Rossvale seize initiative for SWPL play-off place

Inverness Caledonian Thistle
Inverness Caledonian Thistle celebrate scoring during the draw with leaders Livingston. (Donald Cameron | SportPix for SWF)

Rossvale have leapfrogged Renfrew into the play-off spot in the Scottish Women’s Championship with a 4-2 victory against their rivals in Glasgow.

Rossvale claimed second in the table on goal-difference, but it was Renfrew who had the lead at half-time through MacLeod and Wilkie. Rossvale came back with a double from McJacobs and a goal from Whiteford to add to the opener from Amy Allan. A late free kick from Renfrew set up a thrilling injury time but the visitors could not grab the equaliser.

Meanwhile, league leaders Livingston were held 3-3 in Inverness by a Caledonian Thistle side after ICT manager Karen Mason had fired a warning shot for her players ahead of the tie.

They responded with taking the first points from Livingston in the Championship in several months, goals from Tina Kelly, Lorna Macrae and Iona Macarthur cancelling out strikes from Ashley Elizabeth, Beth McKay and Brogan Anderson for the visitors.

Ayr United continued recent good form with an assured 6-0 victory in Edinburgh against a Hutchison Vale side which has lost some key players in recent weeks. Taysum and Duthie added to doubles from Sloan and Docherty to keep things comfortable for the visitors.

Dryburgh Athletic opened up some distance between themselves and bottom side Morton with a convincing 4-1 victory in Port Glasgow.

In League One, leaders FC Edinburgh beat Giffnock SC 6-0 at home while the joust for second place saw Westdyke put 12 past Dundee West, including five goals from the in-form Kayleigh Traynor. Falkirk and Grampian played out a 1-1 draw in the north east.

St Mirren welcomed Edinburgh Caledonia
Kelly Ross (St Mirren) goes for the acrobatic against Edinburgh Caledonia. (Ger Harley, SportPix for SWF)

Edinburgh Caledonia defeated top six side St Mirren 7-4 despite a spirited fightback in the last minutes by the Buddies, while Airdrie beat BSC Glasgow 4-0 away.

In the Biffa SWFL, the battle for the top saw Harmony Row beat Alloa Athletic 6-1 to lead the West table, while a draw between Bonnyrigg Thistle and Livingston Reserves allowed Central Girls to go to first in the Biffa SWFL East after narrowly winning over McDermid Ladies. Edinburgh South took the points with a 1-0 derby victory over Edinburgh University Thistle.

In Biffa SWFL South, Kilwinning won 12-0 to keep pace with table-toppers Queen of the South, who themselves won 10-0. Forfar Farmington remain top of the Biffa SWFL North with a convincing defeat of Buchan.

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