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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 Football Round-up

Cup holders Kilmarnock progressed to the semi-finals of the Scottish Women's Premier League cup with a 4-1 win over league newcomers Ross County. The SWPL champions, who announced a new sponsor C3 Imaging this week, made a slow start to their latest meeting with the Dingwall side, before finally clawing their way back into the match when Joanne Love pulled them level on the stroke of half-time. However, the second period saw the reigning Champions step up a gear, and a quick-fire double from Lindsay Bayne, and a late Megan Sneddon effort gave them a comfortable victory. Killie will meet Hamilton in the next round, after the Lanarkshire side edged out Newburgh by the odd goal in five. Newburgh made the breakthrough early on through Leanne Ross, with Nicola Docherty equalising. A goal either side of the interval from Pamela Liddell gave Newburgh a 3-1 lead, before Erika Duncan rounded of the scoring with Newburgh’s second. The second semi-final will be between Glasogow City and Cove Rangers after duo recorded convincing wins from their respective ties. Glasgow City travelled to Edinburgh to play Giulianos and came away with a comfortable 6-0 success, with Debbie McWhinnie their hero, netting four goals, while Julie Ferguson and U-19's International Suzanne Lappin who has scored in each of her three starts so far this season.

Results

Cove Rangers 6 East Kilbride 1 Kilmarnock 4 Ross County 1 Giulianos 0 Glasgow City 6 Hamilton 3 Newburgh 2

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

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.

Scotland Women v Iceland + SWPL

It was the Scots' final warm-up match before their crucial UEFA Championship qualifier against Ukraine next month. Vera Pauw's side were outclassed by an Icelandic team ranked 13 places above them in the FIFA rankings. Scotland's women fell to a 5-1 defeat in Reyjavik on Saturday. Back at home with the top three sides in the SWPL out of action Hamilton and Ross County both took the opportunity to make up ground in the league. Hamilton beat Cove Rangers 4-0 with Lesley Scanlan scoring her 100th goal for the club. Nicola Docherty, Natalie McConville and Amy McDonald scored the other goals. Meanwhile Ross County took a narrow 3-2 win over Newburgh with the winner from Sharon Scott helping Ross to leapfrog their opponents in the league.
Results
Kilmarnock P Shettleston P Hamilton 4 Cove Rangers 0 Hibernian P Giulianos P Ross County 3 Newburgh 2

Scottish Women's Premier League

With only two games in the SWPL surviving the weekend's poor weather, Hibernian took the opportunity to stretch their lead at the top of the league with an 11-1 victory over East Kilbride. The Easter Road side took a major step to securing the title and in doing so moved ten points ahead of FC Kilmarnock as the season reaches its climax. In fact it was Hibs who scored all 12 goals, putting the visitors in front with an own goal following a defensive mix-up before going on to score a further 11 at the other end, including five goals from Pauline Hammil. Karen McKenzie, Amanda Burns, Marlene Pearson, Julia Ralph and Suzanne Malone all also made their way on to the scoresheet in a victory which was made even more pleasing for manager Iain Johnstone because he had several players missing from the squad.

At the other end of the table Cove Rangers recorded only their third victory of the season beating a Raith Rovers side so depleted by injury they could only field ten players. Lorna Young scored a double for Cove, while Katie Bennet did the same for the visitors.

Results

Cove Rangers 5 Raith Rovers 3
Kilmarnock P Hamilton P
Hibernian 11 East Kilbride 1
Newburgh P Glasgow City P
Giulianos P Ross County P

Scottish Women's Premier League

Cove Rangers v Giulianos, Raith Rovers v Hibernian, Ross County v Hamilton, Glasgow City v Newburgh

Glasgow City 4 Newburgh 2

After a run of over a month without a fixture due to the poor weather Glasgow City showed little signs of match rustiness as they beat Newburgh 4-2. It was the form of Debbie McWhinnie throughout that was the difference between the teams. Four goals from the Scotland international inside the first 20 minutes put the game out of reach early on and showed that Glasgow are still focused on a good finish in the league as well as having one eye on the Scottish Cup.

Raith Rovers 0 Hibernian 4

League leaders Hibernian continued their excellent form with a 4-0 win away to Raith Rovers. Julie Ferguson and Marlene Pearson scored won each in the win with Karen McKenzie netting a double.

Ross County 0 Hamilton 2

Hamilton faced a tricky away trip to Ross County put performed well to take a 2-0 victory with goals from Lynsey Hogg and Natalie McConville.

Cove Rangers 3 Giulianos 1

Giulianos were another side with a long trip ahead of them but were not as happy with the outcome as they fell to a 3-1 defeat at Cove Rangers. Tracey Braogan, Lorna Young and Laura McKay all scored for Cove with Emma Mills pulling back a consolation goal for the visitors.

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