SWPL1 – Rangers v Hibernian

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A clinical first half performance from Hibernian ensured they would go into the mid-season break at the head of the chasing pack after a 6-0 victory against Rangers at New Tinto Park in Sunday afternoon’s Scottish Building Society SWPL1 encounter.

The home side had come into the game on the back of victories over Stirling University and Forfar Farmington which ensured they would be 4th in the table going into the summer but had yet to take points of off the three sides above them in the table whilst the visitors who had scored seven in midweek against Motherwell at Peffermill knew that a victory would be key when it came to keeping in touch with league leaders Glasgow City.

Hibernian started quickly and their first opportunity came with just two minutes on the clock as a Jamie Lee Napier cross found Cailin Michie in the box who saw her close range effort crash off the bar but they didn’t have long to wait for the opener as on the fourth minute the deadlock was broken. Midfielder Kirsty Morrison managed to keep the ball in near the touchline before before cutting inside and putting her shot past 17-year-old Chloe Nicolson in the Rangers goal. The Edinburgh side’s pressure would continue, however the opportunity to double their lead didn’t arrive until the 28th minute. After a fine save from Nicolson the ball bounced back out to Kirsten Reilly who’s effort fizzed towards Rangers midfielder Jade Gallon with Gallon adjudged to have handled the ball from close range. As the debate continued around the award it was left to Siobhan Hunter to step up and put Hibernian 2-0 to the good, her penalty just out of reach of the diving Nicolson. With Rangers trying to regroup the Ainslie Park side took their chance to extend the lead to three before the interval, after Napier’s close range effort cracked off the near post it was Michie who was quickest to react to the rebound and virtually guarantee the three points for her side. For Rangers it was a half of few chances, with an Amy Muir effort the only real attempt at troubling World Cup bound Jenna Fife in the Hibs goal.

Amy McDonald’s side did come out after the break with purpose though and would enjoy the majority of the possession and territory for the opening 25 minutes of the half although chances were at a premium with Holly Napier’s 15 yard strike the best they could muster. It looked as if Hibernian were happy to sit on the lead as both sides made changes as the half progressed but three goals in the last nine minutes added an emphatic note to the scoreline, a note that was perhaps a touch harsh given the Light Blues re-emergence into the game after the interval. On the 81st minute substitute Shannon Leishman saw her initial effort stopped by Nicolson but it would again be a Hibs attacker reacting quicker than the Rangers’ defence as she tucked home the fourth. An 88th minute header from substitute Amy Gallacher and an injury time strike from Jamie Lee Napier rounded out the scoring as Hibernian ended a productive week that started with an SWPL Cup triumph and ended with 13 goals and six points from two league matches. As for Rangers, it was a familiar story with moments of control and quality juxtaposed with mental lapses and lack of composure in front of goal.

Hibernian Head Coach, Grant Scott: “It’s been a smashing week, I wasn’t expecting that goal bounce today but we got in early and that helps to open up the opposition. Anything less than the three points today we would have been devastated going into the break and the fact we’ve won the cup and these two games after that blip, and I genuinely think it was a blip (against Celtic), is great.

“We’ll make a couple of plans to freshen up the squad, we’ll train a bit and give the players a bit of break before getting them back for end of June ahead of the Champions League qualifying section.”

Rangers Head Coach, Amy McDonald: “We were disappointed to go in 3-0 at half time and I thought the penalty was really soft and I think the standards of the officials need to improve. I thought we did well to rattle Hibs after half time but to lose those three goals at the end of the game was pretty sore to take. I think we’re too nice at times and we need to go and challenge them, we had chances which we didn’t take. It’s such small margins for us now, it’s an area we need to improve, but it’s the hardest bit too improve.

(On the first half of the season) Really disappointed. We’ve shown that we can play good football and complete against good players but then there’s lapses in concentration which makes it really frustrating.”

FT: Rangers 0-6 Hibernian

Goals Hibernian: Morrison (4′), Hunter (p,28′), Michie (34′), Leishman (81′), Gallacher (89′), Napier (90+3′)

Rangers: Nicolson, Dalgliesh, Coakley, Watson, Muir, Gemmell, J. Gallon, Robertson, Brown, Napier, Boyce. Subs: Honeyman, Inglis, McQuillan, Donnelly, McCartney, Hay, Ramsay.

