Scottish Weekend Review

from Tom Freeman (1/5/23)

Above: Gleniffer celebrate their vital win over Dundee West in SWF League One. Photo: Ger Harley / Sportpix

SWF Championship

Inverness Caledonian Thistle secured fifth position with a 2-1 home victory over Greenock Morton, with Dryburgh Athletic falling to a 3-2 defeat at Ayr United. The third tier now splits for three final games with Livingston needing only a point from their home tie with second-placed Renfrew next week to win the title and secure promotion to the SWPL2.

Just three points separate Renfrew Ladies and third-placed Rossvale in the race for a playoff spot with the side who finish seventh in SWPL2. With the Championship expanding to ten teams next season, there will be no relegation to League One.

Above: The Greenock Morton team who took on Inverness Caledonian Thistle at the weekend. Photo: Greenock Morton FC.

SWF League One

The Fourth tier of women’s football in Scotland is set for a nail-biting finish after Gleniffer Thistle leapfrogged Dundee West at the foot of the table by beating them 3-2 in the rain in Paisley.

The win is only Gleniffer’s second win of the season but puts a point between the two teams heading into the final league matches next Sunday. Gleniffer will travel to Airdrie Ladies, while Dundee West host BSC Glasgow hoping their Paisley rivals drop points.

In the promotion race, second-placed Falkirk needed to defeat unbeaten league champions FC Edinburgh at home to secure second but lost 2-0 with a goal by in-form Edinburgh forward Nic Rutherford and another from winger Jayden Simmons in injury time.

Above: Tough tackling action as St. Mirren (stripes) host Stenhousemuir. Photo: Allan Picken.

Meanwhile, third-placed Westdyke ran amok in the North East, beating Edinburgh Caledonia 6-1 with four goals from the league’s top scorer Kayleigh Traynor and strikes by Chloe Ferries and Bethany Cochrane.

With one remaining promotion slot in play, the results set up a mouth-watering final-day decider at the Falkirk Stadium with a point separating the home side and visitors Westdyke.

Elsewhere, around 300 fans watched an entertaining 1-1 draw between St. Mirren and Stenhousemuir at the club’s main SMiSA Stadium, Stenny ruing a missed second-half penalty to settle for a point.

Biffa SWFL

Queen of the South became the first side to win a Biffa SWFL regional league as part of the women’s football pyramid, running out 10-0 winners at Nithsdale Wanderers. Holly Ovens scored five as the Dumfries side became SWFL South champions and secured at least a play-off spot for promotion to the national League One next season.

Dunfermline Athletic moved back into the top half of Biffa SWFL East after beating Central Girls 6-2 in Grangemouth. The Pars play Falkirk Development on Wednesday night at East End Park, the first time the women’s team has used the main club stadium.

Above: Dunfermline Athletic celebrate during their 6-2 win over Central Girls. Photo: Thomas Sands Media.

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