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#SBSSWPL Round-up – 03/06/2018

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Spartans 1-7 Hibernian

It was another convincing win for Hibernian in SBSSWPL 1 but the game didn’t entirely go their own way. Abi Harrison opened the scoring for the Hibees with eight minutes played but less than a minute later, Spartans were level through Ronaigh Douglas.

It didn’t take long for Hibs to restore their lead though as Lizzie Arnot made it 2-1, scoring directly from a corner on 21 minutes. With the score close at half-time, the next 45 minutes was were Hibs showed their class. Harrison and Arnot both grabbed hat-tricks with Katie Reilly also adding her name to the scoresheet.

The result means that Hibernian keep pace at the top of the table but remain three points behind having played a game less than Glasgow City. For Spartans, they remain bottom of the table and now have the worst goal difference in the league.

Forfar Farmington 2-1 Hamilton Academical

Forfar Farmington returned home after five league matches away and continued their fine form. They’ve now won five of their last six league matches.

As expected, it was another close match between these two sides with the match level at 0-0 at the break. However, it took only one minute of the second half for Forfar to take the lead through Robyn Smith, who lobbed the ‘keeper from just inside the box.

With an hour played, Hamilton equalised through Katie Rice. With the sides level, Hamilton would have been hoping to replicate their comeback last Sunday to Stirling. However, it was Forfar that got the winning goal with 68 minutes played. Nicola Davidson’s free-kick found Megan McCarthy who headed home.

The result means that Forfar remain fourth but are just two points behind Celtic in third. Hamilton remain second bottom and two points from sixth after Spartans and Stirling both lost.

Rangers 3-2 Celtic

Rangers put a torrid May behind them by starting June with an impressive win in the Old Firm derby.

After Celtic winning 3-0 in the opening day fixture of the season, they would have been considered favourites and they opened the scoring after 10 minutes. Natalie Ross latched on to the ball over the top before calmly lifting the ball over the goalkeeper and into the net.

Rangers though had other ideas and equalised after 18 minutes. A quick corner was passed to Hayley Sinclair who crossed the ball on a plate for Carla Boyce. While her header wasn’t cleanly put into the net, the referee and assistant both adjudged the ball to have gone into the net and awarded the goal.

Then, with 30 minutes played, Sinclair added her name to the scoresheet. Celtic’s clearance only went as far as Sinclair who then fired home with her left foot from 25-yards. Rangers then extended their lead only five minutes into the second half with Boyce heading home again, this time through Jade Gallon’s cross.

Celtic looked to battle back and narrowed the lead to just one goal after 68 minutes. Rachel Donaldson’s thunderous strike hit the crossbar and bounced out. Thankfully, for Celtic, Josephine Giard was the first to react and headed the ball into the net. While Celtic pushed for an equaliser, Rangers held on for a huge three points.

The result means that Rangers remain fifth but are now seven points clear of relegation. Celtic also remain in position, third, but Forfar are now only two points behind.

Stirling University 0-6 Glasgow City

Glasgow City put in a fine performance away from home to come away comprehensive winners over Stirling University.

City were 0-3 up at the break with Hayley Lauder, Abbi Grant, and Nicola Docherty all scoring. Docherty’s perhaps the goal of the half, curling the ball into the net from around 30-yards out.

They added a further three goals in the second half through Donna Paterson, Leanne Ross, and Grant. Ross, scoring from the penalty, reaching a landmark 250 goals for Glasgow City from just 296 appearances.

The result means that Glasgow City remain top and three points clear having played a game more. Stirling University remain sixth despite the loss after Hamilton and Spartans both lost.

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Edinburgh University Hutchison Vale 2-0 Central Girls FA

Edinburgh University Hutchison Vale (EUHV) took a big step towards trying to avoid relegation with a win over bottom placed Central Girls.

As has been the case all season, Central Girls remained in the game throughout with the scores level at 0-0 after 55 minutes. However, it was EUHV that eventually took the lead with Katherine Smart getting the opener after 56 minutes. Then, a minute later, they extended their lead. Lucy Brown worked her way into the box before slotting home.

The result means that EUHV jump out of the relegation zone into sixth in the league and are just five points away from fifth. Central Girls remain bottom but are now five points from safety.

Aberdeen 1-1 Motherwell

Aberdeen held the league leaders to a point in what was perhaps the surprise result of the weekend.

The scores were level at 0-0 with Aberdeen narrowly shading the first 45 minutes. However, a spell of just seven minutes saw a huge chain of events. Firstly, Kerry Montgomery was sent-off for Motherwell after 53 minutes. A minute later, Lynne Robertson headed home from a corner to put Aberdeen in front before Motherwell equalised before the hour mark.

While there were no more goals, Kirsty McLaughlin was sent off for Motherwell after 74 minutes for a second yellow. Despite being down to nine players, Motherwell pushed towards the end for a winner but were unable to find a second goal.

The result means Motherwell remain top and their lead is still eight points from second. Aberdeen, despite an impressive result, drop into the relegation zone as EUHV were victorious in their match.

FC Kilmarnock 0-0 Hearts

FC Kilmarnock and Hearts played out the first goalless match of the 2018 season at Rugby Park.

Both teams pushed for goals but they seemed to cancel each other out throughout the match. Clare Docherty went through on goal after 30 minutes and looked likely to score, only for Hearts defender to get back and put in a miraculous block. In the second half, Hearts came closest to scoring but only managing to hit the post.

FC Kilmarnock remain second and eight points behind Motherwell after they also drew but they’re only two points above third placed St Johnstone. Hearts remain fifth and still seven points from the relegation zone.

Glasgow Girls 0-3 St Johnstone

Glasgow Girls suffered a slightly surprising loss at home to St Johnstone after winning five of their last seven games. For St Johnstone, they’re now unbeaten in their last five matches.

The opener came after 17 minutes through Ellie-May Cowie. It took the away side until the hour mark to double their lead through Hannah Clark and Rachel Todd made sure of the three points after 80 minutes.

The result means that St Johnstone leapfrog Glasgow Girls into third and are just two points from second. Glasgow Girls are fourth in the league and eight points clear of the relegation zone.

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