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#SBSSWPL Round-up – 13/05/2018

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Spartans 1-3 Forfar Farmington

Forfar Farmington made it three wins in a row with another impressive victory on their travels.

Two quickfire goals gave the visitors a 2-0 lead at half-time. Nicola Davidson rifled home after 32 minutes and four minutes later, Cheryl Kilcoyne smashed the crossbar from 20 yards before the ball bounced over the line.

With only three minutes in the second half, Forfar sealed the win with Danni McGinley scoring in back-to-back games. Spartans did reduce the deficit with Rachel McDonald-Nguah scoring with five minutes left.

The result lifts Forfar Farmington up to fourth and they’re only five points from top. For Spartans, they drop to seventh and remain just two points from safety.

Celtic 4-0 Hamilton Academical

Celtic were made to work for their win against Hamilton Accies with the two sides level at the break.

It took the home side 52 minutes to break the deadlock through Joesphine Giard and less than 10 minutes later, she doubled their lead for her fourth goal of the season. Nicole Cairney sealed the win with 80 minutes played before Colette Cavanagh put icing on the cake just three minutes later.

The result means that Celtic jump to second in the league, ahead of Hibernian on goals scored. They’ll be back down to third should Hibs win or draw against Hamilton on Wednesday. Hamilton remain bottom but are still just two points from safety after Spartans’ defeat.

Glasgow City 1-1 Hibernian

The two Scottish Building Society SWPL 1 rivals shared the spoils again after another close encounter.

Hibernian were the better team in the first 45 minutes and deservedly took the lead into half time. Lizzie Arnot opening the scoring after 18 minutes with a tidy finish into the bottom corner.

It was a game of two halves though as Glasgow City came back much stronger in the next 45. They equalised with just five minutes gone in the half and as both teams pushed for a winner, City came closest with Kirsty Howat having her effort blocked on the line.

The two sides remain locked in the league, both level on points having played seven games each with only goal difference putting City ahead. The two sides are next scheduled to meet at Petershill Park on Sunday 21st October which could potentially be a title decider.

Stirling University 2-0 Rangers

Stirling Uni pulled off perhaps the shock of the weekend with a win over Rangers. Before the game, Stirling hadn’t won since the 1st of April and Rangers were 4-0 victors at home to Stirling a fortnight later.

It was the home side that took the lead with 30 minutes played. Lauren Doran-Barr, a former Rangers player, beating the offside trap before squeezing the ball past the ‘keeper and into the net.

As to be expected, it was a tight game which could have gone either way. However, Stirling sealed their win with 10 minutes left. Beth McKay scoring a wonder goal from 25 yards out to give her side an important win.

The victory moves Stirling up to sixth and they’re now five points from bottom. For Rangers, they drop below Forfar into fifth and are just a point above Stirling.

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Aberdeen 2-2 Central Girls

It was a close game in Aberdeen as both sides shared the spoils.

The two team were level at a goal each at the break. Chloe Gover with the opener for Aberdeen before Kim Mcalpine equalised with just under 30 minutes played.

Aberdeen took the lead again with 75 minutes gone through Lauren Gordon and would have hoped to hold out. However, the lead lasted just three minutes as Ellie Kane brought the sides level.

The result means that the bottom three remain exactly the same with Central bottom and two points from safety. Aberdeen are in sixth and are six points from fifth.

FC Kilmarnock 0-1 Glasgow Girls

Glasgow Girls won their fifth game in six matches with an impressive victory over title chasing FC Kilmarnock.

The newly promoted side knew they’d have to win in order to maintain their chances of catching Motherwell. However, Glasgow Girls had other ideas and opened the scoring through Lucy Mcewan with 31 minutes played.

The result moves Glasgow Girls up to third and they’re now a point behind second placed FC Kilmarnock. The hosts remain second but they’re now eight points behind Motherwell and that looks like a huge gap given their current form.

Motherwell 2-1 Hearts

Motherwell made it their eighth win in a row but were made to work for their victory at home to Hearts, with the winner coming seven minutes from time.

The opener came for Motherwell with Hayley Cunningham scoring her eighth goal of the season with 35 minutes played. However, instead of adding to their scoreline as they’ve done throughout this season, it was Hearts that equalised. Jennifer Smith, just 15 years old, with the goal after 42 minutes.

Hearts were looking to hold on for the draw but Motherwell eventually made their pressure tell. Lesley Condie getting the winner from a scaramble with 83 minutes gone.

The result means that Motherwell are now eight points clear at the top and it looks like a huge task for anyone to catch them. Hearts drop down to fifth but are just three points from second.

St Johnstone 3-3 Edinburgh University Hutchison Vale

St Johnstone made it three games unbeaten with a high-scoring draw at home to EUHV.

It was St Johnstone who had the lead at the break, 1-0. Rebecca McGowan opening the scoring with 32 minutes played.

It was the second half when the goals flooded in. EUHV equalised with 50 minutes gone through Anna Hume before Beth Macleod grabbed a brace for the away side. Her goals after 71 and 78 minutes looked like they would give the visitors a massive three points.

However, St Johnstone battled back with Ellie Cowie making it 2-3 after 79 minutes. Then with two minutes of normal time left, the home side were awarded a penalty which Rachel Todd converted.

The result leaves St Johnstone middle of the table in fourth and just two points from second. EUHV remain seventh after Aberdeen and Central Girls drew as well.

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