Hibs Pair Sent Off Ahead Of Title Showdown

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Hibernian had two players dismissed in their 4-1 win at Rangers, a week before they host Glasgow City in what could prove to be the SWPL 1 title decider.

Sunday 5th November
SCOTTISH BUILDING SOCIETY SWPL 1
Aberdeen 3-0 Hamilton Academicals
Glasgow City 3-0 Stirling University
Rangers 1-4 Hibernian
Spartans 3-2 Celtic

SWPL 2
East Fife 1-2 Edinburgh University Hutchison Vale
Glasgow Girls 8-0 Buchan
Hearts 2-2 Forfar Farmington
Jeanfield Swifts 2-3 Motherwell

Grant brace keeps City on course

Glasgow City, who were recently held to a goalless draw at Stirling University, defeated the student side 3-0 in the return match.

Abbi Grant hit the post before later scoring at the second attempt, converting a Docherty cross after Logan pulled off a great save.

Six minutes before the interval it was 2-0, Katie McCabe setting up Leanne Crichton to fire home from inside the box.

The scoring was completed just after the hour mark, with Hayley Lauder’s pass sending Grant clear to slot home.

Suspensions loom for Hibs

Hibs kept the reigning champions in their sights with a 4-1 victory at Rangers, which was marred by two red cards for the title hopefuls.

They were one up when Joelle Murray picked out Kirsty Smith, who beat Jordyn Elliot from a tight angle.

Another Smith run toward the byline resulted in a cutback which Rachel Small fired home to double the lead.

It was 3-0 on half-time as Siobhan Hunter converted from the spot, after Abi Harrison had been fouled.

Rangers pulled a goal back through Chantelle Brown, with Hibs down to 9 players for the dying minutes, as both captain Murray and Lisa Robertson received second cautions.

Even so, they netted a fourth goal at the end, when Harrison curled home from the edge of the box.

Spartans gain on Celtic

Spartans are four points behind third-placed Celtic after edging them 3-2.

Rachel Walkingshaw’s opener was cancelled out by Sarah Ewens on 28 minutes.

Ronaigh Dougles restored the advantage before Elena Santoyo made it 3-1, with Kelly Clark keeping Celtic in it with their second goal.

Dons off the mark

Aberdeen at last registered their first win of the league season, a 3-0 result over Hamilton keeping up slim hopes of avoiding the drop.

Chloe Fitzpatrick got all three goals but with the Dons needing to win both their two remaining games to have a hope of staying up and one of their opponents being Glasgow City, the odds are hugely against them.

Glasgow Girls lead runners-up race 

Hearts let slip a 2-0 lead as SWPL 2 winners Forfar rescued a point. A Megan McCarthy own-goal and Danni Pagliarulo free-kick were cancelled out in the last quarter of the game, as Danni McGinley and Caroline Heron hit back.

Glasgow Girls still lead Motherwell by a point in the battle for the runners-up spot, after they thrashed Buchan 8-0 and the latter came away from Jeanfield Swifts 3-2 winners. The pair meet in their final game next Sunday.

Georgie McTier got a couple for Glasgow Girls, the other six goals shared by Kirsty McDonald, Lauren Evans, Cole Docherty, Lauren Coleman, Kirstin McGuire and Sophie McGoldrick.

Jade McDonald and Rachel Todd had Jeanfield 2-1 up over Motherwell but the visitors turned the game around with goals in the last 7 minutes.

Edinburgh University Hutchison Vale are up to fifth having won 2-1 at East Fife. Nichola Sturrock and Anna Hume had Vale two up at the break, with the home side pulling a goal back via a free-kick.

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