Rangers Women: Hearts Humbled in Season Opener
Laura Clarke looks over the new look, professional Rangers Women after their first match of the season.
Rangers Women finally kicked off their season yesterday with three points against Hearts at the Rangers Training Centre.
With their first two SWPL Cup games falling victim to the weather Rangers went straight into competitive action in the League.
Megan Bell chalked up the side’s first goal of the season as she broke the deadlock on 12 minutes. After picking the ball up on the left, she cut inside and shaped a shot into the bottom right hand corner. Both teams exchanged chances for the remainder of the half but Rangers went into half time with a slender 1-0 lead.
On the hour mark, Bell grabbed the critical second goal leaving Hearts with a mountain to climb. Ten minutes later Kirsten Reilly had an opportunity to put Rangers out of sight but she blazed her effort over the bar. However, Reilly made no mistake when another chance came her way in the 79th minute as she fired home to put the game to bed. Bell could have had a dream debut hat trick with a couple of minutes remaining but she could not redirect Chelsea Cornet’s initial effort into the net.
Rangers would have expected a result against newly promoted Hearts, the winners of SWPL 2 in 2019. Nevertheless, a comfortable win and a clean sheet in difficult playing conditions is a solid platform to build on. The players and staff will continue to get know each other on and off the park as the weeks progress and this in turn should lead to more continuity in playing style and performance.
Rangers Women are next in action this Thursday (27th) against Queens Park at the Rangers Training Centre in their rearranged SWPL Cup game.
Team v Hearts: Fife, Brownlie, Vance, Martinez, Bourma, Reilly, Gemmell, Cornet, Devi, Hay, Bell
Subs: Cunningham, MacDonald, McQuillan, Girasoli, O’Neill, Docherty
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