#SBSSWPL: Hibernian Ladies fightback to go top

Celtic’s keeper is beaten to the ball by a Hibs forward. (Photo: SWPL)

Hibernian overcame a deficit at home to Celtic, Glasgow City began with a 7-1 victory, while Motherwell were denied a dramatic late draw with the whistle blown before the ball went in.

Scottish Building Society SWPL results for 17 Feb.

SWPL 1

Hibernian 2-1 Celtic
Glasgow City 7-1 Spartans
Forfar Farmington 3-2 Motherwell
Stirling University 1-4 Rangers

SWPL 2

St Johnstone 0-2 Glasgow Girls
Hearts 9-0 Hutchison Vale
Partick Thistle 1-1 Hamilton Academical
FC Kilmarnock 1-1 Dundee United

SWPL 1 – Hibs replace Hoops at top

Hibernian fought back from a goal down to defeat early leaders Celtic and replace them at the top of the table. Natalie Ross gave Celtic an early lead and Hibs had Leah Eddie carried off but still turned the game round by the break with two set-piece goals from Kirsten Reilly. The first came as Chelsea Cornet headed Colette Cavanagh’s free kick into the danger area, the second was a direct strike into the far corner.

Glasgow City are straight into second spot after sinking Spartans 7-1 in their opening match, in which they paid tribute to Kat Lindner who died aged 39 past week. Captain Leanne Ross wore a special shirt bearing Lindner’s name. Kirsty Howat hit a hat-trick, there was a goal each for Jenna Clark Jo Love and Ross plus an own-goal and then a late consolation for Sarah Clelland.

Glasgow City’s Lara Ivanuša is held off by Spartans’ captain Alana Marshall. (Photo: Tommy Hughes)

Rangers also got off to a positive beginning with a 4-1 result at Stirling University, despite conceding first. Jane Callaghan got the goal when play continued after Rangers’ Lauren Gallon suffered a head injury and was subsequently replaced. But that spurred the away team on and there was a goal apiece from Hannah Coackley, Laura McCartney, Carla Boyce and Holly Naiper.

Forfar’s first points came at the expense of Motherwell by the odd goal in five, with the visitors controversially denied a last-gasp leveller. A Hannah Stewart double saw Forfar two up at half time and although Katie Rice replied from distance via the post, Donna Paterson soon headed home to restore the two-goal cushion. There was drama in added time when Mhairi Fyfe gave Motherwell late hope with their second goal but the final kick of the match from Kerry Montgomery was judged to have crossed the line after the whistle.

SWLP 2 – Hearts make it two wins from two

Hearts on the attack against Hutchison Vale. (Photo: SWPL)

Hearts are the only side in SWPL 2 with a 100% record after the second round of fixtures in which they netted nine against Hutchison Vale. Ashley Carse top scored with a treble, Caroline Heron bagged a brace and there were singles from Lauren Evans, Claire Delworth, Marie Kaney and Danni Pagliarulo (penalty).

Glasgow Girls are second on four points following a 2-0 victory at St Johnstone. Eleanor Smith scored 20 minutes in and Lauren Coleman sealed the win with quarter of an hour to go.

Partick drew again as visitors Hamilton got off the mark, Dionne Brown opened her Accies’ account early on but Mhairi Hawksworth equalised 2 minutes into the second 45.

One apiece was also the result as Kilmarnock kicked off their season at home to Dundee United. Lisa Swanson found space to fire into the roof of the net for Killie but Taylor Brackin got a late equaliser.