Hibernian: Fife, Napier, Hunter, Michie, McGregor, Cavanagh, Notley, Murray, Cornet, Morrison, Reilly. Subs: Tweedie, Davidson, Currie, Leishman, Gallacher, Gibb.

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SWPL2 – Hamilton Academical v Glasgow Girls

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Hamilton Academical produced a dominant performance on route to a 3-0 victory over promotion rivals Glasgow Girls. Goals from Kirstie McIntosh, MT Gardiner and a stunning finish from Dionne Brown means that Accies head into Sunday’s clash with bottom of the table Hutchison Vale knowing that a defeat of the Edinburgh side would see them go into the mid-season break top of the Scottish Building Society SWPL 2 table.

In a keenly fought opening period it was the home side who nearly took the lead with only a minute on the clock, a block from away keeper Louise Donohoe the only thing preventing Girls from having to recover from an early deficit. The Glasgow side would have an early opportunity of their own though as Jayney Saunders was put clean through but her effort on the angle went tamely wide.

Hamilton were starting to take control though, providing a constant threat down either wing with both McIntosh and Gardiner looking to repeatedly stretch the visiting defence. It would be the former who would break the deadlock on the 29th minute. A fine through ball from full back Nina Fitzsimmons put the pacy midfielder clean through on the right hand flank. With only the onrushing Donohue to beat she was able to stroke the ball in from the corner of the area, the ball having just enough pace to beat the recovering defence. That opener saw Gary Doctor’s side begin to dominate further and they nearly went two up when a ball put in by Gardiner reached the head of defender Dani Connolly but she was only able to direct her close range header onto the base of the post.

The Lanarkshire side’s pressure continued at the start of the second period and on the 61st minute they got the second goal they deserved. Good play down the right saw McIntosh break at pace where, after a quick look up, she put a ball across to forward Gardiner who found herself in acres of space inside the area from where she put the ball past a diving Donohue, just reward for a night of hard running from the striker. A couple of minutes later a long range free kick from Girls midfielder Emma Porteous looped towards the Accies goal and it was only a combination of cross bar and home stopper Lauren Grant that prevented John Doyle’s team from getting back into the game.

That was to be it for the visitors though as on the 68th minute the home side sealed the three points. A long ball over the top made its way to Dionne Brown with the striker showing plenty of composure in space to score a stunning strike that means a victory at the Saughton Enclosure on Sunday will see those in red and white be in a position to look down on their SWPL2 challengers heading into the summer. For Glasgow Girls it was a night to forget but in this incredibly competitive league nothing remains certain.

Hamilton Academical’s goal scorer, Kirstie McIntosh: “I thought we played well first half and we went in one nil at the break. The second half we really kicked on and started to create lots of chances.

On playing Hutchison Vale on Sunday: “We can’t take anything for granted, we’ve had two really good results, here and against Partick, so we need to kick on and make sure we keep these performances and results up.”

Hamilton Academical’s Head Coach, Gary Doctor: “It was a good performance from an attacking side and we were frustrated not to have more goals at half time but I felt our will and conditioning would see us through until the end. The players are hungry, we have found a bit more rhythm up front which is good to see considering we started the season with a whole new forward line.

On playing Hutchison Vale on Sunday: “It could be a banana skin for us and we can’t take anything for granted. Hutchie Vale will get a result against somebody so we have to make sure this result isn’t wasted.”

Hamilton Academical 3-0 Glasgow Girls

Hamilton Academical Scorers: McIntosh (29), Gardiner (61), Brown (68)

Hamilton Academical: Grant, Quinn, Connolly, Fraser, McIntosh, Anderson, Fitzsimmons, Bulloch, Muir, Quigley, Gardiner. Subs: McCann, Brown, Sturrock, Kane Wilson, Donald.

Glasgow Girls: Donohue, Smith, Gallagher, Armit, McTear, McGuire, Kerr, Porteous, Saunders, Docherty, McEwan Subs: Logan, Coleman, Ferrol, Cameron, McDonald, Shaw, MacLeod, Ashe.

