Scottish Women's Premier League

#SBSSWPL Round-up – 19/08/2018

August 20th 2018

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Spartans 0-2

Hibs maintained their unbeaten status in 2018, though were made to work for three points against bottom of the table Spartans.

With 30 minutes played, Abi Harrison got her 13th Scottish Building Society SWPL goal of the season. She turned her marker on the edge of the box before driving forward and firing into the roof of the net. With half an hour remaining, Hibernian doubled their lead. Emma Brownlie heading in from a Lisa Robertson corner to secure the victory.

Hibernian drop down to second in the table on goal difference but remain level on points with Glasgow City. Spartans are still bottom but are just one point from safety.

Rangers 2-3 Stirling University

It was a highly entertaining affair at New Tinto Park as Stirling University came away with a potentially huge three points.

It was the away side that took the lead with just six minutes played. Former Rangers player, Lauren Doran-Barr, getting the goal. With 33 minutes played, Rangers got an equaliser through Chantelle Brown. She received the short corner before proceeding to fire the ball into the bottom corner.

Just five minutes later though, Stirling retook the lead. Lisa Sutherland with the free-kick which passed by goalkeeper Khym Ramsay and left Demi Falconer to head the ball into an empty net. Again though, Rangers equalised two minutes into the second half. Nic Pullar, confirmed as a Rangers player this week, scoring a stunning goal to level the score.

However, the winning goal came right at the death for Stirling. The ball was cleared away and was picked up by Kendra Bosnall who drove forward before striking into the net.

The win means that Stirling are now eight points above the relegation zone and just four points behind Rangers. The home side missed an opportunity to jump back into the top four but remain three points behind Forfar Farmington.

Celtic 4-1 Hamilton Academical

Celtic survived after being a goal down at half time against Hamilton to fight back and claim all three points. The away side took the lead after 12 minutes, Katie Rice playing in Lori Gardiner who calmly slotted passed the outrushing Emily Mutch.

However, it took just seven minutes in the second half for Celtic to equalise, though it was a fortunate goal. From the corner, a poor ball in was flicked towards goal and then took a wicked deflection of Dionne Brown into the net.

Celtic then took the lead, another goal through a Hamilton deflection. Rachel Donaldson came inside from the right before striking the ball towards goal with her left foot. It’s unclear if the shot was on target but Amy Anderson put it pass her own ‘keeper with the touch.

With five minutes remaining, Celtic added a further two goals. It started with Chloe Craig’s free-kick, which unsighted Lauren Grant and she couldn’t get down quick enough to stop the shot. Craig then got the fourth, an easy tap-in at the back post after a Cheryl McCulloch cross.

The result extends Celtic’s lead over Forfar Farmington to five points. Hamilton remain seventh after Spartans also lost.

Glasgow City 6-0 Forfar Farmington

Glasgow City climbed back to top of the SBSSWPL 1 table after a comprehensive victory over Forfar Farmington.

The home side opened the scoring after just three minutes. Kulis’ powerful effort was well saved but only went as far as Sammy Kerr and her effort was deflected into the Forfar net.

In the second half, City opened the flood gates starting with a Jo Love double. Her first with 48 minutes played was passed into the corner from outside the box. Her second came two minutes later as she made a good run into the box and met the cross in from Megan Foley to head across the Forfar goalkeeper.

With 57 minutes played, Kirsty Howat got their fourth. Her effort coming down off the crossbar and given as a goal. Then, minutes later, Nicola Docherty made it five from a cross-cum-shot. The final goal came with minutes left. Jo Love’s effort was blocked with a Forfar hand and the penalty was given for Leanne Ross to convert.

The result puts Glasgow City top of the table on goal difference, three goals ahead of Hibernian. Forfar Farmington remain fourth after Rangers’ defeat to Stirling University.

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Edinburgh University Hutchison Vale 1-2 Heart of Midlothian

Hearts inflicted the first league defeat at home on Edinburgh University Hutchison Vale (EUHV), getting a big three points against their Edinburgh rivals.

The opening goal came after 33 minutes for Hearts. Dannielle Pagliarulo’s free-kick was judged to have come off the EUHV’s players’ hand. She then stepped up to take the penalty, slotting the ball into the net.

With 30 minutes to play, EUHV levelled the scoring with a fabulous goal. Nichola Sturrock’s free-kick on the edge of the box was sweetly struck, just skimming the post on the way into the goal. However, it was the home side that got the winner with seven minutes left. The corner was played onto the edge of the box and Pagliarulo was there to meet the ball and fire it home.

Hearts jump up the table to fourth, overtaking Glasgow Girls and EUHV. The home side fall to sixth, just five points above the relegation zone after Aberdeen’s victory.

FC Kilmarnock 2-3 Motherwell

Motherwell took another stride towards the SBSSWPL 2 title after another close fought victory in the league.

It was the home side that took the lead, Clare Docherty with a great header after 13 minutes. Seven minutes later though and the tie was level. Sammy Hare was played one-on-one and while denied initially, she eventually finished off from a tight angle.

The scores were level at the break, but Motherwell took the lead with 50 minutes played. Hare again, this time tapping in after the chance was put on a plate. However, it was FC Kilmarnock’s turn to battle back, Lisa Swanson making it 2-2 with a header across the ‘keeper and into the net.

Just three minutes later, the away side got the fifth and final goal from the penalty spot. Hayley Cunningham stepped up and hammered the ball into the net.

The result means that Motherwell could win the league next Sunday away to EUHV. FC Kilmarnock remain second, above St Johnstone on goal difference.

Glasgow Girls 3-4 Aberdeen

It was a seven goal thriller in Glasgow as Aberdeen won their second game in a row to keep their survival hopes alive.

With nine minutes gone, both sides were already off the mark. Lauren Evans scoring for the home side after five minutes before Aberdeen responded through Bayley Hutchison. Evans then restored Glasgow Girls’ lead 10 minutes later, but yet again they were pegged back. Georgia Carter making it 2-2 after 28 minutes.

Into the second half and Evans bagged her hat-trick just a minute after the restart. While they held on for nearly 25 minutes, Aberdeen eventually equalised with Hutchison getting her second of the day. Then, with just minutes remaining, Carter got her brace to seal victory for The Dons.

The result keeps Aberdeen seventh but they’re just five points from safety. Glasgow Girls drop to fifth, just six points above the relegation zone but also just four points from second.

St Johnstone 6-0 Central Girls

St Johnstone compounded Central Girls’ misery with another heavy defeat in the league for the away side.

Hannah Clark opened the scoring after just two minutes and Rebecca Foote doubled the lead 30 minutes later. It was then two goals in quick succession from Rachel Todd and Eilidh Knox to give St Johnstone a 4-0 lead at the break.

In the second half, Knox got her second after an hour played and Clark also grabbed a brace with 10 minutes remaining.

The result means that St Johnstone are level on points with FC Kilmarnock but behind on goal difference. Central Girls remain bottom, now six points behind Aberdeen and 11 points from safety.