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#SBSSWPL Round-up – 24/06/2018

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Stirling University 2-0 Spartans

Stirling University came away with a big three points against Spartans, extending their gap to the relegation spot to six points with eight games left to play.

Spartans will feel frustrated by the result after dominating possesion for large parts of the game but failed to create any clear cut opportunities. Their best chances came early on but Stirling ‘keeper, Chloe Logan, made some excellent saves to keep the score 0-0.

Stirling University opened the scoring after 13 minutes. Rebecca Galbraith was brought down inside the box before stepping up to calmy slot the ball home. Spartans continued to apply pressure on Stirling but couldn’t find their clincal touch. The closest chance came from a corner in the second half but Rebecca Blair was on the post to divert the ball away from goal.

With less than a minute of normal time remaining, Stirling University were awarded their second penalty of the day. The handball seemed harsh but Blair sealed the win with a cool penalty.

Stirling remain sixth in the league but are now six points clear of bottom. Spartans occupy that spot but are still a point from safety after Hamilton’s result.

Hibernian 4-2 Celtic

David Haley’s last game in charge ended in dramatic fashion as Hibs scored three goals in the last seven minutes and Celtic had three players sent-off.

After the SWPL Cup victory and their unbeaten run this season, Hibernian were the strong favourites coming into this one. However, Celtic were 0-2 up after 16 minutes. Cheryl McCulloch with the opener and Ruesha Littlejohn with the second. The home side managed to get a goal back before the break thanks for Jamie-Lee Napier.

With 83 minutes played, the game took a dramatic turn. Abi Harrison equalised for Hibs and as players fought for the ball in the net, Colette Cavanagh and McCulloch were shown their second yellow cards and sent off.

The home side made the advantage tell as Harrison gave them the lead with 88 minutes played and Siobhan Hunter guaranteed the points, smashing the ball home from the penalty spot. Before the game was done, Georgie Rafferty earned herself a straight red card for kicking out at Shannon McGregor.

The result means that Hibernian keep pace with Glasgow City and are three points behind but with a game in hand. Celtic remain third going into the break but are 12 points behind City with eight games left.

Forfar Farmington 1-6 Glasgow City

Glasgow City made it six wins in a row with another emphatic victory in the league. Forfar have now suffered two defeats on the bounce but both loses have come against the top two sides.

While it was a convincing result, Forfar Farmington still proved tough opposition. Abbi Grant opened the scoring for City after 10 minutes and Jo Love doubled their lead after 18 minutes. However, Forfar were back within touching distance as Megan Robb halved their lead after 36 minutes.

That score didn’t last long though. Glasgow City restored their two goal lead a minute later as Grant got her second of the match. City added a further three goals in the final 15 minutes of the match. Nicola Docherty, Maddie Hill, and Hayley Lauder with the goals.

Glasgow City go into the break on top of the table, three points clear of Hibernian. Forfar Farmington slip down to fifth with Rangers now fourth on goal difference.

Rangers 3-0 Hamilton Academical

Rangers added another win to their run and scored another three goals before the break, gaining some revenge for their Scottish Cup defeat last Sunday.

As expected, it was a close game with the game goalless at the break. However, it took just 34 seconds in the second half for Rangers to open the scoring though Hayley Sinclair. With 15 minutes left, Leah Eddie doubled their lead and the points were sealed as Jade Gallon headed home after 92 minutes.

The result means that Rangers jump above Forfar Farmington into fourth on goal difference. Hamilton remain seventh thanks to Spartans’ loss but they are just one point above the relegation spot.

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Aberdeen 1-3 Edinburgh University Hutchison Vale

Edinburgh University Hutchison Vale (EUHV) extended their unbeaten run to five games and have now won their last three. Aberdeen are suffering the opposite kind of form, now nine games without a win.

It was the home side that started brightly and opened the scoring after just three minutes through Holly Stewart. The score remained that way at half time but EUHV changed the course of the match in the next 45 minutes.

Katherine Smart eqaulised after 55 minutes and Nichola Sturrock gave them the lead just seven minutes later. Then, with 77 minutes played, Beth Macleod gave EUHV a comfortable lead to secure all three points.

EUHV remain sixth in the league but are now eight points clear of the relegation zone and just five points from second. Aberdeen remain bottom of the table on goal difference with EUHV the team to catch should they want to avoid the drop.

Motherwell 7-0 Glasgow Girls

Motherwell extended their unbeaten league run to 12 games with a convincing win over Glasgow Girls.

The home side were 2-0 up at half time with goals from Kerry Montgomery and Suzanne Mulvey. They added a further five goals in the next 45 minutes through Mulvey, Kirsty McLaughlin, Megan Burns, and Caitlin Russell who grabbed a brace.

Motherwell’s win and FC Kilmarnock’s result mean they are now 13 points clear at the top of the table with eight games remaining. Glasgow Girls drop to fifth in the table but are still just four points from second.

Central Girls 1-4 Hearts

Hearts picked up a big three points before the break to put themselves 10 points clear of the drop while Central Girls know it’s going to be a tough task to climb out of the relegation zone.

A spell of just 11 minutes gave Hearts a comfortable lead. Ashley Carse opened the scoring from the edge of the box, firing home after 27 minutes. Sharon Hughes then doubled the lead after 35 minutes, prodding the ball home at the back post from a set piece. Three minutes later, Courtney McAvoy completed the first half scoring, smashing the ball into the top corner.

In the second half, Central Girls came out much brighter and got a goal back after 67 minutes. Ellie Kane heading the ball into net and giving Central a lifeline. As the home side pushed, they almost got another goal if not for an excellent Hearts ‘keeper save one-on-one. However, Hearts made sure of the win after 79 minutes as McAvoy got her second goal of the game.

The result pushes Hearts up to fourth going into the break while Central Girls remain seventh on goal difference. They’re now eight points from safety with nine games left to play.

FC Kilmarnock 2-3 St Johnstone

St Johnstone battled back from 2-0 down to win 3-2 at Rugby Park, lifting them level on points with their opponents.

The home side took a two goal lead after just 15 minutes. Lauren Sloan with the opener after 10 minutes with Kirsty Munro getting the second just five minutes later. Before the break, St Johnstone halved the lead through Rebecca McGowan.

With 65 minutes played, St Johnstone brought the game level through Laura Dunn and with just minutes left to play they got the winner through Jade McDonald.

FC Kilmarnock remain second, above St Johnstone, on goal difference with both sides level on 21 points. Both sides after enjoy the exact same record having win six, drawn three, and lost four after 13 games.

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