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#SBSSWPL Round-up – 06/05/2018

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Hibernian 3-0 Stirling University

Hibernian briefly jumped top of the Scottish Building Society SWPL 1 with a comfortable victory over Stirling.

Shannon McGregor opened the scoring after 29 minutes with a fortunate goal. There was no luck with their second though. Rachel McLauchlan rifling the ball into the net only four minutes later.

Hibs eventually made the victory secure with 67 minutes played. Lizzie Arnot slotting home from the penalty spot.

The win means that Hibs kept up the pace with Glasgow City at the top of the table. For Stirling, they drop down to 7th in the league and just two points above the relegation spot.

Celtic 0-3 Glasgow City

Glasgow City kept their place at the top of the table with a convincing win over third placed Celtic.

They opened the scoring with 25 minutes on the clock. It seemed as if Leanne Ross would curl the ball into the box but instead she struck it towards the front post and into the net. She then doubled the lead from the penalty spot with 49 minutes played.

With less than an hour gone, City sealed the win. Hayley Lauder heading into the net from a Jo Love cross. It then went from bad to worse for Celtic with Cheryl McCulloch sent off after 65 minutes.

Both teams remain in the same place in the league though Celtic are now five points behind both Glasgow City and Hibernian.

Rangers 2-4 Forfar Farmington

Forfar Farmington picked up a huge win in the 2018 season away to Rangers, lifting them up to fifth in the league.

While Rangers dominated the early parts of the game, it was Forfar who opened the scoring with their first chance of the game. Robyn Smith went through on goal before chipping the ball over the ‘keeper and into the net.

With 35 minutes gone, they doubled their advantage before the half-time. Smith whipped in the corner to the front post and Hannah Stewart beat the goalkeeper to head the ball home.

The second half also started well for the visitors. Caroline Heron’s speculative long shot going through the ‘keeper’s hands and into the net with 51 minutes played. With one minute left, Forfar made it 4-0 with Cassie Cowper rounding off their scoring.

However, Rangers did add two late goals to reduce the deficit. Jade Gallon scoring with one minute of injury time played and Brogan Hay adding another with the last kick of the ball.

The results leaves Rangers in fourth place but it was a missed opportunity to possibly go third. Forfar Farmington now jump up to fifth and are three points off bottom.

Hamilton Academical 2-0 Spartans

Hamilton got their first goals of the season with a massive win over Spartans to keep them within touching distance of teams above them.

It was an even first half in general with both sides having attempts off the crossbar. With 37 minutes, Hamilton got the lead through Lori Gardner. There were calls for handball in the build-up but it was a wonderful team goal and finish.

Like buses, their first goal was followed only minutes later with their second. A corner wasn’t cleared properly by Spartans and the second cross eventually found Jade Lindsay. She showed good composure to slot the ball into the net inside the box.

The result means that Hamilton are only two points from safety with Stirling University and Spartans just above them. Their opponents will now be looking over their shoulder instead of further up the league.

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Aberdeen 2-3 Glasgow Girls

Aberdeen threw away a two goal lead against Glasgow Girls who have now won three of their last four games.

It took just six minutes for the Dons to open the scoring. Chloe Fitzpatrick heading the ball into the net from a corner. She then doubled their lead before the break, scrambling the ball home for her brace.

After five minutes from the restart, Aberdeen’s lead was halved by Lauren Coleman. She then reduced the lead entirely with ten minutes left. It was another scramble and one that brought parity between the teams.

With five minutes left, Glasgow Girls built on their momentum and scored the winner. Rachel Ashe capitalising at the back to run through and slot the ball home.

The result means that Glasgow Girls are now fifth in the league and four points from the relegation zone. Aberdeen are behind in sixth but are just one point from seventh.

Hearts 1-0 Edinburgh University Hutchison Vale

Hearts jumped up to second place with a late win over EUHV. It’s also the first game for the away side involving less than two goals.

It was a relatively even game but EUHV will feel extremely hard done by. They had more of the clear cut chances and hit the bar with only three minutes played.

However, with the last kick of the ball, Ashley Carse pounced on the scrappy corner and stuck it into the back of the net.

The result means that Hearts are now second, ahead of FC Kilmarnock on goal difference. For EUHV, they remain seventh in the league but just one point from safety.

Motherwell v FC Kilmarnock

Mothewell made it six wins in a row with a big win over their fellow title contenders.

It took the home side nearly 40 minutes to open the scoring. Caitlin Russell rising above the defence and powering her header past the goalkeeper.

However, with only two minutes from the restart, they doubled their lead. Suzanne Mulvey held the ball up in the box before laying it back to Hayley Cunningham. She then slotted her effort into the bottom right corner.

The win for Motherwell means they now have a five point advantage on both Hearts and FC Kilmarnock, making them strong early favourites for the title. For FC Kilmarnock, they drop to third but will be pleased with their start to the 2018 season.

Central Girls FA 1-1 St Johnstone

Both teams shared the spoils in what was a scrappy game at the Indodrill Stadium. The result means Central remain bottom but are just two points from safety. St Johnstone remain fourth but are now eight points from top.

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