#SBSSWPL 2: Second promotion place goes down to the wire

Hamilton Academical celebrations
Hamilton Academical are best placed to secure the second promotion spot. (Photo: iancairnsmedia.co.uk)

The SBS Scottish Women’s Premier League 2 promotion race comes to a conclusion on Sunday, with three teams still chasing second spot.

Hamilton Academical have it in their hands to clinch the second promotion place, victory at home to Kilmarnock will see them go up to SWPL 1.

Dundee United and Partick Thistle are the other contenders for the runners-up spot but both will likely need a win to have a chance of achieving second place, one problem being that they play each other. The Jags are the away team and have a point more than Dundee but a point less than Hamilton, with inferior goal-difference compared to the Accies.

St Johnstone are level on points with Kilmarnock in the battle to finish fifth, having the easier fixture at home to bottom of the table Stirling University.

Changes are possible too in the three following positions, with Glasgow Women hosting ninth-placed Queen’s Park whom they lead by three points, Boroughmuir Thistle are a point better off than the Spiders but face a tough trip to the champions.

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The Dons went ten points clear at the top on Thursday evening, thrashing Glasgow Women 8-1 having clinched the title last weekend.

Bailley Collins scored inside 30 seconds from a Johan Fraser cross and it was 3-0 after just seven minutes, as Francesca Ogilvie twice delivered for Bayley Hutchison to net.

A second assist also for Fraser, with Eilidh Shore making it 4-0 on 17 minutes, before Glasgow pulled one back from long-range.

A great reverse pass by substitute Gordon found Eva Thomson in the area and her right foot effort was denied by the woodwork as the hosts went in search of more goals early in the second half.

Kelly Forest got the Dons’ fifth after a Shore effort was parried, Shore and Collins each added their second goals, with the former then completing her hat-trick from a fourth assist of the match by Ogilvie.

Final day fixtures: Sunday 4 July (4pm kick offs)

Aberdeen v Boroughmuir Thistle (Cormack Park)
Dundee United v Partick Thistle (D.I.S.C.)
St Johnstone v Stirling University (McDiarmid Park)
Glasgow Women v Queen’s Park (New Tinto Park)
Hamilton Academical v Kilmarnock (Fountain of Youth Stadium)

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