As the SWPL 1 resumed after its summer break, Rangers defeated Celtic to move within two points of their Glasgow rivals.
Sunday 27th August
SCOTTISH WOMEN’S PREMIER LEAGUE 1
Aberdeen 1-3 Stirling University
Rangers 2-1 Celtic
Spartans 0-0 Hamilton Academical
Buchan 3-2 East Fife
Edinburgh University Hutchison Vale 1-0 Hearts
Jeanfield Swifts 1-1 Forfar Farmington
Motherwell 3-3 Glasgow Girls
Celtic suffered an own-goal and two disallowed efforts, as they were beaten for the second time this season by arch rivals Rangers.
Claire Adams’ 30-yard strike was tipped over the bar by Celtic keeper Megan Cunningham before the Hoops had the ball in the net after a free kick was knocked onto the post, only for the goal to be ruled out.
Rangers opened the scoring early in the second half, as Hayley Sinclair’s dangerous ball into the box went in off an attempted clearance from debutant Cheryl McCulloch.
Lauren Davidson doubled the lead, latching onto Chelsea Watson’s through ball she chipped the ball in via the crossbar.
The offside flag then denied Celtic’s Heather Richards a goal back and it wasn’t until late on that they got a consolation through Ruesha Littlejohn.
Stirling University went third in the league after a 3-1 success at a winless Aberdeen. Nicole Pullar bagged a brace and Jade Gallon converted a penalty for the students, who next host Glasgow City this Wednesday.
Hamilton gained only their fourth point of the campaign when holding hosts Spartans to a goalless draw but the result was enough to lift the home team into fourth spot.
Jeanfield Swifts held SWPL 2 leaders Forfar but Motherwell could not take advantage, as they shared six goals with third-placed Glasgow Girls.
Jade McDonald struck home for Swifts from 20 yards but they had Rhianna Tweedie sent off in stoppage time. Then in the 94th minute, a long range effort from Laura Parsley rescued a point for Forfar.
Suzanne Grant and Sophie Gallacher had Motherwell two up over Glasgow Girls at the interval but Lauren Evans scored twice and Rachel Ashe once as the visitors battled back for a draw.
Edinburgh University Hutchison Vale moved within 3 points 0f Hearts after defeating them with the only goal of the game. Anna Hume was played in by Nic Sturrock and lobbed the keeper from distance in the 16th minute.
Buchan are 4 points clear of the bottom after edging East Fife 3-2 in the basement battle.
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