#SBSSWPL: Narrow victory for Celtic Women as top three all win

Celtic scorer Caitlin Hayes
Caitlin Hayes was Celtic’s matchwinner against Hibs.  (Alex Todd/Sports Press Photo via Imago)

Celtic came away from Hibernian 1-0 winners to stay second in the SBS Scottish Women’s Premier League with two games to go.

Wednesday 26 May results:

Forfar Farmington 0-4 Rangers
Hibernian 0-1 Celtic
Motherwell 2-3 Spartans
Glasgow City 4-1 Hearts

Hayes on target for Hoops

Celtic kept a two-point gap between themselves and rivals Rangers with the only goal of the game at Hibernian, as they chase a top-two finish.

The decisive moment came a minute before the break, when Caitlin Hayes headed in at the back post after Anna Filbey and Lisa Robertson combined at a corner kick.

The match saw a limited return of fans permitted and all tickets were snapped up.

Glasgow City overcome Hearts resistance

Glasgow City remain three points clear at the top after a 4-1 defeat of basement side Hearts, who had equalised early in the second half.

Hayley Lauder put away a cross from Julia Molin after only eight minutes but Hearts hit back when Paige McAllister headed towards goal from a corner and Mariel Kaney turned it in.

Janine Van Wyk and Niamh Farrelly both struck in a four-minute spell around the hour mark, with Aoife Colvill rounding off the scoring.

Rangers’ Arnot contributes a goal and two assists

Rangers ran out 4-0 winners at Forfar Farmington, as they bid to take the second Champions League berth.

Daina Bourma’s goal from a Rachel McLauchlan cross was the difference at the break, Lizzie Arnot had a goal ruled out before delivering a corner which Sam Kerr headed home.

Arnot was again the provider as Chantelle Swaby found the net, before scoring herself late on.

Spartans fightback to overturn two-goal deficit

Spartans are closing in on a fourth-place finish following a 3-2 victory at Motherwell, achieved despite trailing 2-0 at half-time.

The hosts struck twice in five minutes close to the break, through Jade Gallon and Kaela McDonald-Nguah.

Alana Marshall got one back on the rebound from her penalty parried by Truly Pollard, before scoring again from open play after a cut-back by Michaela McAlonie.

With 12 minutes to go, Marshall turned provider as McAlonie went through on goal who challenged by the keeper but the ball found its way into the net.

Fixtures for Sunday 30 May

Hearts v Hibernian (Oriam National Performance Centre, 1pm)
Celtic v Forfar Farmington (K-Park Training Academy, 2pm)
Rangers v Motherwell (Rangers Football Academy, 4pm)
Spartans v Glasgow City (Ainslie Park, 4.10pm) – Live on BBC Alba

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