SWPL: Glasgow City beat Celtic, Rangers go top after Dundee Utd win as Hearts, Hamilton Accies and Aberdeen win | Football news
Glasgow City maintained their 100 per cent start to the SWPL season and finished off Celtics in the process thanks to a last-minute winner.
After last Sunday’s Sky Sports Cup heartbreak, Celtic’s disappointment was compounded at Petershill Park in a highly entertaining game.
Despite plenty of first-half chances, it was the keepers who came out on top with City’s Lee Gibson keeping out Kelly Clark’s header before Priscilla Chinchilla forced a fine save from Pamela Tajonar, who tipped her effort onto the bar.
The opening goal came early in the second half when Emily Whelan latched on to Chinchilla’s pass, rounded Tajonar but was then brought down in the box. The referee pointed to the spot and Lauren Davidson stepped up to put the hosts ahead – her 10th goal of the season.
With 75 minutes to go, Celtic equalized to set up a hectic finish to the match. Shen Menglu’s goal, most likely a cross, was not dealt with by the City defense and found the corner of the net much to Gibson’s frustration.
However, the incident was quickly forgotten as City finally got the important goal. With 90 minutes on the clock, the ball finally broke to Hayley Lauder inside the box who calmly sent it past Tajonar.
Celtic drop to third in the league, three points behind Rangers and Glasgow City. Both City and Rangers are in the semi-finals of the Sky Sports Cup next Sunday before the two teams meet on Sunday 20 November.
Rangers 5-0 Dundee United
Rangers moved back to the top of the SWPL table, capitalizing on Celtic’s loss over at Petershill Park.
As with all their games this season, Rangers were comfortable throughout. On top of scoring five goals, they extended their run to nine games without conceding.
With two minutes gone, Colette Cavanagh got her first goal of the season to give Rangers the lead. Kayla McCoy doubled that advantage just minutes later and with 33 minutes played Cavanagh got Rangers third.
Substitute Rachel McLauchlan made it four after coming on at half-time, and Lisa Martinez rounded off the scoring with 58 minutes gone.
Heart of Midlothian 1-0 Motherwell
Hearts tightened their grip on fourth place in the SWPL with a narrow win over Motherwell. The result mirrors the 2021/22 season where Hearts also won 1-0 at Oriam.
The only goal of the game came early with only 10 minutes left. Jenny Smith was sharp to beat her marker to the ball and was able to poke it in the direction of Rebecca McAllister. She went on to place the ball beautifully from the edge of the box, right into the top corner for the lead.
It was an even game with both sides close in the second half. With 64 minutes played, Georgia Timms fired at goal from a corner for Hearts, but her effort came over the inside of the post before being hacked to safety. Motherwell then came closest with three minutes remaining, Lauren Doran-Barr about to break the post with a rocket from 20 yards.
Hearts remain “best of the rest” outside the top three while Motherwell drop to ninth in the table.
Spartans 1-2 Hamilton Academical
Hamilton picked up their first win since August 21 and condemned the Spartans to back-to-back defeats in the SWPL with a 2-1 win at Ainslie Park.
Despite just three points separating the sides, Spartans were four places clear in the league and riding high after their Sky Sports Cup success over Celtic. They started the game better too, opening the scoring through a free kick from Sarah Clelland with 22 minutes played.
However, Hamilton fought back and the sides were level before the break. A penalty with four minutes left in the half was converted by Morgan Hay. Accies then took the lead with 64 minutes on the clock with Josi Giard getting his sixth goal of the season.
The Spartans went close through Becky Galbraith with five minutes remaining, but they couldn’t find the all-important equaliser. The Spartans drop to seventh with Hamilton close behind on goal difference.
Hibernian 0-0 Partick Thistle
Neither side could break the deadlock at the Meadowbank Stadium and had to settle for a point each despite dramatic late scenes.
Both sides were fairly even throughout, although it was the home side who were more likely to score. With 90 minutes on the clock, Hibs were awarded a penalty and looked like they would take three points at the death.
Eilidh Adams stepped up but her effort found the post before being returned back to the Hibs striker. She finished at the second attempt, but after a lengthy consultation with their assistants, the referee awarded a free kick to Partick Thistle against Adams.
The result moves Thistle into the top half of the table, two points behind fifth-placed Hibs.
Aberdeen 2-0 Glasgow Women
Aberdeen picked up their first win of the season when they played at Pittodrie for the first time in the 2022/23 campaign. With the sides occupying the bottom two places, it was clear that a win could be crucial in their bid for survival.
Aberdeen made home advantage count in front of over 1,600 supporters and took the lead with just over a quarter of an hour played. Nadine Hanssen headed in her first Aberdeen goal from a Francesca Ogilvie free kick.
Before the whistle, Aberdeen doubled their lead. A Chloe Gover corner from the right was met by the head of Jessica Broadrick who scored her first goal of the season.
Aberdeen are now four points above the automatic relegation places and three points behind Dundee United in 10th.