Scottish Weekend Review

from Tom Freeman (17/1/23)

Above: Celebration time for Hutchison Vale against Morton in the SWF Championship. Photo: Alex Todd / Sport Pix

Livingston and FC Edinburgh have boosted their promotion bids with convincing victories at the top of the Women’s Championship and Women’s League One respectively.

Championship

Goals from Livingston’s Anderson and Mulligan either side of a brace from Jeniffer Dodds saw the West Lothian side beat Ayr United 4-1 at home in the Championship, while Renfrew Ladies took advantage of Rossvale’s game being postponed to move into second in the table after a seven-goal thriller against Inverness Caledonian Thistle. Goals from Brown, Macleod, Munro, and Wilkie secured victory, with a double from Inverness’ Hossack and a goal from Mackenzie in reply from the Highlanders.

Hutchison Vale moved back into the top half of the Championship with a convincing 4-0 victory over Morton, which included goals from Zoe Evans and Gabby Anderson adding to a brace from captain Angyl Learmonth.

Table From: SWF Championship

League One

Above: Falkirk battle against Westdyke (Sky Blue stripes). Photo: Jill Runcie / Sport Pix.

Deborah McLeod and Nic Rutherford will have had to compete for the match ball after both grabbing hattricks for FC Edinburgh in their 10-0 demolition of Dundee West. Emma Mitchell grabbed a double with further goals from Hannah Markley and Jayden Simmons. The cup winners stretched their lead at the top of League One after second-placed Westdyke and third-placed Falkirk played out an entertaining draw in Aberdeen.

Table From: SWF League One

Biffa SWFL

Above: Action from Annan Athletic (gold and black) against Flip The Mindset. Photo: Keith A.Richardson.

The weekend also marked the opening day of the new Biffa SWFL short season in its new format as part of the Scottish Women’s Football pyramid. SWFL league cup holders Harmony Row made a promising start by beating SWFL Plate holders Motherwell Development 5-3 in Renfrew.

The new sides entering the leagues had mixed fortunes. South Glasgow’s Flip the Mindset played out an exciting 4-4 draw with Annan Athletic, Athena Glasgow lost 5-0 at Alloa Athletic, Edinburgh University Thistle beat Falkirk Development 7-2 and newly-formed Inverurie Locos edged out their also new local rivals Huntly 1-0 in the North derby.

Above: Alloa Athletic in possession against Athena Glasgow. Photo: David Glencross.

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