By Tim Oliver
Hibernian remained top of the SWPL 1 with a win against Hamilton whilst Celtic beat Stirling at Celtic Park. In the SWPL 2, Forfar beat Glasgow Girls to move top whilst Motherwell and East Fife picked up their first wins of the season.
Aberdeen 0-3 Glasgow City
Glasgow City gave a debut to their new away kit and they travelled back with an important set of three points. Having drawn their last game, they knew they would most likely have to win to keep up the pressure on Hibernian.
Aberdeen’s defence managed to frustrate City’s attack for the majority of the first half, but Glasgow City’s captain Leanne Ross broke the deadlock in the 43rd minute through a stunning free-kick from the edge of the box.
It took just six minutes of the second half for City to double their lead. Ross’ cross picked out Noelle Murray who headed the ball into the net. City’s third came in the 57th minute, and once again Leanne Ross provided the assist. This time her cross picked out Savannah McCarthy whose header beat Emily Mutch in goal.
Aberdeen remain in sixth place whilst Glasgow City stay in second place.
Spartans 3-1 Rangers
Spartans continued their unbeaten start to the 2017 season, with an impressive win over Rangers. Goalkeeper Rachel Harrison made her debut for Spartans in her second spell with the club.
It took just two minutes for Spartans to take the lead through Colette Cavanagh’s long-range lob which gave Rangers’ keeper no chance.
The home side made it 2-0 after 15 minutes when Ronaigh Douglas’ wonderful cross picked out Zoe Johnstone at the far post who made no mistake.
However, Rangers pulled a goal back in the 32nd minute through Amy Muir’s superb free-kick. Rachel Harrison had to be alert to keep Spartans in front, making a great save to deny Hannah Robertson.
Spartans made sure of all three points in the 78th minute when Alana Marshall’s corner was eventually poked home by Carla Boyce.
Kaela McDonald was unlucky not to make it 4-1 late on, and Harrison had to make a great save to deny Claire Adams.
Spartans move up to third whilst Rangers sit in seventh place without any points.
— Spartans FC Women (@spartansfcwomen) April 16, 2017
Hibernian 6-0 Hamilton Academical
The leaders of the SWPL 1 kept up their 100% start to the season, after beating Hamilton Academical 6-0.
The game started slowly, and Hamilton had a chance to open the scoring, but Jenna Fife managed to make a good save. However, Hibs took the lead when Chelsea Cornet’s shot took a key deflection off Rachel Small and into the back of the net. Soon, it was 2-0 through Abi Harrison’s header.
Their third came in the 31st minute when Katey Turner’s cross found Lucy Graham at the far post who picked out the back of the net. Amy Gallacher blasted the ball into the net to make it 4-0 to convert a superb counter-attack move.
On the hour mark, Hibernian scored their fifth goal with Small getting onto the scoresheet again through a header. She could have completed her hat-trick soon after, but her shot smashed off the crossbar.
In the 90th minute, Hibernian made it 6-0 when Emma Brownlie’s corner was fantastically headed into the net by Siobhan Hunter.
Hibernian stay in first place whilst Hamilton sit in eighth place, still looking for their first point of the season.
— Hibernian Ladies (@HibsLadies) April 17, 2017
Celtic 2-1 Stirling University
Celtic beat Stirling University to continue their unbeaten start, as they played at Celtic Park for the first time this season.
Celtic took the lead in the 38th minute when Heather Richards’ cross found Natalie Ross whose clever finish beat Stirling’s keeper Chloe Logan.
Early in the second half, Celtic doubled their lead with Richards’ once again providing the assist. This time, Jaclyn Poucel got her first goal for the club.
With just nine minutes remaining, Celtic’s Ruesha Littlejohn was shown the red card for a reckless challenge, and Stirling looked to take advantage. Nicole Pullar’s shot hit the crossbar and soon they pulled a goal back through Michelle Russell. However, Stirling could not find another chance to complete the comeback.
Despite the win, Celtic drop down one place to fourth whilst Stirling stay in fifth place.
— Stirling Uni WFC (@StirUniWFC) April 17, 2017
Glasgow Girls 0-2 Forfar Farmington
Glasgow Girls and Forfar Farmington met with a 100% record, but it would be Forfar who would take all three points.
The first half was a goalless affair, however, Forfar took the lead in the 74th minute through Robyn Smith’s 20-yard volley. Late on, Forfar secured all three points through Kayleigh Noble’s goal.
Glasgow Girls stay in third place and Forfar Farmington remain top of the table.
Motherwell 2-0 Hearts
Hearts had gone into the game having a 100% record in their three games so far, but they suffered a loss as Motherwell picked up their first win of the season.
Motherwell are in seventh place, with the bottom four clubs in the league all on three points. Hearts stay in second.
— Hearts Women & Girls (@heartsladiesfc) April 16, 2017
East Fife 1-0 Buchan
East Fife had gone into the game without picking up a single point so far. However, they picked up a crucial 1-0 win over Buchan.
East Fife stay bottom of the table but are on three points with Buchan who sit in sixth.
Jeanfield Swifts 3-4 Edinburgh University Hutchison Vale
Edinburgh University Hutchison Vale (EUHV) beat Jeanfield Swifts 4-3 in an absolutely epic game.
In the 17th minute, Jeanfield took the lead through Danni McGinley. But one minute later, EUHV had equalised through Judith Shepherd’s header.
EUHV took the lead in the 31st minute through Ashley Fish, but two minutes later Jeanfield thought they had equalised, only to see the assistant rule the goal out for offside. In the 39th minute thought, Jeanfield did equalise with McGinley’s second goal.
EUHV made it 3-2 in the 59th minute through Nichola Sturrock, before once again, Jeanfield pulled a goal back as McGinley completed her hat-trick.
But, in the 71st minute, EUHV scored the winner through Fish’s second goal of the game.
EUHV stay in fourth place whilst Jeanfield sit in fifth place on three points.
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