Tartan Kicks’ SWPL Result of the Month – May 2016

The Tartan Kicks’ SWPL Result of the Month for May 2016 is as follows:

6th Place: Hutchison Vale 2-1 Hamilton Academical (9%)

SWPL 2, 1 May 2016

Having lost top spot in the SWPL 2 the previous weekend after losing to Hearts, Hamilton would have wanted to bounce back with a win against Hutchison Vale.

But, Hutchie had their own plans and produced a superb win against Hamilton and picked up a 2-1 win, thanks to goals from Judith Shepherd and Bryony Ross.

Not only was this their first home win, they became the first side to take points off Hamilton on their travels.

5th Place: Glasgow City 2-0 Hibernian (9%)

SWPL 1, 1 May 2016

Okay, Glasgow City winning an SWPL 1 game is hardly the biggest news of the season. But, the reason why this result was nominated was because of the significance.

At the start of the season, there was huge excitement about the title race between Glasgow City and Hibernian. Had Hibs closed the gap on the champions? Would this be one season too many for City?

The title race was never going to rest upon this result. After all, it was the sixth week of a 21-week tournament, and City and Hibs still had to play each other twice more in the league.

What it did do was this. It showed that Glasgow City is still the team to beat. It showed that Hibernian is still catching up.

4th Place: Forfar Farmington 2-0 Stirling (14%)

SWPL 1, 15 May 2016

Before the start of the season, the question of who would be relegated from the SWPL 1 was tough to call. Not only because there was only one spot, but because you could make an argument for every single team bar Glasgow City, Hibernian, and Celtic.

But after the first weekend, only one team had occupied that spot. Forfar Farmington. Not only had their early results been poor, but so had their performances. But as the season wore on, so did their performances improve.

Their opponents, Stirling University sat just ahead of them by three points and had suffered a couple of 3-1 defeats.

And when Forfar Farmington hosted Stirling University, those improved performances finally were converted into points thanks to goals from Holly Napier and Tori Sousa.

Three days later, a win against Aberdeen would see Forfar climb off the bottom of the table for the first time.

3rd Place: Forfar Farmington 0-3 Spartans (18%)

SWPL 1, 29 May 2016

Going into this match, Spartans’ away record in the SWPL 1 had been atrocious. Played 4, Lost 4, Goals Scored 0, Goals Conceded 15.

If Spartans were going to avoid being dragged towards the relegation places, they would have to both start scoring and picking up points on their travels.

They travelled up to Forfar Farmington’s Station Park, knowing that Forfar was full of confidence having won two out their past three matches. It could have been three out of three had Celtic not have been awarded a controversial penalty.

However, Spartans produced a superb performance to secure a 3-0 win thanks to goals from Lauren Gavin, Alana Marshall and Christie Kerr.

2nd Place: Hearts 0-2 Glasgow Girls (23%)

SWPL 2, 1 May 2016

The previous Sunday, Hearts had beaten Hamilton 3-1 to move top of the SWPL 2 – a result that saw them saw them win April’s Result of the Month.

And the previously unbeaten Hearts knew they would have to win to guarantee holding on to first spot.

But, Glasgow Girls came to King’s Park looking to close the gap to the top, and thanks to goals from Leigh Ferrol and Lauren Coleman secured a 2-0 victory. The win saw them move just one point from first place.

Winner: Stirling 1-0 Rangers (27%)

SWPL 1, 29 May 2016

Stirling University’s season was looking in trouble. They had just suffered a heavy 8-1 defeat to Glasgow City and were stuck at the bottom of the SWPL 1, without knowing where their next points were coming from.

And they were hosting a Rangers side, that whilst it had suffered a dip in form, were a very difficult side to beat. Earlier in the season, Rangers had beaten them 4-1.

Stirling’s only points of the season had come in a win against Celtic, and once again, Stirling beat an Old Firm club.

It would take until the 88th minute for Emma Lyons to score, and secure a massively important 1-0 win. Whilst Stirling remains in eighth place, this is now only on goal difference.

 

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