SWPL 2 (Game 3) preview – 2/4/17

SWPL 2 (Game 3) preview – 2/4/17

There may be no SWPL 1 games this Sunday due to the call-ups for the Scotland Under-19 Elite Round Qualifiers, but there is a full set of SWPL 2 fixtures with four exciting ties for you to watch.

Buchan v Glasgow Girls
Maud Juniors, 2nd April, 1pm

Buchan host Glasgow Girls as they look to win their second home game in a row.

Buchan have had a good start to the 2017 SWPL 2 season but will be feeling unlucky not to have more than the three points they currently have. Thier opening game against Hearts saw the scores level util two late goals saw Hearts win 3-1. In their last game, they hosted Edinburgh University Hutchison Vale (EUHV) and beat them 2-1. This sees them currently sit in 5th place.

Glasgow Girls have begun their season in title form as they look to go one step further than last season. In their opening SWPL 2 match, they beat EUHV 2-1 with their opponents scoring with the last kick of the game. Then in their second league game, they defeated Motherwell by the same to scoreline to moved up to third place.

In 2016, Glasgow Girls won all three games against Buchan.

Buchan could overtake Glasgow Girls with a victory whereas if Glasgow Girls win, they could end up top of the league if results go their way.

Forfar Farmington v Motherwell
Station Park, 2nd April, 1pm

The SWPL 2 leaders Forfar Farmington host a Motherwell side looking to pick up their first point of the season.

Forfar have started the season superbly as they look to secure immediate promotion back to the SWPL 1. They won their opening game of the season 4-1, beating promoted side East Fife before winning their second game of the season, narrowly defeating Jeanfield Swifts 2-1.

Motherwell, since being promoted to the SWPL 2, is one of three teams sitting with no points. It is far too early to read anything into any team’s form but it is obvious to say they will want to pick up points soon. Whilst they lost 3-0 to Jeanfield Swifts in their SWPL 2 debut, their second game was a much closer affair, losing 2-1 to Glasgow Girls. They have shown over the past seasons that they have the ability to move up the table.

Forfar need to win to have a chance to remain in first place, whereas Motherwell could climb up to fifth with a victory.

Edinburgh University Hutchison Vale v East Fife
Peffermill Playing Fields, 2nd April, Kick-off: 1:15pm

Edinburgh University Hutchison Vale (EUHV) host East Fife as both sides look to pick up their first points of the season.

EUHV have yet to win a game since the new partnership with the University was announced, but they will go into this game confident of getting something out of it, due to the closeness of the games so far. Their opening game against Glasgow Girls ended in a 2-1 defeat, but they had their chances to take a point and conceded a wonder goal. Their second game was an away trip to Buchan who continued being their bogey team, as the Aberdeenshire side fought from 1-0 down to win 2-1.

East Fife are currently bottom of the SWPL 2, but their two defeats have had contrasting scorelines. They lost their first game to Forfar Farmington 4-1, but two of their opponents goals came late on. Then, in the second game, they lost 1-0 to Hearts. They have shown so far that they can have a successful season.

Depending on other results, and the scale of the victory, both sides could climb as high as fourth with a win.

Hearts v Jeanfield Swifts
King’s Park, 2nd April, Kick-off: 2pm

In the relative late kick-off, two attacking sides meet in Dalkeith as Hearts host Jeanfield Swifts.

Hearts will be delighted by the way they have started the season, being the only SWPL 2 side to reach the Quarter-Finals of the SWPL Cup and winning their opening two games. Late goals saw them beat Buchan 3-1 on the opening weekend of the SWPL 2 before defeating East Fife in their last league game 1-0. Last Sunday saw their SWPL Cup run come to an end as they lost to Celtic 4-0.

For the second league game in a row, Jeanfield Swifts face a side that was pre-season title favourites and they currently sit three points behind Hearts. Jeanfield picked up an impressive opening day win, beating Motherwell 3-0 before in the last league game, losing 2-1 to Forfar Farmington.

Both of these team possess two of the league’s best forwards from last season: Hearts’ Ashley Carse and Jeanfield’s Danni McGinley, but it would be misleading to say that they are each side’s only threat. Each team is full of exciting attacking players which should make this a fascinating encounter.

Hearts have won all of the five games played between the sides, including three SWPL 2 wins last season. However, the two past games have been victories with a one-goal winning margin.

With a win, both sides could end up top of the league depending on results elsewhere.

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