Scottish Women’s Championship: Livingston boost promotion bid

Greenock Morton v Hutchison Vale, SWF Championship,
Hutchison Vale moved back into the top half of the Championship with a 4-0 victory over Morton. (Alex Todd | Sportpix for SWF)

Livingston boosted their promotion bid with a convincing victory at the top of the Scottish Women’s Championship, FC Edinburgh did likewise in League One.

Goals from Livingston’s Anderson and Mulligan either side of a brace from Jeniffer Dodds saw the West Lothian side beat Ayr United 4-1 at home in the Championship, while Renfrew took advantage of Rossvale’s game being postponed to move into second in the table after a seven goal thriller against Inverness Caley Thistle. Goals from Brown, Macleod, Munro and Wilkie secured victory, with a double from Inverness’ Hossack and a goal from Mackenzie in reply from the Highlanders.

Hutchison Vale moved back into the top half of the Championship with a 4-0 victory over Morton, which included goals from Zoe Evans and Gabby Anderson, adding to a brace from captain Angyl Learmonth.

Deborah McLeod and Nic Rutherford will have had to compete for the match ball, after both grabbing hat-tricks for FC Edinburgh in their 10-0 demolition of Dundee West. Emma Mitchell got a double, with further goals from Hannah Markley and Jayden Simmons. The cup winners stretched their lead at the top of League One after second-placed Westdyke and third-placed Falkirk played out an entertaining 1-1 draw.

Westdyke v Falkirk SWF League One
Westdyke’s Bethany Cochran during the draw with Falkirk. (Jill Runcie | Sportpix for SWF)

The weekend also marked the opening day of the new Biffa SWFL short season in its new format, as part of the Scottish Women’s Football pyramid. SWFL cup holders Harmony Row made a promising start by beating Plate holders Motherwell Development 5-3 in Renfrew.

The new sides entering the leagues had mixed fortunes. South Glasgow’s Flip the Mindset played out an exciting 4-4 draw with Annan Athletic, Athena Glasgow lost 5-0 in Alloa, Edinburgh University Thistle beat Falkirk Development 7-2 and newly-formed Inverurie Locos edged out their also local rivals Huntly 1-0 in the North derby.

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