 

SWPL1 – Rangers v Stirling University

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Rangers bounced back from last week’s humbling at the hands of league leaders Glasgow City to see off bottom of the table Stirling University and move up to fourth in the Scottish Building Society SWPL1 standings as goals from Carla Boyce, Chantelle Brown, Jade Gallon and youngster Siobhan Honeyman saw the home side mirror the 4-1 scoreline that had saw them claim three points against the same opposition earlier this season.

It looked like Amy McDonald’s side were set fair for a straightforward afternoon when they took the lead with barely a minute on the clock. A long ball from centre back Chelsie Watson made its way through to Carla Boyce who took a couple of touches before finishing clinically past Rebecca Sjogerud. Despite dominating the ball Rangers though couldn’t build on their advantage and on the 13 minute mark Uni found themselves level. After good work on the right hand side from Gemma Mason her ball into the area found Scotland u19 international Naomi Welch, who superbly chested the ball down before striking a sumptuous half volley past a diving Jade Baillie. Despite the equaliser Rangers dominance of the ball and territory continued but Welch was continuing to provide some much needed menace to the Stirling attack, as was evidenced just a couple of minutes after the equaliser. A slip from Rangers defender Lauren Gallon allowed the youngster through but this time she was only able to push her effort just wide. Rangers, despite their dominance, continued to struggle to create chances with Sarah Robertson fashioning their best before the half was over, cutting in from the right only to see her near post effort well saved by Sjogerud.

Keen to push home her side’s advantage McDonald introduced Chantelle Brown for Robertson whilst youngster Chloe Nicolson replaced Baillie in goal and both would play a key role as Rangers went in search of a second. Efforts from Brown, Jade Gallon and the impressive Amy Muir all were repelled as the Light Blue attacks continued to come wave after wave but it would be Stirling University that would nearly take a shock lead.  Firstly Welch again found herself through on goal although this time her angled effort hit the far post before a ball through the middle played in Eva Rule who with just teenager Nicolson to beat was unable to get her shot past the youngster who stood up well to save. The Greens would rue those missed chances as just a minute later Rangers would finally have the lead their pressure merited. A deep cross from Muir on the Rangers left was scrambled out of the area only for it to fall to substitute Brown with her shot from just inside the box finding the corner.

Amy McDonald introduced two more youngsters into the fray with the Rangers pressure continuing and both Rosie McQuillan and Siobhan Honeyman would play parts in the third and fourth goals that would seal the three points for the side from Govan. In the 85th minute Jade Gallon won the ball in midfield and proceeded to drive towards the Stirling goal, with McQuillan in support she played the ball to the young forward who quickly then returned it to Gallon who lifted it over Sjogerud to seal the three points for the home side. An exquisite long range finish from Honeyman a minute later rounded off the scoring after neat lay off play from Gallon as the victory sees Rangers move up the table again after what had been a dominant, if sometimes frustrating performance, with the precautionary withdrawals of Lauren Gallon and Amy Muir the only point of concern. For the visitors their search for a first win of the season continues although head coach Craig Beveridge will be pleased with how well his team hung in under the seige like pressure from their hosts.

Rangers midfielder and goal scorer, Jade Gallon: “We made it difficult for ourselves, first half we had plenty of possession but felt like we weren’t clinical enough in the final third but I thought second half was much better, we controlled the game again and then took our chances, eventually.”

“I’m always looking for three points, happy to score and get an assist but for me it’s always about the three points.”

Rangers Head Coach Amy McDonald: “To go one nil up in the first half so early you think we can push and go and get another goal but obviously then they score from what I think was their only shot in the first half.”

“Real praise has to go to Chloe Nicolson, Siobhan Honeyman and Rosie McQuillan who have come in today from our youth squads, Chloe made an excellent save, Siobhan scored a goal and Rosie made a good contribution so we’ll take it.”

On the potential injuries to Amy Muir and Lauren Gallon: “Lauren felt something in her knee and we are always kind of cautious with knees. Amy is feeling a bit tight and we’re fortunate now we’re moving into a period with a break with an opportunity for the players to rest and recover. It’s an education piece for us as well as before the players might have played on and we would have lost them for even longer.”

