Hamilton Academical moved back up to second in Scottish Building Society SWPL 2 after an impressive 3-1 win away to Partick Thistle on Thursday night.
Georgie McTear gave them an early lead before Cheryl Rigden’s equaliser for Thistle, but further strikes from Lauren Evans and Kirstie McIntosh saw Accies claim all three points.
They began strongly and could have been ahead inside the opening minute, but Jade Baillie got down well to keep out Ellie Kane’s low drive. Thistle also had early chances of their own with set-pieces in particular causing the visitors some problems. Suzanne Mulvey had two snapshots from a corner but both were blocked by defenders before Clare Docherty was unable to force home a free-kick from the left.
On 16 minutes though, it was Hamilton who broke the deadlock when a cross caused havoc for the Thistle back line, Baillie eventually spilling it at the feet of McTear who knocked the ball beyond the keeper.
The fast start to the match continued and Chloe Muir was unlucky not to make it two with her volley which flew over the bar before Taylor McGlashan headed wide at the other end. It was Thistle who ended the half better and Jade Gallon was next to have a chance, but she couldn’t find the net from Emma Craig’s cross.
Just as in the first half, the second also kicked off at a quick pace with Accies again going close in the opening minute, Evans seeing her shot saved by Baillie. Partick broke and had a chance of their own which Craig fired wide, with Eleanor Smith then heading into the arms of Lauren Grant a minute later.
Accies then had the ball in the net for a second time but Amy Anderson was denied by the linesman’s flag after good work from Evans and Muir had presented the chance. Megan Quigley wasted a chance to make it two for real when she headed over and Thistle soon made the away side pay.
Docherty showed great determination to burst into the box on the left before showing awareness to pick out the unmarked Cheryl Rigden in the middle and she showed good composure to slam the ball high into the net.
As the half progressed it was Brian Graham’s hosts who looked the more likely to score, putting the Accies defence under pressure but with just under 20 minutes remaining Baillie had to be alert to push Muir’s shot behind and from that set-piece we would get the third goal of the game. Muir was again involved, seeing her effort blocked before Evans managed to fire the ball through a ruck of bodies into the corner.
Hamilton put the game beyond any doubt four minutes later when the ball fell to McIntosh 35 yards from goal and she didn’t think twice, sending an unstoppable shot high past Baillie to prompt great scenes among the away side.
Muir shot over from distance before Thistle sub Sophie Gallacher sent a shot past the post as the game drew to a close, with Accies showing the perfect response to their defeat to Glasgow Women.
Both sides are back in action on Sunday, with Hamilton making the trip to Tulloch Park to take on St Johnstone while Thistle head down the coast to face Kilmarnock.
Partick Thistle: Baillie; Ross, McGlashan, Falconer, Murphy (Todd, 67); Rigden, Gallon; Craig (Christie, 78), Docherty, Smith (Gallacher, 84); Mulvey (Hawksworth, 74)
Hamilton Academical:Grant; Molley, Connolly, McTear, Quinn; Quigley, Anderson, McIntosh; Kane (Gardiner, 53), Evans (Brown, 84), Muir (McCann, 84)