Scottish Women's Premier League

#SBSSWPL Round-up – 05/08/2018

August 6th 2018

Photo by Andy Buist

Scottish Building Society SWPL 1

Forfar Farmington 1-0 Rangers

Forfar Farmington reclaimed fourth spot in the Scottish Building Society SWPL 1 with a narrow victory over Rangers.

Both sides came into the game level on points, with only goal difference giving Rangers the advantage. That was after three wins on the bounce for the away side before the summer break. However, Forfar Farmington climbed back up the table with Danni McGinley’s goal after 35 minutes the difference.

Forfar Farmington are now just two points behind Celtic while Rangers drop to fifth but remain seven points clear of sixth.

Hibernian 4-1 Stirling University

Hibs kept their position at the top of the SBSSWPL 1 table, now ahead of Glasgow City on goal difference but by one goal.

The opener came after 34 minutes as Abi Harrison drove down the wing before cutting the ball back to Jamie-Lee Napier to finish off. The lead was doubled just 10 minutes later with returning captain, Lisa Robertson, smashing the ball into net.

Harrison made it three goals to the good with a long range effort, lobbing her effort over the head of Chloe Logan in the Stirling goal. Whether she meant for it to be a cross or shot, only she’ll know.

Stirling did narrow the deficit after 70 minutes with a debut goal for Kendra Bonsall. She showed great pace to get in behind the defence and calmly slotted the ball past Jenna Fife. However, Hibernian restored their lead just five minutes later. Former Stirling Uni player, Beth McKay, crossing in for Lauren Davidson to head into the net emphatically.

Hibs remain top, now on 38 points after 14 games. Stirling University remain sixth but are now five points above the relegation spot after Hamilton and Spartans’ result.

Hamilton Academical 0-0 Spartans

It was seventh hosting eighth at The Hope CBD Stadium, with both sides coming away with a point after a 0-0 draw.

The closest chance of the first half came for Spartans, with Michaela McAlonie’s free-kick from 30 yards being tipped onto the crossbar by Lauren Grant and then eventually cleared.

Hamilton came close to breaking the deadlock in the second half. Kirstie McIntosh drove forward before laying it into Katie Rice who shot first time. It was a good strike with her left-foot but Charlene Lessells got a strong hand to it to put the ball out for a corner.

The result means that both sides remain in position, still just one point separating them. They’ve both also gained ground on sixth placed Stirling University after their defeat.

Glasgow City 2-0 Celtic

Glasgow City kept pace at the top of the SBSSWPL 1 table with a solid victory over third placed Celtic.

After just seven minutes, City should have taken the lead. Two of their new signings linked up with Lidija Kulis crossing in to find Lara Ivanusa. Her first touch seemed to set her up beautifully to volley into the net, but she couldn’t make clean contact and it was an easy save. She showed no signs of it letting it bothering her though, with good play on the edge of the box before firing her shot wide of the post just minutes later.

With 22 minutes played, City eventually took the lead. Leanne Ross’ free-kick was played into a dangerous area and it came off a Celtic head before ending up in the net. Three minutes later, they doubled the lead. This time, Leanne Crichton looping the ball over the Celtic defence for Abbi Grant. She showed her usual composure to round the ‘keeper and from a tight angle, direct the ball into the net.

In the second half, both teams had the ball in the net but both goals were flagged for offside. City sub, Kirsty Howat also struck the crossbar for her side.

The result means Glasgow City remain level on points with Hibernian, but they’re now a goal behind on goal difference. Celtic also remain third but with Forfar Farmington’s win, they’re just two behind ahead of fourth.

Scottish Building Society SWPL 2

Heart of Midlothian 0-1 Aberdeen

Aberdeen pulled off perhaps one of the surprise results of the weekend, taking all three points away to Hearts.

With only a squad of 12 players for the game, it seemed as though fatigue may come into play. This was especially after they scored with just 15 minutes played through Bayley Hutchison allowing plenty of time for the home side to respond. However, they managed to hold on against the Edinburgh team and massively boost their survival prospects.

Aberdeen jump up to seventh in the league, now five points from safety with seven games remaining. Hearts have fallen to fifth in the league, seven points from the relegation zone. They could potentially be sixth by Wednesday evening if EUHV win their midweek match against Central Girls.

Central Girls 2-7 Glasgow Girls

Glasgow Girls secured the biggest win of the weekend over Central Girls, lifting them up the table to fourth.

As has often been the case this season, it was Central Girls who opened the scoring. Kate Nicholson got in behind the Glasgow Girls defence before rounding the goalkeeper and passing the ball into an empty net. However, Glasgow Girls were level just minutes later as Lauren Evans laid the ball back to Rachael Armit who hammered the ball into the net.

Glasgow Girls then added two goals in quick succession, both scored by Lauren Coleman. Her first goal was a loose ball in the box which she latched onto and smashed home. Her second was a glanced header into the bottom corner, minutes before the break.

It was the away team that started the second half just like the end of the first, with goals. Armit cut the ball back into Megan Logan who took one touch before firing the ball into the roof of the net. With an hour played, Glasgow Girls got their fifth and Coleman got her hat-trick. This time her long range effort looped towards goal and went in over the head of the Central Girls’ ‘keeper.

Central Girls kept fighting and reduced the deficit with a long range effort of their own before Kim McAlpine’s free-kick from distance struck the crossbar. However, Glasgow Girls held on and concluded the scoring with two in the final 10 minutes. Evans got herself a goal and Sophie McGoldrick got the final say after driving into the box.

Glasgow Girls are now fourth and just four points behind second. Central Girls finished the day bottom after Aberdeen’s victory but remain eight points from safety with a game in hand to be played on Wednesday.

St Johnstone 1-2 Motherwell

Motherwell kept their match towards the SBSSWPL 2 title on track with a tough fought victory away to St Johnstone.

The away side took the lead through Sammy Hare but St Johnstone were level with half an hour played. Rebecca McGowan getting the goal for The Saints, a wonderful bit of teamwork before a great strike from a tight angle.

However, Motherwell kept their 13 point gap at the top with Megan Burns firing in the winner with 62 minutes played. The title favourites now face second placed FC Kilmarnock in a fortnight, which could put Motherwell 16 points clear with six games left. St Johnstone remain third but are just a point above fourth.

FC Kilmarnock 3-2 Edinburgh University Hutchison Vale

FC Kilmarnock and Edinburgh University Hutchison Vale (EUHV) played out an entertaining match in SBSSWPL 2, with FC Kilmarnock edging the game in the final minutes.

The home side found themselves 2-0 up at half-time with Lisa Swanson scoring on her debut after 18 minutes and they doubled their lead just two minutes later through Clare Docherty. The only negative for the home side was a sending off right before the whistle.

EUHV made that player advantage tell in the second half and were level after 67 minutes. Lucy Brown got their first and Anna Hume brought them level. However, with a minute left of normal time, FC Kilmarnock got the winner, Lauren Sloan the hero for her side.

The result means that FC Kilmarnock are now second, three points clear of third. That result also means that Motherwell can’t win the league when the two sides face on the 19th of August. EUHV remain sixth in the league but if they win midweek against Central Girls, they could jump up to fifth.

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