By Tim Oliver
Hibernian 6-0 Aberdeen
— Hibernian Ladies (@HibsLadies) March 20, 2017
Hibernian climbed to the top of the SWPL 1 table after a comprehensive 6-0 win over Aberdeen, but in truth, they were frustrated by an Aberdeen side that was set up with a disciplined 4-5-1 formation. Playing their first game at Ainslie Park since moving stadium, Hibs took the lead in the tenth minute through ex-Aberdeen’s Rachel Small.
It took just seconds for the Edinburgh club to double their lead. Amy Gallacher’s cross picked out Lizzie Arnot who scored from close-range. Their third came in the 55th minute when a throw-in found Arnot in space, and then from 25 yards, her shot found the bottom corner after taking a large deflection off defender Cassie Cowper.
Hibernian’s final three goals came in the final ten minutes. Gallacher’s pass found Turner in the penalty area and her finish gave Mutch no chance in saving.
Amy Gallacher then got Hibernian’s fifth goal and her debut goal. A corner was played short and then Arnot crossed the ball to Gallacher who controlled the ball with her chest and then volleyed the ball into the top corner.
And in the 89th minute, Arnot completed her hat-trick when Cailin Michie’s passed sent Arnot into the box and she picked out the bottom corner with her finish.
Celtic 1-1 Glasgow City
A huge game in the SWPL 1 title race saw Celtic and Glasgow City play out a 1-1 draw.
Celtic took the lead in the 17th minute when Sarah Ewens’ delightful pass picked out Natalie Ross’ late run and her finish beat Lee Alexander in goal.
Glasgow City tried to find an equaliser and Savannah Jordan came close on a couple of occasions, but they couldn’t find a way past Megan Cunningham.
The home side had a couple of chances to double their lead late in the first half with debutante Jaclyn Poucel and ex-City forward Ruesha Littlejohn coming close. Cunningham then had to produce a world-class save to deny Jordan mid-way through the second half.
Kirsty Howat could have made it 2-0, but in the 71st minute, City equalised when a corner was turned into her own net by Kerry Montgomery.
In second-half stoppage time, Natalie Ross nearly scored her second goal, but her shot just went over. City could have scored the winner very late but Megan Foley’s effort hit the crossbar.
Stirling University 5-3 Rangers
— Stirling Uni WFC (@StirUniWFC) March 19, 2017
Stirling University defeated Rangers 5-3 in an entertaining game.
Stirling opened the scoring 14th minute when Beth McKay’s ball picked out Jade Gallon who found the back of the net. Soon after, Nicole Pullar doubled the home team’s advantage.
Things got harder for Rangers as their captain Claire Gemmell was shown a red card. But, despite the player difference, Rangers pulled a goal back when Donnelly’s ball sent Hannah Robertson through and she found the back of the net
And then, Rangers equalised when Claire Adams’ through-ball set up Hannah Robertson’s second goal.
In the second half, Stirling retook the lead through Katy Morris’ header. Their fourth came after some confusion from the match officials with the referee awarding Rebecca Galbraith’s goal after a conversation with the assistant referee.
Rangers pulled a goal back with just one minute of normal time left through Claire Adams’ penalty, but Nicole Pullar’s second goal assured the three points for Stirling.
Hamilton Academical 0-1 Spartans
Spartans continued their unbeaten start to the SWPL 1 season with a 1-0 win over Hamilton Academical.
Both sides had their chances in a goalless half, with Hamilton coming close from a corner and Spartans threatening through Alana Marshall and Carla Boyce.
In the 61st minute, Spartans thought they had taken the lead. Colette Cavanagh’s shot was deflected towards Carla Boyce who found the back of the net, but it was ruled out for offside.
In the 78th minute though, Spartans did take the lead when Simone McMahon scored from a corner.
Buchan 2-1 Edinburgh University Hutchison Vale
Buchan fought back from 1-0 down to defeat Edinburgh University Hutchison Vale to pick up their first win of the season.
Both teams had lost their opening league game and it would take until the 75th minute for either team to make a breakthrough. EUHV’s Fiona Boslem, making her return from injury, scoring through a superb shot that found the bottom corner.
Last Sunday, Buchan conceded late goals but this time, they scored the late goals. Sophie Anderson scored the equaliser, before Jo Murphy scored the winner from the penalty spot.
East Fife 0-1 Hearts
Hearts continued their unbeaten start to the season as they defeated East Fife 1-0.
Playing their first home game of the SWPL 2 season, East Fife faced a Hearts side that is full of goals, but there would just be one goal between the clubs. The only goal came from Stacey Hutchison who scored in the first half.
— Craig Doyle (@cdsportsmedia) March 19, 2017
Glasgow Girls 2-1 Motherwell
Glasgow Girls continued their 100% start to the SWPL 2 season by beating Motherwell 2-1.
These two have only met in the Scottish Cup with one win apiece for both clubs, and Glasgow Girls were the team that won the first game in the league between the sides.
Glasgow Girls’ first goal came in the 71st minute through Lauren Coleman before Kirsty McDonald scored their second six minutes later.
Jeanfield Swifts 1-2 Forfar Farmington
In the battle of the top two sides in the SWPL 2, Forfar Farmington came out on top after a late goal.
The first half was goalless, but Forfar took the lead in the 50th minute when Beth Shillitto’s cross picked out Laura Parsley who fired the ball into the net. However, in the 67th minute, Jeanfield equalised through Danni McGinley from a corner.
It looked like the game would end in a draw until the 86th minute when Forfar scored the winner. This time, Parsley was the provider, picking out Cheryl Kilcoyne who scored from 25 yards.
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