Rangers: Baillie, Muir, L.Gallon, Watson, Dalgliesh, Gemmell, Napier, J, Gallon, Robertson, McCartney, Boyce

Subs: Coakley, Honeyman, McQuillan, Brown, Nicolson

Goals: Boyce (‘1), Brown (’71), J. Gallon (’87), Honeyman (’86)

Stirling University: Sjogerud, Simpson, Murphy, Falconer, Connor, Coppel, Kim, Fulton, Mason, Welch

Subs: Kerr, Lyons, Grey

Goal: Welch (’13)

 

SWPL2 – FC Kilmarnock v Hamilton Academical

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A 75th minute goal from substitute Dionne Brown was enough to send Hamilton Academical to the top of the Scottish Building Society SWPL2 table after a closely fought Easter Sunday encounter at a baking Rugby Park. The conditions were such that the referee called for water breaks in each half and it would be these conditions coupled with a Killie schedule that saw them playing three games in a week that would prove to be key as the match went on.

The first half was not one for the purists and whilst it was competitive neither side could quite seize the initiative and chances were at a premium. An early long-range free kick  from Accies midfielder Chloe Muir which did enough to sting the palms of Lauren McGregor in the Kilmarnock goal was the only action of note in the opening half hour. As the half progressed home side winger Kirsty Munro was starting to have some joy. First her ball across the six yard box on the 37th minute was primed for a forward’s foot to get on to but unfortunately for the home side none were forthcoming. Munro continued to probe though and some nice interplay with captain Lisa Swanson presented Monica Harty with a chance but that was unable to convert. Hamilton had chances of their own though. A powerful run and drive from Jade Lindsay after she dispossessed Swanson in midfield produced a smart save from Lauren McGregor whilst on the stroke of half time neat work again from Lindsay saw a Kirstie McIntosh effort stopped once more by the keeper.

The second half continued to prove that this game was to maintain its status as an even contest and it would be Kilmarnock that would have the first chance of the half after good work from Swanson put team-mate Clare Docherty through but Hamilton keeper Lauren Grant was there to snuff out the danger. As the half wore on though the visitors, with their ability to freshen things up, started to take more control of the game. After a McIntosh effort slid just by the Kilmarnock post having been played through by substitute Amy Bulloch their pressure paid off a few minutes later. Good work from McIntosh on the Hamilton right saw her cross make its way to the back post and, after missing everyone in the area, it fell to MT Gardiner on the opposite side who jinked past one defender before putting the ball across to Dionne Brown who slid home what would turn out to be the winner.

Knowing that victory could send them to the top of the table the visitors pressed for a second but were unable to capitalise on their advantage and it was the home side who nearly snatched a point in injury time with Amy Burrows free kick from the edge of the area just going wide.

Whilst the Lanarkshire side took home the three points this was another encounter that went to show that anything is possible in the tightly contested SWPL2 this season.

Hamilton Manager Gary Doctor: “We should have managed it better towards the last few minutes of the game but it’s all about wins now. Literally every game has an impact and it was massive just to win. We’re now in a position where it’s in our own hands now.”

Goalscorer Dionne Brown: “I’m just happy to get the three points the girls and coaches put a lot of effort into training so delighted with the result. We’re in this league to win it so coming into this and taking away the three points is a massive thing for us.”

FC Kilmarnock Manager Stewart Hall: “Absolutely gutted, we played very well in the first half but in the second half we started to tire which can happen when you play three games in a week. Some of the girls have played all three 90 minutes (against St. Johnstone and Partick Thistle too) adn we’ve also had jig about our formation.

We’re not playing badly in these games and we’re not going to ask the girls to do anything different other than putting the ball in the back of the net.”

FC Kilmarnock: McGregor, Neil, Murphy, Docherty, Burrows, Robinson, Munro, Docherty, Fleming, Harty, Swanson,

Subs: Little, McCulloch, Otto

Hamilton Academical: Grant, McWhirter, Fraser, Mcintosh, Anderson, Sturrock, Fitzsimmons, Muir, Quigley, Gardner, Lindsay

Subs: Quinn, McCann, Brown, Kane, Bulloch, Ross

Goal: Brown (’75)

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SWPL1 – Motherwell v Rangers

Two goals deep into second half injury time saw Rangers rescue a point in dramatic fashion as a depleted Motherwell side were unable to hold out for victory with seven minutes remaining of this SWPL1 clash at Ravenscraig.

