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Scottish Premier League Cup Semi Finals

Kilmarnock eased into the final of the Scottish Premier League Cup with an emphatic 10-0 demolition of Premier division newcomers Hamilton. The Ayrshire side held the upper hand throughout the first period, and raced to a commanding 4-0 interval lead, and continued that superiority during the second period. Megan Sneddon and Nicky Grant both helped themselves to hat-tricks while Kilmarnock's other scorers were Joanne Love (2), Donna Cheyne and Sarah Hough. "It was one of the most accomplished performances I've seen since I've been involved in women's football against a good, young Hamilton side that we could not treat lightly," said coach Jim Chapman. The Ayrshire side will meet Glasgow City in the final as they won the other semi-final tie against Cove Rangers 3-0. In the Scottish Women's Premier League, Ross County continued their climb up the table with comfortable a 5-1 win over Raith Rovers. Scotland captain Julie Fleeting, was unavailable for her side's latest encounter with the Kirkcaldy side. County showed their fire-power and with u-19 International striker Sharon Scott leading the line well the Aberdeen youngster capped a fine performance with a well taken double, as the home side led 3-1 at half-time. Lisa McKenzie, Samantha Hyett and Suzanne Grant were also on target as Raith Rovers ended the match with only nine players due to injuries. In the remaining encounter, Giuliano's overcame East Kilbride 4-2, with Linda McQuinney scoring a well-taken brace in her side's victory. Scottish Premier League Cup semi-finals: Kilmarnock 10 FC Hamilton 0; Cove Rangers 0 Glasgow City 3. Scottish Women’s Premier League SWPL: Giuliano's 4 East Kilbride 2; Ross County 5 Raith Rovers 1.

Scottish Women's Premier League round-up

Hibernian opened up a five point lead at the top in the Scottish Women’s Premier League over title challengers Glasgow City, following a 3-1 away victory over reigning Champions FC Kilmarnock in what was the top of the table clash. The Edinburgh side had the bit between their teeth from the start and raced into an early lead when the ever alert Pauline Hamill swept them in front. But as you would expect the reigning champions came storming back, to go in at the interval all square from the penalty spot. The second period saw both side’s cancel out each other, before two goalkeeping errors from Kilmarnock keeper Claire Johnstone – presented Mhairi Gilmour and Suzanne Malone with the opportunities to give the Easter Road side their 3-1 victory. Newcomers Ross County maintained a fine run of form with a 1-0 home victory over Cove Rangers. The all-important goal from Central Defender Caroline Hather midway through the first period, to move the Dingwall side up into mid-table, in this, their first season in the top division. In the remaining matches, Glasgow City remain as the nearest challengers to table toppers Hibernian following a comfortable 3-0 success at East Kilbride, with goals from Lyndsey Birrell 2, and youngster Suzanne Lappin. Lauren Wheatley was her side’s hero as Raith Rovers moved into third spot following a comfortable 5-1 home win over second bottom Shettleston. The striker produced a fine personal performance, netting four goals in her side’s third victory of the season.

Results

Ross County 1 Cove Rangers 0 East Kilbride 0 Glasgow City 3 Kilmarnock 1 Hibernian 3 Raith Rovers 5 Shettleston 1

Scottish Women's Premier League Round up

The Top trio in the Scottish Women’s Premier League City all maintained their title hopes, at the top of the SWPL recording wins to maintain their lead ahead of the chasing pack. League Leader’s Hibernian, maintained their five-point lead at the top of the table with a 10-0 win away to Shettleston. Deadly duo Pauline Hamill and Suzanne Malone both scored hat-tricks in the win with Julia Ralph, Suzanne Robertson, Laura Kennedy and Amanda Burns all adding to the score. But reigning Champions Kilmarnock and Glasgow City are not giving up and kept the pressure on the Edinburgh side with victories over Ross County and Cove Rangers respectively. Kilmarnock had a tough time getting through an improving Ross County side but eventually recorded a 3-1 win at Inverness. Stacey Cook gave Killie the lead before half-time, However Scotland captain Julie Fleeting equalised for Ross County just after the interval. Midway through the second half though Kilmarnock went back ahead through Joanne Love and Cook finished the match with her second goal of the match. Glasgow City also had a tough time against Cove Rangers with a second half penalty eventually giving them a 3-2 win. Elsewhere Hamilton beat an injury-hit Raith Rovers side 4-0 with goals from Nicola Docherty, Lynsey Hogg and Lesley Scanlan. While Newburgh took a 6-2 victory over East Kilbride with Laura Smith, Erica Duncan, Leanne Ross, Diane Fraser and Tracey Burns all scoring for Newburgh. Raith Rovers 0 Hamilton 4 Ross County 1 Kilmarnock 3 Cove Rangers 2 Glasgow City 3 Shettleston 0 Hibernian 10 Newburgh 6 East Kilbride 2

