There may not have been any SWPL 1 games today, but the SWPL 2 produced four superb games. Forfar Farmington, Hearts and Glasgow Girls kept up their 100% start to the season, whilst Edinburgh University Hutchison Vale picked up their first win of the season to move up to fourth.
Forfar Farmington 5-3 Motherwell
Forfar Farmington remained top of the SWPL 2 after beating Motherwell 5-3, but had to survive a late comeback. With ten minutes remaining, Forfar had been 5-0 up, but Motherwell scored three late goals.
They took the lead in the 19th minute when Cheryl Kilcoyne curled the ball past the Motherwell keeper Lauren McGregor from the edge of the box. Soon after, Forfar won a penalty which was converted by Nicola Davidson.
It would take until the 70th minute for the home side to further extend their lead. Although Robyn Smith’s initial shot was saved by McGregor, Smith reacted quickest to the rebound to fire the ball into the net.
Two minutes later, it was 4-0. Kayleigh Noble’s cross picked out Kilcoyne who managed to score her second goal of the game from close range. Then, Megan McCarthy’s lobbed finish made it 5-0.
However, Motherwell did not give up. Nicole Goodwin’s goal made it 5-1 and then Pamela Liddell and Stacey Cook further reduced the deficit to 5-3.
Hearts 2-0 Jeanfield Swifts
Hearts moved up to second in the SWPL 2 after beating Jeanfield Swifts 2-0. This was a clash between two of the best attacking sides in the league last season, and the game was a tight encounter with both sides creating numerous chances. Jeanfield had more chances than Hearts, but far too often, they failed to test Hearts’ keeper Ashley Watson.
Hearts took the lead with the last effort of the first half, coming from a free-kick won on the left-wing, near the corner flag. Michaela McAlonie curled the ball towards the far post where the unmarked Stacey Hutchison’s half-volley found the back of the net, despite the keeper’s valiant attempts
Just after the hour mark, Jeanfield should have equalised in a manner that was similar to Hearts’ opener. Jade McDonald’s cross picked out Ellie Cowie at the far post, but her shot lacked power and a Hearts’ defender reacted quickly to clear the ball off the line.
Hearts then doubled the lead with a stunning goal. Ashley Carse used her strength to hold off a Jeanfield defender, then exchanged a one-two with Kara Kidd before curling the ball into the top corner.
Edinburgh University Hutchison Vale 3-0 East Fife
Edinburgh University Hutchison Vale picked up their first win of the season to move up to fourth place.
Both EUHV and East Fife went into the game without a single point, but the home side could have taken the lead in the fifth minute with Karen Hanson’s shot hitting the post.
In the 11th minute, EUHV did take the lead. Nichola Sturrock’s through-ball played in Hannah Craig, and her powerful shot found the top corner.
East Fife came close to an equaliser in the 25th minute, but EUHV’s keeper Katharine Grant denied the visitors’ with a superb save.
Just before half-time, EUHV scored two goals in two minutes. Having won the ball herself, Sturrock picked out the back of the net from close range. Then, in the next minute, Hanson ran from the half-way line to score their third.
EUHV needed their keeper and defender Louise Kerr to keep out East Fife just before the referee blew for half-time.
The home team had to play the final 15 minutes with ten players after Kerr was shown a red card after fouling an East Fife attacker and denying a clear goalscoring opportunity, but the away team would also be reduced to ten players in the final seconds.
Buchan 0-1 Glasgow Girls
Glasgow Girls beat Buchan 1-0 to remain in third place in the SWPL 2.
The game would be a close encounter with the only goal coming in the 60th minute through Samantha McPherson’s strike.
Buchan drop down to 6th place after the defeat.