By Tim Oliver
Hearts 3-0 Hamilton Academical
A two-minute double from Ashley Carse saw SWPL 2 side Hearts knockout SWPL 1 Hamilton Academical 3-0. After a goalless first half where neither side managed to test the opposition goalkeeper, the game changed in the 57th minute when a defensive mix-up presented Ashley Carse with an empty goal to score into. The next minute, Carse won a penalty which she converted to double Hearts’ lead.
Hamilton went for broke and created several chances but failed to test Hearts’ keeper Ashley Watson. Late on, Jennifer Dodds marked her debut with a smart finish, picking out the top corner.
Hamilton will be bitterly frustrated that they failed to test Hearts’ keeper Ashley Watson during the match, despite having more chances than the hosts.
East Fife 0-6 Hibernian
The SWPL Cup holders progressed to the Quarter-Finals after a 6-0 win over SWPL debutants East Fife, partly down to an impressive debut by Amy Gallacher where she made a hat-trick of assists.
Hibernian gave a first start to Katey Turner but it was a regular goal-scorer who gave them the lead in the 15th minute. Chelsea Cornet delivered her corner to the far post where Abi Harrison headed the ball into the net. Turner did come close to marking her debut with a goal, but could only shoot over the bar.
Just before half-time, Hibs’ doubled their lead when Joelle Murray’s through-ball set up Cornet whose smart finish gave the East Fife keeper no chance.
At half-time, Gallacher came on to make her Hibs’ debut, and within a minute, she made a perfect impact which explained why Hibs signed her. Gallacher’s through-ball found Lisa Robertson who chipped the keeper. Three minutes later, Robertson scored her second with a lovely volley.
Gallacher provided the assist once again for Hibs’ fifth goal. She broke down the left wing and delivered a dangerous cross which was turned into the East Fife net by a defender.
In the 90th minute, Gallacher’s cross set up Rachel McLauchlan with a close-range finish.
— Hibernian Ladies (@HibsLadies) February 20, 2017
Jeanfield Swifts 0-8 Glasgow City
The six-time SWPL Cup winners Glasgow City progressed to the Quarter-Finals by beating Jeanfield Swifts with new signing Savannah Jordan marking her debut with a hat-trick.
City gave debuts to Lee Alexander, Abbi Grant, Megan Foley and Jordan, with Lauren Silver and Noelle Murray on the bench.
Glasgow City dominated the opening stages with Jordan and Grant coming particularly close. But after Jeanfield tested the City defence for the first time, City finally made their dominance count. Hayley Lauder’s cross picked out Jordan and she headed in her debut goal.
The next minute, City were 2-0 up with two more debutants linking up. Foley’s cross found Grant who headed in her first goal since rejoining the club. Their third came when Jordan picked out Grant before Jordan’s header gave City a 4-0 lead at half-time.
Jeanfield could have pulled a goal back early in the second half but Eilidh McIntyre shot wide, whilst Silver made her debut in the 51st minute.
A superb half-volley from defender Savannah McCarthy put the visitors 5-0 up before a stunning strike from Nicola Docherty secured City’s sixth. City went 7-0 up through a lovely individual goal from Sam Kerr in the 75th minute.
It looked like this would be the final goal of the game but there was just enough time for Jordan to secure her hat-trick with her third stunning header.
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— Glasgow City FC (@GlasgowCityFC) February 20, 2017
Celtic 1-0 Forfar Farmington
The 2010 SWPL Cup winners Celtic progressed into the Quarter-Finals with a narrow win over ten-woman Forfar Farmington.
Heather Richards came close early on, but Celtic took the lead in the 19th minute when Ruesha Littlejohn’s lay-off allowed Natalie Ross to beat the Forfar keeper Fiona McNicoll with a calm finish.
Sarah Ewens had a couple of good chances to mark her debut with a goal but both times she failed to hit the target. Richards’ corner nearly went in, hitting the Forfar post.
Forfar ended the game with ten players after Gemma Collier was shown her second yellow card in the 85th minute.
Rangers 8-3 Edinburgh University Hutchison Vale
Thanks to a goal-frenzied final ten minutes, Rangers progressed to the Quarter-Finals with an 8-3 win over the newly formed Edinburgh University Hutchison Vale (EUHV). The scoreline suggests a one-sided result, however, the reality was that there could have been a big shock here.
Rangers took the lead in the sixth minute when a great run from Chantelle Brown set up Sarah Robertson with a simple tap-in. EUHV could have scored an equaliser when they shot just wide, but in the 21st minute, Rangers doubled their advantage through Chelsie Watson’s volley.
However, just after the half-hour mark, Brown conceded a penalty with EUHV’s Nichola Sturrock calmly converted.
Rangers had several good chances early on in the second half, including having the ball cleared off the line, but in the 65th minute, EUHV equalised through Anna Hume’s strike.
Four minutes later, Rangers won their own penalty after a hand-ball, and Jordan McLintock converted from the spot as Rangers retook the lead. Soon after, they opened up a two-goal lead when Watson’s shot was deflected kindly for Brown to head into the net.
But in the 80th minute, EUHV once again pulled back a goal, this time through Lauren Watters’ penalty.
And then came the astonishing end to the game. Brown made it 5-3 through a powerful shot after being set up by Muir, and two minutes later, Adams’ 30-yard strike made it 6-3. An own-goal made it 7-3 in the 87th minute, and finally, in stoppage time, McLintock completed the scoring.
— Rangers Ladies (@RFC_Ladies) February 20, 2017
Motherwell 3-4 Spartans
In another thriller, SWPL 1 side Spartans progressed to the Quarter-Finals after beating SWPL 2’s Motherwell 4-3.
Spartans took the lead through Simone McMahon’s 20-yard strike before Laura Gavin doubled their lead. However, on the stroke of half-time, Motherwell pulled a goal back through Pam Liddell.
Straight from the restart of the second half, Motherwell equalised through Niamh Johnston. However, Spartans restored their lead through a superb left-footed strike from their new captain Alana Marshall, before Bobby Beveridge’s header restored their two-goal lead.
Motherwell pulled another goal back through Johnston’s free-kick, but they couldn’t find the equaliser required to send the game into extra-time.
— Spartans FC Women (@spartansfcwomen) February 19, 2017
Stirling University 7-1 Buchan
Stirling University progressed to the Quarter-Finals for the first time ever as they beat Buchan 7-1 in a highly impressive win.
The home side started strongly and took the lead in the 15th minute from Jade Gallon’s strike.
However, late on in the first half, Buchan equalised through a header – meaning the scores were level at the break.
Stirling restored their lead in the second half with a stunning long-range effort from Russell, before Katy Morris’ header gave Buchan’s keeper no chance.
Soon after, Stirling was 4-1 up through Jade Gallon’s effort that picked out the bottom corner. Their fifth goal came after some smart footwork in the box allowed Russell to score her second.
Rachel Galbraith rounded Buchan’s keeper to score Stirling’s sixth goal before Russell completed her hat-trick on her debut for Stirling University.
— SWPL (@SWPL) February 19, 2017