Scottish Womens Premier League

League leaders Hibernian maintained their position at the top of the SWPL with a 1-0 win but were pushed all the way by Raith Rovers. Hibs, went into the match missing several key players, dominated the game throughout but showed a lack of composure in front of goal. However, It wasn't until the hour mark that Julia Ralph gave them a slender lead which they held to secure their latest victory to maintain pole position in the table.
Reigning Champions FC Kilmarnock encountered similar problems against a spirited Newburgh side eventually winning 2-1. Stacey Cook gave Killie the lead before Newburgh clawed their way back into the match to draw level, but youngster Joanne Love scored a second-half effort to give the Reigning Champions three vital points.
Glasgow City encountered no such problems as they overcame bottom side Shettleston Juniors 7-0. Scotland international Debbie McWhinnie made a telling contribution to keep up the pace on Kilmarnock and Hibernian, scoring five times in the convincing win, while Lyndsey Birrell and Suzanne Lappin adding the other two.
Meanwhile, in the remaining match Ross County had to battle all the way when they overcame fellow newcomers Hamilton 3-2 Hamilton came from behind twice with goals from Lynsey Hogg and Amy McDonald but the Ross-shire side finished the stronger, playing without Scotland captain Julie Fleeting who failed to pass a late fitness test, with efforts from Paula Scott, Lisa McKenzie and Suzanne Grant eventually securing the points following a hard fought encounter.
Results Kilmarnock 2 Newburgh 1 Hamilton 2 Ross County 3 Hibernian 1 Raith Rovers 0 Glasgow City 7 Shettleston 0 Giulianos P Cove P

Hamilton Accies overcome League Cup finalists in 7 goal thriller

With Hibernian not in action, Glasgow City had the chance to close the gap on the leaders of the SWPL to just one point ahead of their top of the table clash next weekend. However, a 3-4 defeat to FC Hamilton dashed those hopes in a match that proved that this young Hamilton side can match most teams in the Premier League on their day, and so it proved. Hamilton took the lead early on through Nicola Docherty, but were pegged back soon after by a Kate Mitchell goal. The new Douglas Park side stretched their lead again before the break through Lynsey Hogg but Mitchell added her second for Glasgow City before the interval. The second half followed a similar pattern. Hamilton took the lead but were pegged back again until Michelle Kerr scored the winner to hand them the points. Glasgow City boss Peter Caulfield said that his side had struggled without several first-team regulars, but added: "I don't want to take anything away from Hamilton. They are an improving side and they played very well today." With six first-team regulars missing Raith Rovers scraped a 3-2 home win over Ross County, who were without star-striker Julie Fleeting. Claire Halliday, Katie Bennet and Lauren Wheatley all scored for the Kirkcaldy side with Sharon Scott and Lisa Mackenzie netting for the visitors. Elsewhere, East Kilbride moved up a place to ninth in the table after holding Cove Rangers to a 3-3 draw. Bottom side Shettleston were beaten 3-1 at home by Newburgh, while, Kilmarnock's game against Giuliano's was postponed. Results Shettleston 1 Newburgh 3 Cove Rangers 3 East Kilbride 3 Raith Rovers 3 Ross County 2 Glasgow City 3 Hamilton 4 Giuliano's P Kilmarnock P

Scottish Women's Premier League

Hibernian move a step close in title race
Hibernian moved a step closer to clinching the SWPL title with a 4-2 win over their nearest challengers Glasgow City, and in doing so they now lead the table by eight points. Glasgow were reduced to ten players through injury in the first half giving Hibs an extra advantage with goals from Paul Hamill, Suzanne Malone and Claire Smith giving the Easter Road side their latest victory. Glasgow manager Iain Johnston was pleased with the result but thought his side should have been more ruthless in front of goal. "We should have won by a lot more today but our finishing let us down a little bit. To give credit to Glasgow they fought very hard, particularly after they were reduced to ten players."

Reigning Champions Kilmarnock did their best to keep in touch with the League leader’s, with a 6-1 victory in very difficult conditions at Allan Park, Cove. Boss Jim Chapman believes that the pressure to retain their title has now been lifted from his side and says it shows in their more relaxed play. Donna James led the line well throughout, and capped a fine performance with a well taken hat-trick in the victory, while, Nikki Grant adding two and Lindzi Bayne adding the sixth.

