feet and then Kara Lynch showed her defensive qualities minutes later when she halted Alexandra Baird's advancement towards goal.
Spartans Cara Raven Ademis went on a good run down the right hand side of the box but her touch was just a little heavy and Jade Meldrum in the home goal collected. A free kick on the right side of the box provided Spartans with another opportunity, the ball was played in by Kara Lynch which was blocked but Nica Watt was on hand for the rebound but she shot wide of the near post.
Baird took off on a run half the length of the park for the home side to bear down on the Spartans goal but Gracie again did well to come out and clear the danger. Lizzie McElroy minutes later showed a great turn of pace for the visitors to get down the left side and clear the ball for a throw in to Leith.
Glen had the ball in the visitors goal again on 15 minutes but the referee deemed she had gone to soon when she got on the end of Sharleen McEwans 20 yard free kick.
Spartans were given a great chance to put the Leith goal under pressure when they were awarded an indirect free kick eight yards out. Lynch tapped the ball sideways to Watt who struck a fierce shot but Susan Tricia Dodds blocked the shot although she never looked 10 yards back from where the kick was taken.
Just when Spartans looked to have weathered the Leith storm, Glen broke from midfield and powered her way into the right side of the box and slotted home from eight yards out to get her and the home sides second on 21 minutes.
A minutes later and Spartans found themselves further behind when Glen again picked up the ball straight from the restart and strolled through the visitors defence to slot the ball under Gracies body to claim her hat-trick.
Leith won a corner when Stephanie Smiles shot deflected of Watt. The resulting corner was whipped in by Smile's across the face of the visitors goal but their were no takers for Leith. Spartans were having to do a bit of defending and Corinna O'Malley Hamilton was doing that time and time again trying to halt the Leith charge.
Defending was the name of the game again for Spartans when Glen who was a threat every time she came forward took the ball for another run. Gracie did well to stand up and saved Glen's initial shot but the midfielder picked up the loose ball, but just as Glen looked like she would add to her tally, Sophia Calder produced a great goal saving clearance.
Kia Howat then won a stonewall penalty for Leith when she was brought down in the box. After a stoppage for the referee, who else but Glen stepped up and blasted the spot kick into the right hand corner on the 35th minute mark.
Spartans nearly finished the half on a high when Watt found Zoe Hume four yards out who had worked hard all game. Hume hit the shot well but Meldrum stood up well, made herself big and made the save to bring the first half to a end.