Kirsty Howat’s sensational strike saw Rangers draw level with Celtic in the SWPL to keep their title hopes alive.
The striker smashed the ball into the internet in the 2nd half to protect Rangers’ very first triumph over Celtic this season.
Celtic had a hard time to make an effect in the video game with Caitlin Hayes prohibited objective their only shot on target.
Rangers are now level on points with their competitors, who are 2nd on objective distinction, with both sides 5 points behind SWPL leaders Glasgow City with 4 video games staying.
Rangers keep title defence alive
Rangers understood they needed to win to stay in the title race and they controlled from kick-off however were lucky to stay level when Caitlin Hayes’ header was dismissed for Natasha Flint’s push on Rangers goalkeeper Victoria Esson.
After Rachel McLauchlan’s long-range drive was pressed over by Celtic keeper Pamela Tajonar prior to half time, they then broke the deadlock in design after the break.
Howat smashed an effective shot in off the post then the visitors held back some late Celtic pressure to protect an important win.
Kelly Clark had Celtic’s finest possibility to level the video game when Esson pressed Claire O’Riordan’s header into her course, however she put the ball broad of the post.
Rangers yielded a 99th-minute equaliser in their last video game versus Celtic, however hung on to stay within reach of Glasgow City
Celtic can still win their very first title and host City at Celtic Park on May 11, reside on Sky Sports
Alonso: We scored a legal objective
Celtic supervisor Fran Alonso informed Sky Sports their objective need to have stood:
” Incredibly disappointed. We scored a legal objective in the very first half. We are defending our lives – it remains in our hands to win the league, and after that it’s a horrible choice.
” We managed the video game, however they have quality and they penalized us. Congratulations to them, however the prohibited objective impacted the video game in an enormous method.
” No-one understands why, it can not take place.
” Extremely, really aggravating, and it’s not in our hands any longer. I take pride in the ladies, however it wasn’t to be. We are still 2nd.
” Now the issue is that we depend upon other outcomes. It’s still possible, however I’m ravaged, since the ladies should have more today.”
Thomson: We’re back in it
Rangers supervisor Malky Thomson on Sky Sports:
” We ‘d have left ourselves a mountain to climb up[if we hadn’t won] The ladies were so made up to see that video game out, which we have actually refrained from doing in previous video games
” It’s a terrific lot; they gather when they require to gather. The frustration after the Hearts video game dissipated after they returned to training.
” If you provide her [Howat] half a possibility, she understands what she’s doing. It was struck so sweetly. She wins the video game for us.
” It’s terrific for me at Rangers. These kids have actually trained with us for 2 or 3 years now and they feel part of it. That’s the future for Scotland and females’s football.
” For me, it’s a simple task since they’re such an excellent group. You just gain from your errors. The ladies are thinking in themselves now – they take complete obligation in whatever they do. I’m happy to be a part of it.”
Glasgow City 2-1 Hibernian
Glasgow City stay 5 points clear at the top of the SWPL after a 2-1 win over a weakened Hibernian side.
Kinga Kozak offered the hosts the lead after simply 7 minutes, with Emily Whelan heading in Priscilla Chinchilla’s cross to make it 2-0 prior to half-time.
Hibernian protector Siobhan Hunter volleyed house an alleviation for Dean Gibson’s side, who are 10 points behind Edinburgh competitors Hearts.
City host Hearts on Sunday prior to dealing with Celtic on Might 11, reside on Sky Sports Hibernian are at house to Rangers.
Heart of Midlothian 1-1 Partick Thistle
In the other top-six video game, midfielder Jenny Smith offered Hearts the lead in the capital, however centre-half and Thistle captain Demi Falconer bundled in an equaliser.
It was Thistle’s 2nd objective given that the split and made them their very first point in their last 6 video games.
Spartans 4-2 Dundee United
Spartans moved above Motherwell after a 2nd half return to stack pressure on Dundee United in their fight to prevent the transfer play-off.
United captain Danni McGinley opened the scoring directly from a free-kick for the 2nd time in 3 days, Spartans midfielder Katherine Smart then equalised prior to forward Georgie Robb restored the lead for United.
Protector Robyn McCafferty pulled Spartans level once again prior to Smart scored her 2nd to provide Spartans the lead for the very first time.
The house win was validated when an own objective improved the scoreline to 4-2.
Motherwell 1-3 Hamilton Academical
Eilidh Austin motivated Hamilton to their very first Lanarkshire derby triumph of the season, with the on-loan Rangers striker scoring a hat-trick at the Excelsior Arena.
Carla Boyce transformed a charge to make it 1-1, however the 17-year-old finished the club’s very first treble in this component.
Accies transfer to within 2 points of ensured security next season after Dundee United’s defeat. Motherwell fall to 8th and are now a point behind Spartans.
Aberdeen 5-1 Glasgow Women
Aberdeen moved another action better to security with a comfy triumph over relegated Glasgow Women.
Bailley Collins offered Aberdeen the lead and forward Hannah Stewart scored a quickfire double prior to half-time.
Eilidh Coast’s second-half strike was dramatically followed by an own objective to move the Dons move 7 points clear of the transfer play-off area.