Both teams had come into this encounter on the back of a poor recent run of results and the home side were hampered before a ball was kicked as they were only able to list one fully fit substitute. Visiting head coach Amy McDonald made seven changes to the side that was defeated 5-1 by Glasgow City in the SWPL Cup Semi Final last time out with a number of experienced faces coming into the starting line up. It was the Women of Steel that started the quickest though and, after a long range effort from Chelsea McEachran was juggled to safety by Rangers goalkeeper Jade Baillie, they took the lead with 15 minutes on the clock. Good work down the left by Lori Gardner, who was dangerous throughout the first half, saw her cut inside and hit a shot that was deflected on route to the goal. In the resulting race for the ball it was Mhairi Fyfe who managed to gain control to poke the ball past Baillie.

Two minutes later Motherwell found themselves two nil up. Gardner was again at the centre of things as she picked the ball up 30 yards from goal and, with no pressure forthcoming from the Rangers defence, hit a dipping long range effort that made its way into the top right hand corner of the net. It was a high quality strike from a player who was continuing to cause problems with her willing running and trickery despite not being 100% fit herself.

Rangers eventually awoke from their early slumber and started putting pressure on the Motherwell goal but were resorted to long range efforts up until the stroke of half time where an error from goalkeeper Morgan Hunter should have given the visitors a way back in. Her fumble fell to the feet of striker Carla Boyce but she dwelled on the ball for too long with her eventual shot being blocked thanks to a diving Kirsten Rolph in the ‘Well defence.

Rangers made two changes at half time in attempt to find the breakthrough but it was Donald Jennow’s side who would extend their lead on the hour mark. Right midfielder Sarah Crilly found herself in yards of space on the edge of the Rangers area and maintained her composure to steer the ball into the top left hand corver. That seemed to be game over but with twenty minutes to go Rangers ability to freshen things up started to tell as fatigue set in for the hosts. With pressure building McDonald rolled the dice one final time bringing on Holly Napier and newly crowned Rangers Women’s Player of the Year Amy Muir and both players would play a part as Rangers completed a remarkable comeback. Firstly on the 83rd minute Muir was the recipient of a long cross field pass on the corner of the Motherwell area and, after taking the ball down she took a couple of strides before rifling an angled drive past Hunter. It would have been easy for the visitors to accept that as nothing but a consolation but with the home players looking increasingly weary the momentum had shifted in the Light Blues favour.

The likelihood of a comeback was increased further when Motherwell keeper Hunter was unable to get enough of a hand to Jade Gallon’s low long range drive with the midfielders 92nd minute strike reducing Rangers deficit to one with time still on the clock. The fresh legs of Muir had the home defence reeling and it would be her near post corner in the 94th minute that would fall to fellow substitute Napier who was able to get free and snatch what had seemed a highly unlikely point for the Glasgow side.

Motherwell will be left to rue a lack of player availability through injury and suspension especially after being 3-0 up with half an hour left to play but conversely Rangers Head Coach McDonald will have been pleased to see her side eventually take advantage of their hosts tiredness during what has been a challenging few weeks for her side.

Full Time: Motherwell 3-3 Rangers

Motherwell: Hunter, Knox, Rolph, Rice, Crilly, Montgomery, Gardner, McEachran, Roberts, Fyfe, Adams

Subs: McManus, MacLeod, Liddell.

Goals: Fyfe (’15), Gardner (’17), Crilly (’60)

Rangers: Baillie, Inglis, Donnelly, Watson, Brown, Gemmell, Robertson, Sinclair, J. Gallon, McCartney, Boyce.

Subs: Ramsay, Coakley, Dalgliesh, Pullar, Napier, Muir, L. Gallon

Goals: Muir (’83), J. Gallon (’90+2), Napier (’90+4)

SWPL1 – Rangers v Celtic

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An off colour Rangers were made to pay as Celtic produced a dominant display punctuated by three goals in six first half minutes as they cruised to an Old Firm Derby victory at New Tinto Park. Both sides were coming off the back of mixed results in the SWPL Cup last weekend and whilst the home side will be taking their place at Broadwood in a fortnight’s time it was the visitors who set their stall out early as they went on to dominate the majority of the game.

