Photo by Ian Cairns
Rangers bounced back from their SWPL Cup exit with a five-star showing at home to Motherwell on Wednesday night.
Brianna Westrup, Rachel McLauchlan, Zoe Ness, Kayla McCoy and Lizzie Arnot were all on the scoresheet as the league leaders hammered their Lanarkshire visitors.
The first chance fell the way of the hosts after 10 minutes when Kirsten Reilly’s cross was headed goalwards by Ness, but Khym Ramsay saved well before Arnot shot over from the edge of the area.
Rangers then missed two glorious chances to open the scoring four minutes later, Ness first heading a right-wing cross off the underside of the bar before Jane Ross somehow headed over from close range after Reilly nodded the ball into her path.
On 23 minutes though, they did take the lead. Motherwell stepped out from a free-kick, Brogan Hay sent the ball back into the box and Westrup, having stayed onside, lobbed the ball expertly over Ramsay.
Motherwell did try to make things difficult for the home side, restricting them to shots from distance as best they could, a Chelsea Cornet strike into the side netting about as close any of them would come. They rarely broke forward themselves such was the home side’s pressure, but their first effort on target five minutes before half time almost caught out Jenna Fife, with Murron Cunningham’s dipping volley forcing the keeper to backtrack well to collect.
Unfortunately for the Well though, Rangers would make it two almost immediately with McLauchlan cutting in on her left foot and driving low into the net from the edge of the area although Ramsay will feel she should have done better.
Two was soon three with McLauchlan again involved, her cross being headed back across goal by Arnot for Ness to drive home.
The away side did have a chance to pull one back from a corner soon after, but Cunningham was again denied after a clever cutback from Katie Rice as Rangers went in comfortably ahead at the break.
For over half an hour, the second half was one of the most uneventful you’ll see, but with 12 minutes remaining, Rangers did add a fourth goal. Substitute McCoy firing home from close range after great work from Cornet on the right.
It should have been five straight from kick off as the Well lost possession, allowing Arnot through on goal. She chose to square to Hay, but she took a bad touch, and the chance was gone.
The Gers did make it 5-0 in the 90th minute though with another substitute, Watson picking out Arnot who showed good composure to roll the ball past Ramsay into the net to round off the scoring and maintain Rangers’ two point lead at the top of the table.
Rangers: Fife; McLauchlan (MacLean, 84), Westrup, Vance (Swaby, 73), Docherty; Cornet, Reilly (Middag, 63), Ness (Watson, 73); Hay, Arnot, Ross (McCoy, 63)
Motherwell: Ramsay; Addie, Crosbie (McDonald-Nguah, 87), Watson, Rice; Cunningham (Gardner, 52), Crichton, Anderson, Inglis, Hay (Hughes, 66); Boyce