By Tim Oliver
The Scottish Building Society SWPL 1 returned and there were impressive wins for Stirling University and Rangers, whilst in the SBSSWPL 2, Buchan and EUHV picked up important victories.
Scottish Building Society SWPL 1
Aberdeen 1-3 Stirling University
Stirling University returned from Aberdeen with a 3-1 win that saw them jump up from fifth to third in the table.
Striker Nicole Pullar scored a brace for Stirling whilst their third came from a Jade Gallon penalty.
Aberdeen remain in the relegation place, two points behind safety.
Up next, Aberdeen host Spartans, whilst Stirling’s next match is on Wednesday when they host Glasgow City.
Spartans 0-0 Hamilton
Spartans and Hamilton Academical played out a goalless draw in which both teams will be disappointed in not taking the win. It was Spartans who started the game the stronger with Elena Santoyo-Brown testing the Accies’ keeper Elaine Fleming, but soon the visitors came into the game and Mhairi Lyle had a shot cleared off the line.
The second half was dominated by Hamilton, with Spartans struggling to get any sort of foothold on the encounter. Accies’ best chance of the second half came from Lori Gardner, but she was denied by a good save from Rachel Harrison. Late on, Kaela McDonald had a chance to win the game for Spartans, but her lobbed effort just went over.
Spartans remain in fourth place, one point behind third-placed Stirling University, whilst the draw sees Hamilton Academical increase their lead over eighth-placed Aberdeen to two points.
Spartans face a trip up to Aberdeen next Sunday, whilst Hamilton travel to Glasgow City.
Rangers 2-1 Celtic
Rangers won their second Old Firm derby after beating Celtic 2-1 to close the gap on the top five.
The first half ended up goalless, but it wasn’t for a lack of chances. Rangers’ Claire Adams’ 25-yard effort was saved by Megan Cunningham, and the Celtic keeper had to use her feet to deny Lauren Davidson. Celtic’s Georgia Rafferty and Kelly Clark went close, as well as having a goal ruled out by the assistant.
Two minutes into the second half, Rangers had taken the lead when Hayley Sinclair’s cross was diverted into the net by a Celtic player.
Then it was 2-0 to the home team as Davidson beat Cunningham with a chipped finish, having been sent through by Chelsie Watson.
Late on, Celtic had another goal ruled out, this time offside, before they scored a legitimate goal in the 90th minute but Rangers held on to secure all three points.
Rangers face a trip to Stirling University next Sunday, whilst Celtic are on Scottish Cup duty, away to Hibernian in the Third Round.
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Scottish Building Society SWPL 2
EUHV 1-0 Hearts
The Edinburgh derby saw Edinburgh University Hutchison Vale (EUHV) beat Hearts, a result that sees them looking to climb the table.
The game’s only goal came in the 16th minute when Anna Hume played Nichola Sturrock through on goal and she beat the Hearts’ keeper with a long-range lob.
Hearts remain in fourth place but are now only just one point ahead of fifth. EUHV close the gap on fifth to just two points.
Next up for EUHV is an away trip to Buchan, whilst Hearts also face an away trip to Jeanfield Swifts.
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Buchan 3-2 East Fife
The two sides in the relegation zone met in a game where both teams needed the three points. It turned out to be an entertaining game with Buchan running out 3-2 winners, with Buchan’s goals coming from a Leanne Reid brace and a goal from Jo Murphy.
It sees Buchan move four points clear of East Fife, however, the Fifers still have a game in hand.
Buchan have another home game next Sunday, hosting EUHV, whilst East Fife host Motherwell.
Motherwell 3-3 Glasgow Girls
Motherwell extended their unbeaten run to 11 games as they played out an entertaining 3-3 draw with Glasgow Girls.
Motherwell were leading 2-0 at half-time, thanks to goals from Suzanne Grant and Sophie Gallacher. However, Glasgow Girls fought back in the second half.
Although the home team would score a third, a brace from Lauren Evans and a third from Rachel Ashe saw the points shared between the sides.
The draw sees the sides remain second and third respectively. Next up for Motherwell is an away trip to East Fife whilst Glasgow Girls host Forfar Farmington.
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Jeanfield Swifts 1-1 Forfar Farmington
Forfar Farmington remain six points clear at the top of the SBSSWPL 2, thanks to a late equaliser.
Jeanfield Swifts had taken the lead thanks to Jade McDonald’s 55th-minute strike which found the top corner.
It looked like that the home side would secure all three points but in second-half stoppage time, Jeanfield Rhianna Tweedie was sent off and then Laura Parsley scored an equaliser for Forfar.
Next up for Forfar is an away trip to Glasgow Girls, whilst Jeanfield host Hearts, who they trail in the league by one point.