Scottish Women’s Championship fightbacks by Ayr, East Fife and Inverness

Ayr United v Dryburgh Athletic
Lauren Sloan scores her second goal as Ayr United stepped up their fightback against Dryburgh Athletic. (Photo by Russel Hutcheson/Sportpix/Sipa USA)

Ayr United, Inverness Caledonian Thistle and East Fife all came from behind to maintain their recent form in the SWF Championship, while leaders Rossvale won convincingly at home to stay top.

Early goals from Kiah Irvine and Derrian Gollan put Dryburgh Athletic in the driving seat in Cumnock before Ayr United’s Lauren Sloan scored either side of half time to level things up. Kimberly Dick slotted home a penalty for Ayr on 55 minutes to take the points and stay 4second in the Championship table, behind a Rossvale side who won 4-0 at home against Edinburgh City.

Third-placed Inverness Caledonian Thistle found themselves behind in only seven minutes at Lawsondale in Aberdeen as Lyndsey Brown scored for the home side, but the Highlanders shrugged off the challenge and poor weather to run out 5-3 winners with a brace for Betty Ross and goals from Julia Scott, Kayleigh Mackenzie and Iona Macarthur.

Goals from Niomi Lind and Georgia Park looked to spark a Westdyke recovery around the 70-minute mark, but Inverness recovered to take control back.

East Fife also found themselves behind early on as Hutchison Vale scored their first goals of the campaign, but spearheaded by former Hutchie captain Angyl Learmonth, the Fifers ran out 5-2 winners.

In the Renfrewshire derby, Renfrew moved up to fourth with a dominant 5-0 away win over Morton through Claire Rae, Sinead Macleod, Erin Gould and Emma Paterson.

Forfar Farmington v Giffnock SC
Cheryl Kilcoyne (Forfar Farmington) tries a shot at the Giffnock goal. (Photo by Alex Todd/Sportpix/SIPA USA)

In SWF’s League One, a postponement to BSC’s match against league leaders Edinburgh Caledonia due to a waterlogged pitch allowed Forfar Farmington to reclaim the top spot with a 5-1 victory over Giffnock Soccer Centre at home, while Falkirk strengthened their grip on third with a 5-0 victory over Airdrie Ladies.

Bonnyrigg Rose and Stenhousemuir also moved up the table, beating Dundee West 6-2 and Queen of the South 2-0 respectively.

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