from Tom Freeman (8/5/23)
Above: Livingston celebrate a goal in their dramatic match with Renfrew that saw them clinch promotion to the SWPL2. Photo: Aimee Todd/Sportpix.
Livingston are SWF Championship winners after coming back at home to rescue a point against Renfrew Ladies. The West Lothian club needed only a draw to clinch the title and secure a place in the Scottish Women’s Premier League 2 next season.
Three times Renfrew had gone ahead, but a late goal by Lionesses striker Ashley Elizabeth sent the home fans into raptures. The club have been congratulated on social media by Scotland’s First Minister Humza Yousaf and several of the first team players from the men’s club, as well as Championship rivals.
Rossvale saw off Ayr United 3-0 as their bid for promotion via the play-offs continues. Megan Whiteford, Louise McJacobs, and Cheryl Watt scored the goals. Inverness Caledonian Thistle defeated Dryburgh 2-1 thanks to goals from Katie Cleland and Julia Scott. Alma Codegoni was on target for Dryburgh.
SWF League One
The final day in SWF League One also provided high-stakes drama. Dundee West took advantage of Gleniffer Thistle losing in Airdrie to secure their place in the national leagues with a 3-0 victory over BSC Glasgow at home. Laura-Ann Johnston scored from the halfway line in a victory that had too often eluded the Dundee side this season.
FC Edinburgh completed an entire league campaign undefeated with a comprehensive 6-1 victory over St. Mirren ahead of the trophy presentation at Meadowbank. Pop band The Eves were on hand to present the League One trophy in front of a big crowd.
Meanwhile, Northeast club Westdyke will be joining them in the Championship next season after defeating Falkirk 2-0 at the Falkirk Stadium.
Falkirk’s top scorer Suzanne Wyatt had the opportunity to put the Bairns ahead from the spot, but her penalty was saved before Kayleigh Traynor scored her 35th goal of the season to supplement a strike by Chloe Ferries.
The SWFL East saw Bonnyrigg Rose defeat Central Girls 4-0, Livingston Reserves completed a great day for the club with a 6-0 win over Murieston United, and McDermid won 9-1 at Aberdour.
In the SWFL North, Inverurie Locos defeated Westdyke Thistle 5-1 and Huntly lost a nine-goal thriller 5-4 to Forfar Farmington. There were two matches in the SWFL South, with Kilwinning seeing off Stewarton United 3-1 and Queen of the South won 10-1 at Nithsdale Wanderers.
Harmony Row secured the SWFL West title with a 5-1 victory over Bishopton in the league’s only game of the weekend.