The second weekend of the 2018 Scottish Building Society SWPL season saw some incredible games. In SBSSWPL 1, Stirling University picked up their first point under Barry Rodgers whilst Motherwell lead SBSSWPL 2 after an 8-0 win.
Celtic 1-1 Stirling University
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The early kick-off in SBSSWPL 1 produced a huge result for the visitors as Stirling picked up their first point under Barry Rodgers.
The two goals came within the opening five minutes, a start you would not want to miss.
It was Stirling who took the lead through a cracking strike from Katy Morris who scored from 20 yards. Two minutes later, Celtic had equalised after Heather Richards scored from a free-kick.
Celtic pushed for the winner, especially in the second half, but they were denied by a stunning defensive performance from Stirling University.
Spartans 1-2 Rangers
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A late Chelsie Watson penalty saw Rangers pick up a 2-1 win over Spartans after a pulsating tie at Ainslie Park.
It was the home side who had the better of the early exchanges with Zoe Johnstone shooting over in the opening minute and later, Michelle Russell firing into the side-netting. But, as the game became older, Rangers started to grow in confidence and took the lead just before half-time through Carla Boyce.
The second half started in the same style, with Spartans hitting the woodwork twice in quick succession. Then, in the 72nd minute, Spartans finally found the equaliser through Russell.
There would be a late twist when Brogan Hay was brought down in the box, and Watson converted to secure all three points.
Forfar Farmington 0-2 Hibernian
ICYMI | Kevin Milne’s side made it two wins from two yesterday with a 2-0 win away to Forfar Farmington in the @SWPL. Highlights are available to watch now with an extended version on the club’s YouTube
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Hibernian defeated Forfar Farmington 2-0 but, for the second successive game, they were made to work for it.
Like last week’s win over Spartans, the first half ended goalless. In the 53rd minute, Hibernian took the lead through Amy Gallacher who joined the Edinburgh side from Forfar last season.
Late on, Hibs picked up their second goal through another ex-Forfar player, Katey Turner.
Glasgow City 1-0 Hamilton Academical
Glasgow City continued their unbeaten start to the season by beating Hamilton 1-0. Remarkably, the last team to actually score against City in the league is Hamilton back in May 2017 when Joanne Paton, now a City player, scored.
The only goal of the game came in the 13th minute when Abbi Grant beat the Accies’ keeper, Lauren Grant, from the edge of the box.
The result means Hamilton remain seventh and Glasgow City are top of the table with two games gone.
Motherwell 8-0 EUHV
Motherwell are top of SBSSWPL 2 after an extraordinary first half of football, showing exactly why they are one of the favourites for the title.
They took the lead in the sixth minute when a free-kick found Suzanne Mulvey and she made no mistake from close range. Their second came when Samantha Hare placed the ball under the keeper before Suzanne Mulvey made it 3-0 in the 27th minute.
The ex-Celtic striker completed her hat-trick after a tap-in and then added a poacher’s goal for her fourth. Two minutes before half-time, Kerry Montgomery scored her first goal for Motherwell.
Four minutes into the second half, Mulvey scored her fifth goal when she blasted the ball into the roof of the net and got her sixth goal just over the hour mark to make it 8-0.
Aberdeen 0-2 St Johnstone
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Aberdeen’s first game in their new stadium ended in a defeat to St Johnstone. They had come into the game leading the table whilst St Johnstone had lost their opening day match.
A first-half goal from Hannah Clark and a second-half finish from Ellie-May Cowie meant that St Johnstone picked up their first win under their new branding.
Hearts 2-0 Glasgow Girls
Hearts moved up to second place with a win over bottom-placed Glasgow Girls.
For the second week in a row, Hearts opened the scoring through a Danielle Pagliarulo penalty. Their second goal came from Sharon Lee as the Edinburgh side secured their first win of the season.
Central Girls 1-2 Kilmarnock
FT Central 1-2 Kilmarnock
Cracking game of football for the newcomers to @SWPL
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In the clash between the two newly promoted sides, Kilmarnock beat Central Girls 2-1.
The visitors took the lead with a header in the 24th minute, but Central equalised two minutes into the second half through Abby Callaghan.
Kilmarnock would secure all three points with a Chloe Ponton free-kick to pick up their first win of the season.