We now know the teams that have been relegated from the SWPL 1 and SWPL 2.
In the SWPL 1, Forfar Farmington has been relegated after losing 5-1 to Hibernian. They’ve had a difficult season and not picked up the points that their performances have deserved. Forfar has a talented squad and if they keep that core nucleus together, they will be fighting for the SWPL 2 title next season. I think the fact that a club like Forfar has been relegated just shows the strength of the SWPL 1.
We also know that Inverness City and Queen’s Park will be playing in the SWFL Division One next year. Both sides have struggled this season and although they have made improvements in recent months, it was too late to build a fight against the drop.
The SWPL 1 title race remains as it was. Glasgow City produced a stunning performance to beat an Aberdeen side that has made important improvements over the past few months. And coupled with Hibernian’s win over Forfar, the gap between the leaders City and Hibs still are five points. That means that the game between Glasgow City and Hibernian on the 23rd October is looking more and more like a title decider.
However, it is in the SWPL 2 where the race is really exciting. After Hamilton Academical’s superb win over Glasgow Girls, and Hearts’ win over Queen’s Park – all three rivals are on 42 points with just three matches remaining.
As it stands, Hamilton holds the advantage over the other two sides due to their goal difference, but that is now only two goals over Hearts. Glasgow Girls are unlikely to be able to win on goal difference so they will need to do it on points.
To make things even more exciting, there are still two more clashes between the sides.
Next week, Hamilton Academical host Hearts and then two weeks later, Hearts host Glasgow Girls.
There are lots more turns and twists to come, and who will win the title? I can’t call it at the moment. All three clubs have their fate in their own hands.