Plaudits but no points for Rangers
Monday, 18 March 2013
Champions Glasgow City started the defence of their title with a hard-fought 3-2 victory against Rangers at the weekend in a match that saw the Ibrox girls take the plaudits but not the points.
Sarah Crilly deservedly gave City the lead after 17 minutes before Jo Love doubled the home side’s advantage soon after.
Hollie Thomson pulled a goal back when she headed in a free kick on 33 minutes as Rangers began to take control of the midfield with Scotland stars Megan Sneddon and Natalie Ross impressing.
City were rocking and the half time interval came at the right moment for them as it allowed them to regroup.
In the second half Eilish McSorely scored to restore the home side’s two-goal lead before Megan Foley once again reduced the deficit and ensured a nail-biting finale.
New Gers boss Angie Hind was encouraged by her team’s performance, saying: “I’m really proud of how we played and although we started a little nervously, our response was fantastic.
“We worked tremendously hard and put them under real pressure for much of the game.
“We knew this would be a challenging first game and whilst disappointed not to take some points from it, we certainly can take a lot of positives.”
City Head Coach Eddie Wolecki Black was happy to see his side edge out their rivals. He said: “We didn’t play well today but its three points.
“Rangers will be one of our strongest challengers this season and I cannot complain when we get maximum points against a tough side.”
Last season’s runners-up Forfar Farmington opened their campaign with a 4-0 victory over Falkirk at Recreation Park, Alloa.
Despite some resolute defending and inspired goalkeeping from the Bairns, Forfar eventually proved too strong and collected the points thanks to goals from Caroline Heron, Nicola Davidson and a double from Nicky Grant.
Forfar Head Coach Mark Nisbet commented afterwards: “It was good to get the league campaign off to a winning start and get three points in the bag.
“We created a lot of chances today and didn’t take them. At times we were wasteful when we got into wide areas and that is something we need to improve on.
“At times our passing was good and it was a great opportunity to give a few more players time on the park as we look forward to Hamilton next week.”
Hibernian Ladies were also 4-0 winners at the weekend as they defeated Aberdeen at Albyn Park thanks to goals from Susan Fairlie (2), Caroline Weir and Kirsty Smith.
“It was pleasing to win the first game of the season and it was a match we controlled from start-to-finish.” commented Hibs Manager, Willie Kirk.
“After completely dominating the opening 25 minutes, but not scoring, I was concerned that we may get frustrated or try to rush our play.
“However, the girls didn’t try to force it, they remained calm and they got their rewards with a breakthrough goal that came straight from the training ground.
“We could’ve scored more but a comfortable win and a clean-sheet against a well organised Aberdeen side is a pleasing result.”
Elsewhere Hutchison Vale needed a 90th minute winner to defeat SWPL newcomers Kilwinning at the weekend in the Capital.
Suzy Robertson and Jamie Torrance had given the home side what appeared to be a comfortable lead going into the interval however Kilwinning hit back after the break with goals from Kirsty McNicol and Clare Docherty and it took Jen Malone’s late winner to seal victory for the Edinburgh club.
Boss Ian McDonald commented: “We got the start we wanted as three points was our aim and any win is good for confidence.
“Kilwinning made it difficult for us and it was a case of trying to find a way round them as they were difficult to break down.
“But, after an encouraging start where we dominated the first half, we gave away two cheap goals to allow them back into things.”
The weather took its toll on the weekend’s other fixtures with Buchan v Celtic and Hamilton Academical v Spartans both postponed.
Hutchison Vale 3 Kilwinning 2
Falkirk 0 Forfar Farmington 4
Hibernian 4 Aberdeen 0
Glasgow City 3 Rangers 2
Buchan P Celtic P
Hamilton Academical P Spartans P