After an even start the game sparked into life on the ten minute mark. Good work from Sarah Ewens and Keeva Keenan on the Celtic left resulted in a ball being whipped into the area which the Rangers defence were able to hook clear. A minute later though the visitors were one up. From the resulting throw in Keenan launched the ball in to the box and with the home defence struggling to properly clear their lines the ball fell to Josi Giard who curled the ball into the corner from the edge of the area and four minutes later the lead was doubled. A left wing corner made its a way to a cluster of players positioned at the far post and from the melee Celtic captain Kelly Clark rose the highest to knock the ball in from a couple of yards out.

Rangers were unable to get a foothold in the game and found themselves 3-0 down with just 17 minutes on the clock. Rangers keeper Jade Baillie came rushing out of her area to deal with a ball but didn’t do enough to clear it leaving Natalie Ross with the opportunity to lob the ball into the empty net from 35 yards out. Rangers may have felt that there was a foul on Baillie in the build up but the Celtic midfielder should be credited with the composure she showed in putting away the long range effort. In attack Rangers were resorting to long range efforts whilst bouncing balls in their own area continued to cause problems.

Four minutes before half time they were handed a chance to get back in the game when a ball cut back in from the touch line was handled by the Celtic defence. Experienced midfielder Clare Gemmell stepped up to take the resulting penalty and whilst it was well struck and seemingly destined for the corner Megan Cunningham in the Celtic goal was able to get down to make the save. Rangers midfielder Chantelle Brown was then quickest to react to the rebound but could only watch as her close range effort crashed off the bottom of Cunningham’s left hand post.

As the game restarted Rangers came out quickly with the always game Brown denied again this time by Cunningham as the winger cut in from the left only for the keeper to push her shot wide and out for a corner. Those moments of Rangers attacking quality would however prove to be fleeting as Celtic were soon 4-0 up. On the 55th minute Kathleen McGovern became the latest Celtic player to benefit from the ball bouncing around the Rangers penalty area to stick a header home. Celtic continued to have chances with Baillie in the Rangers goal denying both Keenan and Ewens respectively but the fourth goal effectively killed the game. Rangers did get on the scoresheet through Brown who, having been unlucky to see her 35 yard effort strike the crossbar a few minutes previous, found herself in the box to nod home an injury time consolation for the home side.

Both teams now head into their next encounters against Glasgow City, in the SWPL Cup and the league respectively, with very different mindsets in what ultimately proved to be a fairly one sided encounter.

Celtic Captain and Goalscorer, Kelly Clark: “Delighted with the result, we were really disappointed with last week but we made sure we started fast and we scored a couple of early goals. Another massive moment was Megan’s penalty save, it wasn’t a bad penalty from Clare but she’s guessed the right way and got a strong wrist to it. I think if we had gone in at half time at 3-1 I would have been disappointed.”

“After a game like that you wish the next game is round the corner but we’ll train really hard and see what Eddie’s got planned for Glasgow City in the next game.”

Rangers Manager, Amy McDonald: “We weren’t good enough particularly in the first and we created our own problems but I have to say that the decision not to give a foul for their third goal has really hampered us. Why that wasn’t given as a free kick is beyond me.”

“It was another hard lesson for us as we need to learn that we have to perform for 90 minutes. We need to be improve and reflect ahead of the semi final against Glasgow City.”

For the full interviews with Kelly Clark and Amy McDonald visit the the Official Scottish Women’s Football Channel.

Rangers: Baillie, McCartney, Gallon, Coakley, Dalgleish, Gemmell, Muir, Napier, Brown, Pullar, Boyce. Subs: Ramsay, Inglis, Donnelly, Sinclair, Watson, O’Hara

Celtic: Cunningham, Keenan, Craig, O’Neill, Black, Clark, Giard, Ross, Hay, Ewens, McGovern. Subs: Farrell, Crosbie, Smart, Donaldson, Hodges.  

SWPL Cup Quarter Final – Rangers v Forfar Farmington

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Rangers booked their place in next month’s SWPL Cup semi-finals as they blew away Forfar Farmington at a gusty New Tinto Park.

