All the action from the third and fourth tiers of the Scottish women’s game (24/10/22).
Above: Emma McFadyen celebrates Hutchinson Vale’s seventh goal against Morton yesterday. Photo: Ger Harley/Sportpix
Livingston won comfortably against Ayr United to stay top of the Scottish Women’s Championship, while rivals Renfrew were held to a goalless draw in the Highlands by Inverness Caledonian Thistle.
A double from recent signing Erin Burns and a goal apiece from strike duo Ashley Fish and Jennifer Dodds secured the win for Livingston at Ayr United, after Rachel Scott scored her ninth league goal of the season for the hosts.
Inverness Caledonian Thistle enjoyed good possession against Renfrew Ladies at home, but the visitors looked like taking all the points when a free kick from the centre circle dropped into the net, only for the ref to call for a retake as an injured player was still leaving the field when the ball was kicked. At the other end, Kayleigh Mackenzie saw several chances in the final stages but failed to make the breakthrough.
Hutchison Vale’s young side, who have struggled to find the net in recent weeks, put seven past Morton at home, with captain Angyl Learmonth scoring four including two penalties, a double from Emma McFadyen, and one for Niamh Naysmith, with a Hickey double merely a consolation for the Greenock side.
A first-half goal by Melissa Porter against Dryburgh Athletic in rainy Glasgow was enough to send Rossvale into second place, three points behind Livingston.
In the Scottish Women’s League One, FC Edinburgh kept Grampian at bay while scoring six at the other end to keep themselves top.
Westdyke in second had to dig deep to beat Edinburgh Caledonia 3-2 in the North East, to keep them level on points with FC Edinburgh at the top of the table.
Airdrie Ladies came back from two goals down to claim a point against Falkirk at home, BSC Glasgow’s Sam McManus scored a hat-trick to brush aside Gleniffer Thistle and Giffnock came from behind to beat Dundee West 2-1 in a close game.
In the battle for fourth, Stenhousemuir’s Helen Templeton cancelled out Ceara Macintyre’s opener then scored a free kick from 35 yards out in the dying minutes to take the points.