Spartans 1-0 Rangers
- Final game before mid-season break
- Spartans 4th, Rangers 5th.
- Whoever wins will end the day in 4th. But Rangers need to win to move up to 4th
- Louise Mason puts Spartans 1-0 up
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PLAYER OF THE MATCH
Difficult this one, beause neither side were at their best. But, Eartha Cumings stood out for me. She made several great and important saves, her distribution was good and a couple of times she was quickly out to make crucial interceptions and tackles.
Spartans pick up a crucial win, which means they have won their past three SWPL 1 games without conceding.
Spartans has a free-kick 25 yards out. Danijela Rae’s shot is caught by Johnstone
Clare Gemmell shoots from 25 yards, but it’s too easy for Cumings.
85 mins – Rangers Sub
Niamh Johnston replaces Leanne Hughes
Nearly a superb impact from Spartans’ second sub. Simone McMahon delivers a superb cross from the right but the unmarked Christie Kerr can only head over.
80 mins – Spartans Sub
Christie Kerr replaces Michelle Russell
Hayley Sinclair picks out Brown in the box, but her shot is blocked by Bobby Beveridge and Cumings claim
The first corner causes chaos and Spartans clear behind. The second corner sees Cumings come and miss the ball, the ball falls to Gemmell at the near post but she could only shoot wide.
Rhonda Jones plays Brown into the box, but her shot is superly saved by Cumings who tips the ball round.
Chantelle Brown breaks into the Spartans box but her shot/cross deflects up and Cumings claims.
73 mins – Spartans Sub
Danijela Rae replaces Laura Gavin
Mason plays a through-ball that sends Russell through on goal, she takes a touch past the keeper and her shot is cleared off the line by Rhonda Jones. The Corner eventuall falls to Marshall who shoots over
69 mins – GOAL SPARTANS 1-0 Rangers (Louise Mason)
Spartans take the lead. On the right wing, Mason has a speculative effort that goes over Johnstone and into the net
68 mins – Rangers Double Sub
Farquhar and Swanson repelace Turner and Barr
66 mins – Rangers Yellow Card
Katey Turner is booked for grabbing Alana Marshall and trying to drag her off the ball.
Foley drills a dangerous ball across the six-yard box, but Cumings makes a great claim ahead of Gemmell.
Claire Adams plays a superb cross-field ball to Foley in the box, but she gets her shot all wrong as Cumings closed her down. Rangers’ best chance so far.
Katey Turner breaks into the Spartans’ box but at the crucial moment she’s denied by Dion McMahon’s superb sliding tackle.
Spartans has a corner. Marshall takes it, it finds Reilly at the far post, but leaning back she can only flick her header wide.
Michelle Russell turns her marker on the edge of the box, but she shoots straight at the keeper.
Louise Mason’s cross from the right is dangerous, but the Rangers’ keeper claims
Rangers win a corner and Katey Turner’s delivery nearly picks out Megan Foley, but she had jumped too early to make the contact needed.
Rangers get the second half underway
HALF-TIME: Spartans 0-0 Rangers
Neither side will be too happy after that half as both keepers weren’t tested enough.
A wonderful ball from Michelle Russell finds Laura Gavin unmarked in the box, she controls the ball but curls the ball wide of the far post.
Gemmell’s first corner is cleared behind. Her second is cleared.
Turner breaks into the Spartans box, but Cumings narrows the angle and makes the save
Hayley Sinclair makes room on the edge of the Spartans’ box but shoots straight at Cumings
Spartans win a free-kick just inside the Rangers half, but Rangers launch a counter through Chantelle Brown, but she’s stopped by Bobby Beveridge. Both sides struggling to test the opposition keeper.
Another Rangers corner. Gemmell’s delivery ends up hitting the side netting.
Spartans has a free-kick from 30 yards, but Louise Mason shot goes tamely wide
Gemmell plays a through-ball to Turner, but Cumings is quick out of her box to clear
Great play from Foley wins Rangers a corner. Claire Gemmell takes it, the ball eventually falls to Hayley Sinclair whose shot is blocked.
Spartans has another corner. Alana Marshall takes it but it goes over everyone and out for a Rangers throw
Johnston is quick off her line to deny Russell with a sliding tackle.
Rangers try and launch a counter from the corner, but they are denied by the offside flag
Alana Marshall shoots from 20 yards, and forces Johnston into a great save to tip behind for a corner.
Spartans has another corner. Louise Mason’s delivery is cleared at the near post
The original corner comes to nothing, but Foley recycles the box down the left. Her cross finds Turner in a dangerous position, but she’s ruled offside
Katey Turner passes to Megan Foley whose first time shot at the near post forces Spartans’ keeper Eartha Cumings to parry over
Corner to Spartans, but Marshall’s delivery comes to nothing
Good chance for Spartans. Alana Marshall breaks down the left and finds Michelle Russell in the box. She’s never able to turn and passes to Katie Reilly, but the Spartans’ captain’s shot is weak and straight at Rangers’ keeper Claire Johnston
The first half is underway
The teams are coming out. We are minutes away from kick-off.
STARTING XI: Johnstone, Jones, Hughes, Barr, McLintock, Foley, Gemmell, Adams, Sinclair, Brown, Turner
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The form of these two teams could not be more different. Spartans are looking for their third win in a row in the SWPL 1 (including beating Glasgow City 3-0) whilst Rangers are looking for their first win since the beginning of May.
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