#SWPLCup: No third time lucky for Celtic Women

Glasgow City’s two-goal Clare Shine is tackled by Celtic’s Keeva Keenan. (Photo: Andy Buist)

Celtic have been runners-up in the Scottish Women’s Premier League Cup for the past two seasons but miss out on the final itself this year, bowing out 4-0 at Glasgow City in the quarter-finals.

SWPL Cup Quarter-Finals (24 March)

Rangers 4-1 Forfar Farmington
Motherwell 0-5 Spartans
Stirling University 0-6 Hibernian
Glasgow City 4-0 Celtic

Glasgow City struck three times in a ten-minute first-half spell, as Hayley Lauder fired home the opener and Clare Shine bagged a brace. Megan Foley rounded off the win after the interval from a cross by Nichola Docherty.

Hibernian continued their defence of the trophy by hitting Stirling University for six. Joelle Murray’s cross-cum-shot gave Hibs the lead on 8 minutes and Jamie-Lee Napier forced an own-goal before getting herself on the scoresheet. Siobhan Hunter volleyed home from a corner before the break, after which an Amy Gallagher effort led to a second own-goal and Ashley Fish nodded in her first for the club on the rebound from Caitlin Mitchie’s shot against the bar.

Spartans stunned hosts Motherwell with five goals inside the first half hour, Beth McKay hitting a hat-trick and Zoe Johnstone a double.

Rangers scored twice in either half in a 4-1 win over Forfar Farmington. Amy Muir won a penalty which Clare Gemmell converted, Hannah Coakley then netting in a goal-mouth scramble. Chantelle Brown set up Nic Pullar for the third and although Danni McGinley replied with a volley from the edge of the box, Carla Boyce completed the scoring for the hosts.

The draw for the semi-finals was made today, with both ties to be played on Sunday 14th April at Broadwood Stadium:

  • Spartans v Hibernian
  • Glasgow City v Rangers

Meanwhile in SWPL 2,  Hamilton Academical drew 1-1 at home to St Johnstone with Lori Gardner their scorer in the last minute after Rachel Todd converted a penalty for the visitors.

Next up there’s a top of the table SWPL 1 clash on Friday 29 March, when Hibernian host Glasgow City at Ainslie Park, kick off 7.45pm.