Rangers lift Women’s Scottish Cup 

Rangers won the Women's Scottish Cup
Photo: Colin Poultney/SWPL

A late second goal saw Rangers 2-0 winners over Hearts in the Scottish Gas Women’s Scottish Cup final at Hampden Park.

Hearts kept Rangers at bay until the 24th minute, when Rachel McLauchlan thumped the ball past goalkeeper Charlotte Parker-Smith from 30 yards.

Brogan Hay and Kirsty Howat failed to find the target when well placed for Rangers, while Hearts had one first-half effort on target but Carly Girasoli’s header from a corner was straight at Victoria Esson.

Kathleen McGovern could only direct a first-time effort to the Rangers keeper, while Hearts’ custodian Parker-Smith saved at the feet of both Kirsty Maclean and Rio Hardy.

Rachel Rowe went round the Hearts keeper only to be thwarted by the tackle of Monica Forsyth, Parker-Smith then making a sharp save when a cut-back ricocheted off Rowe.

Esson struggled to keep out a powerful cross from Girasoli but with four minutes of the ninety remaining, Lizzie Arnot swept the ball into the bottom corner from 20 yards to seal victory for Rangers.

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