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#SBSSWPL 2018 Preview – 18/02/18

The second week of the 2018 Scottish Building Society SWPL sees another eight exciting ties in both divisions, including a game between the two new promoted sides in the SBSSWPL 2

Scottish Building Society SWPL 1

Celtic v Stirling University
K-Park, Kick-off: 12:15pm

These two teams have been separated by one league position over the past two seasons, but they’ve had polar opposite opening days.

Celtic’s opening game was against Rangers and they came away as 3-0 victors with one of their debutants, Nicole Pullar, scoring a brace. After losing twice to their Old Firm rivals last season this was a critical result for the target that captain Kelly Clark set out at the season launch, not to drop points against the teams that finished below them.

Stirling University, on the other hand, will be looking to put their opening game behind them. Barry Rodgers’ first game in charge of the club ended in a 6-0 defeat to Glasgow City. They’ve lost a few key players during pre-season but the talent within the squad is clear.

Spartans v Rangers
Ainslie Park, Kick-off: 1pm

These two sides meet at Ainslie Park having lost their opening games 3-0.

Spartans lost to Hibernian and it is hard to read too much into the result, but they made things difficult for their Edinburgh rivals with it goalless at the break.

Rangers lost to their Old Firm and have been busy strengthening in the pre-season. They will be looking to put that result behind them and get their first points of the season.

These two sides are expected to be battling for the fourth spot and both have young exciting squads. This should be a great game for the neutral.

Forfar Farmington v Hibernian
Station Park, Kick-off: 1pm

Forfar Farmington host Hibernian in their first game back in the top flight at Station Park.

Forfar are coming into this game off the back of an important win against Hamilton Academical on the opening day. Whilst they may not be expecting a win out of this game, they will be keen to show everyone that they belong in the SBSSWPL 1.

Hibernian will be travelling north after winning their opening game against Spartans and will know that in their title aspirations, they cannot afford to drop any points. They will be strengthened by Shannon McGregor returning from injury to be in their squad.

Glasgow City v Hamilton Academical
Petershill Park, Kick-off: 2:10pm

The champions continue their defence of the league title at home to Hamilton Academical.

Glasgow City began the season in style, beating Stirling University 6-0, with Joanne Paton scoring a wonder goal that could end up being the goal of the year. Their squad will be strengthened by Maddie Hill who could make her debut after international clearance.

Hamilton Academical lost their opening game to Forfar Farmington, something that they will be frustrated by. Even though they are playing City, they can take heart from last season where they came close to beating City.

Scottish Building Society SWPL 2

Aberdeen v St Johnstone
Aberdeen Sports Village, Kick-off: 1pm

Aberdeen begin life at their new home by welcoming St Johnstone to the Aberdeen Sports Village.

Aberdeen are the early leaders after coming from behind to beat Glasgow Girls 4-1. Now they will be looking to mark their new stadium with another three points as they look to bounce back to the top division.

They are hosting a St Johnstone side hurting after their opening day result. They lost to Central Girls 3-1 and will be hoping to return to winning ways against a difficult Aberdeen team.

Motherwell v Edinburgh University Hutchison Vale
Braidhurst High School, Kick-off: 2pm

Motherwell take on Edinburgh University Hutchison Vale (EUHV) after both sides had tricky opening games.

Motherwell picked up three points, beating Kimarnock 2-1 in a hard-fought game that shows how competitive this league will be. They are one of the pre-season favourites for the title after strengthening over the pre-season and the appointment of Eddie Wolecki Black as Manager.

EUHV travel through after drawing their opening game against Hearts. They will be frustrated not to have won but they showed great spirit to come back from going a goal down with an equaliser from Anna Hume.

Hearts v Glasgow Girls
King’s Park, Kick-off: 2pm

Hearts welcome Glasgow Girls with both sides looking to record their first win of the season.

Hearts drew with EUHV and it was a tight game. They might feel that they could have taken all three points. What they did show was the spirit they’ve spoken about, making sure all the players are fighting for each other. The other positive was the performance of Laura Gavin who should have marked her debut with a goal.

Glasgow Girls will be travelling to the capital disappoined with their opening day result. It is hard to read too much into things as they had a player sent off before Aberdeen scored three goals. Regardless, they will be looking to put things right in this game.

Central Girls v Kilmarnock
Indrohill Stadium, Kick-off: 4pm

The final game of the day sees the two newly promoted sides meeting at the Indrohill stadium.

The two sides had reverse fortunes in the opening game. Central Girls picked up the result of that weekend by beating St Johnstone 3-1, thanks to a superb first-half performance that left their opponents with too much to do.

Kilmarnock, on the other hand, lost their game 2-1 to Motherwell but despite the result, it showed just how difficult they will be for their opponents this season.

Whilst it is far too early to draw conclusions from the result, it will be another indication of how these two teams are going to do in SBSSWPL 2.

Written by
Tim Oliver
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