After a closely fought encounter in the league just a couple of weeks ago which the home side edged 2-1 there were hopes that this would be an equally tight contest with the added incentive of cup progression at stake. It was Rangers who would come out quickest though and they would go on to dominate the play throughout the first half. Early efforts from Nicole Pullar and Amy Muir failed to trouble Fiona McNicoll in the Farmington goal but on the 17th minute the home sides pressure would pay off. After being played through striker Pullar was brought down in the box with the goal beckoning. The decision to award a penalty was an easy one for referee Gary Hanvidge to make and experienced midfielder Clare Gemmell stepped up to stroke the ball into the bottom left hand corner of McNicoll’s goal.

Rangers continued to press with two longe range efforts from Chantelle Brown as the visitors struggled to get any kind of foothold in the game and with two minutes to go before half time Rangers doubled their lead. A corner into the box from the left caused panic in the Farmington area and from the resulting six yard box scramble the ball fell to defender Hannah Coakley who passed the ball through the crowd and into the bottom of the net. Despite some occasionally scrappy moments from both sides it was a half time lead the hosts fully deserved.

Farmington manager Stevie Baxter would have wanted his side to come out quickly at the start of the second half but his plans were needing rethought not long after the re-start as Rangers made it 3-0 through Pullar. An excellent ball from Carla Boyce played winger Brown into the area who’s well placed cutback allowed the striker to calmly stroke the ball home and effectively end the contest with 48 minutes on the clock. The wind, which had been blowing on and off throughout the game, grew in strength as the game headed towards its end with even the lowest of balls being blown back from whence it came. With clearing the ball becoming more difficult for the Rangers rearguard the Angus side were given a glimmer of hope as striker Danni McGinley pulled one back, volleying in from the edge of the box with twenty minutes to go. This moment was however to prove fleeting and Rangers sealed their victory with a fourth on the 85th minute. Forfar keeper McNicoll was only able to parry substitute Hayley Sinclair’s shot back into the danger zone where striker Boyce was able to put the rebound in and finish the scoring at 4-1 to the Glasgow side.

Rangers were full value for their victory and could have had more if it wasn’t for Fiona McNicoll who made a number of saves throughout the game. For Forfar Farmington there will be disappointment their SWPL Cup campaign has ended in this manner and now focus will be renewed on league business as they travel to face bottom of the table Stirling University next time out.

Rangers defender and goalscorer, Hannah Coakley: “The main thing was to get through and I think the first half performance merited the victory. In the second half the wind pinned us in a bit but I think we did enough to deserve it.”

On next week’s Old Firm: It’s good to bounce back from last week (4-0 defeat to Hibs Ladies) and with the Old Firm next week you can’t beat it so we just need to make sure we are right up for it and take the game to them.”

Rangers Manager, Amy McDonald: “I thought we were fairly dominant throughout the full game and I was really pleased that the players came out in the second half and did what we asked them to do after going in two up. We wanted a reaction from last week and we got one.”

On next week’s Old Firm match: “It will be a really tight match next weekend and it’s good to have a bit of added spice with it being the Old Firm. We need to be organised and disciplined but Celtic will be thinking like that too.”

Forfar Farmington Manager, Stevie Baxter: “We’re really disappointed. We allowed Rangers to dominate every single aspect of the game today, we were not even second to the ball. It’s difficult because the girls are a good bunch and I wouldn’t swap them for anybody but we’re all disappointed and hurting today because we left here after the 2-1 defeat in the league thinking we deserved something but today that wasn’t the case.”

“The girls are good technical players but they didn’t show that today, the conditions were at times horrendous but that’s not an excuse and I’m sure we’ll start putting things right next week.”

FT: Rangers 4-1 Forfar Farmington

Rangers Goals: Gemmell (pen 17), Coakley (43), Pullar (48), Boyce (85)

Forfar Farmington Goal: McGinley (70)

Rangers: Ramsay, Dalgliesh, Coakley, L. Gallon, Muir, Gemmell, O’Hara, Napier, Brown, Pullar, Boyce.

Subs: Baillie, Inglis, J. Gallon, Sinclair, Watson

Forfar Farmington: McNicoll, Cattanach, Paterson, Stewart, Smith, Bruce, Kilcoyne, Cowper, McGinley, McPherson, Brough

Subs: White, Noble, Weber, Doubel, Davidson, Robb.