Hamilton continued their excellent league run with a 3-0 win over Giulianos thanks to goals from Pam Liddle, Angela Millar and Diane Taylor.

While Newburgh overcame Raith 2-1 thanks to goals from Jane Brown and Erica Duncan.

SWPL leaders now with 13 point lead

The return of the SWPL after the Christmas break saw leaders Hibernian create a 13 point cushion between themselves and nearest challengers Kilmarnock with a 6-0 win away to Giulianos.

With Killie’s match at Shettleston postponed due to the poor weather conditions, Hibernian gave a powerful performance with Pauline Hamill and Suzanne Malone both netting twice, along with a goal each for Julie Ferguson and Louise Young to record a comfortable victory.

Manager Iain Johnston was delighted with his side’s latest win: "They put on a tremendous display today in extremely poor conditions. I think it was a much better performance than any of us could have hoped for after a two or three week lay off."

Lower down the table Hamilton recorded their first ever win over Cove Rangers in stunning fashion running out 7-0 victors.

Lesley Scanlan was their goal hero and capped a fine performance by grabbing a well taken hat trick, with Nicola Doherty adding two goals and Pam Liddell and Natalie McConville one each.

Another match to be played in atrocious conditions saw Raith record a hard-fought victory against East Kilbride eventually winning 2-1.

Kristy Scott was their eventual match winner for the Kirkcaldy side with an injury time effort to give her side the points.

Results

Raith Rovers 2 East Kilbride 1
Shettleston P Kilmarnock P
Cove Rangers 0 Hamilton 7
Giulianos 0 Hibernian 6

Scottish Women's Premier League

Only two SWPL games survived the weather yesterday with Ross County and Kilmarnock both recording big wins.

Kilmarnock travelled to Raith Rovers, and thanks to a strong second half performance which saw them score four goals, they ran out 6-0 winners. Bev McLaughlin scored a hat trick in the win, while Sarah Hough netted twice and Shelley Kerr once. Coach Jim Chapman was delighted to see such a good performance from his side after a long break. "The team was a bit match rusty but they showed good fitness and the second-half play was excellent," he said.

Meanwhile, Ross County were given a scare by East Kilbride who went into the half-time break 1-0 up after starting the game with only ten players. But County fought back well in the second half and a Sharon Scott hat trick helped them to a 5-1 win.

Giuliano's v Glasgow City, Cove Rangers v Hibernian and Shettleston v Hamilton were all postponed.

Scottish Women's Football round-up

Scotland international Debbie McWhinnie scored 12 goals in Glasgow City's 28-0 rout of Motherwell in the second round of the Amicus Scottish Cup yesterday. McWhinnie's team-mates Leanne Campbell and Suzanne Lappin both scored hat-tricks in the win. The victory sets up a third round tie against last year's losing finalists Kilmarnock. Elswhere in the cup SWPL sides Raith Rovers and Hamilton both progressed to the next stage of the competition. Raith beat Bo'ness 6-0 while Hamilton also put six goals past Whitehill Welfare in a 6-1 victory. It was back to league business today for Killy against Newburgh. The side, who booked their place in the next round of the cup with a win over Hibernian last weekend, produced a 6-0 win. Donna James, Lesley Fowler, Sarah Hough, Nicky Grant and Joanne Love each bagged a goal in the win.

Results

Scottish Women's Premier League
Newburgh 0 Kilmarnock 6
Amicus Scottish Cup Round Two
Raith Rovers 6 Bo'ness 0 Motherwell 0 Glasgow City 28 Whitehill Welfare 1 Hamilton 6

Scottish Women's Premier League

With Hibernian and Kilmarnock both postponing games due to the number of players away on international duty in France some of the SWPL's other sides took centre stage. Third place Glasgow City consolidated their position with a 4-3 win at home over Raith Rovers. Two goals from Lauren Wheatley and one from Kirsty Scott pushed Glasgow City all the way, but even with striker Debbie McWhinnie away on international duty, the home side had enough firepower and goals from Lyndsey Birrell, Pauline McVeigh, Ann Houliston and Suzanne Lappin sealed the win. Elsewhere, Newburgh leapfrogged Hamilton after a 5-3 win in the mid-table clash. Leanne Ross scored a hat-trick in the win with the remaining Newburgh goals coming from Erica Duncan and Jane Brown. Lesley Scanlan scored twice for Hamilton with Pamela Liddell scoring the third. Giuliano's recorded a 5-0 win over Shettleston thanks to goals from Kirsty McConnell, Catherine Lafferty and Helen Templeton.

Results

Giuliano's 5 Shettleston 0 Glasgow City 4 Raith Rovers 3 FC Hamilton 3 Newburgh 5

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