The top two in the Scottish Women’s Premier League could not be separated as Glasgow City and leaders Rangers drew 1-1 at Petershill Park.
Glasgow City – who lost the title to Rangers last season – came into the game behind their rivals on goal difference, with both sides claiming nine wins from nine so far this season.
After a tense first half it was City who opened the scoring as Lauren Davidson, with her 14th goal this season in all competitions, fired home after Emily Whelan was knocked down in the box.
It was the first time Rangers had conceded in domestic competition this season, but it didn’t faze Malky Thomson’s side who equalized with a penalty.
Kaela McCoy was knocked down by Bea Prades Insa and stepped up Tessel Middag, which sent Lee Gibson the wrong way.
Rangers pushed for a winner with Lisa Martinez heading against Middag’s free-kick bar before Kirsty Howat’s cross appeared on the face of goal.
Although both clubs have seen their 100 per cent league records come to an end, Rangers remain top ahead of an Old Firm clash with Celtic, while City hope to beat Glasgow rivals Partick Thistle and go top if d other results point in their direction.
Celtic 3-0 Heart of Midlothian
Celtic returned to winning ways with a comfortable win over Heart of Midlothian.
Fran Alonso’s side suffered their first loss of the season at the hands of Glasgow City in their final game to drop them to third in the table and faced Hearts who came in tied for fourth, six points adrift. Hoops.
However, there was no shock in store as Natalie Ross played in former Hibernian player Amy Gallacher, who kicked in Charlotte Parker-Smith to put Celtic ahead after 16 minutes.
Minutes before half-time, Celtic’s lead was doubled as Olivia Ferguson headed in Lisa Robertson’s cross before Gallacher completed the victory late with her second.
Victory at Broadwood Stadium in the Old Firm would see Celtic move over Rangers, however, defeat could see the champions move four points clear of Celtic.
There is also a derby in store for Hibernian as they take on Hearts at Easter Road in what should be a historic occasion with the national attendance record set to be broken.
Over 6,500 tickets have already been sold for the game which holds the current record.
Hamilton Accies 1-5 Partick Thistle
Partick Thistle emerged as the clear winner against Hamilton Academical who faced an early red card when keeper Chloe Nicolson was sent off after just five minutes for handling outside the box to prevent Abbie Ferguson from finding the net.
Thistle scored twice in the first half with Linzi Taylor heading bravely in the opener after 22 minutes from a Freya Macdonald cross before Rachel Donaldson doubled her lead just 10 minutes later.
Donaldson turned provider after the restart, replacing Ferguson who made third and then assisted Taylor for his second of the game with less than an hour left before Jordan McLintock completed the victory from the spot.
There was time for a late consolation goal for Accies as another penalty, awarded for handball, saw Megan Quinn score three minutes from time.
Partick Thistle remains fifth in the league, a point above Hibs, while Accies drop to 10th ahead of the Lanarkshire derby against Motherwell.
Motherwell 4-1 Aberdeen
Motherwell moved up to seventh in the SWPL after a comfortable 4-1 home win over Aberdeen at K-Park.
The hosts found themselves 3-0 at the break thanks to goals from Gill Inglis, Katie Rice and Kaela McDonald-Nguah.
Despite reducing the deficit with 58 minutes played by Bailley Collins, the Dons left themselves with too much work to do and any hope of a comeback was over when McDonald-Nguah got the fourth from Motherwell.
The result leaves Motherwell just three points clear of a top-six finish as they enter the Lanarkshire derby against Hamilton Accies next Sunday.
Aberdeen remain 11th and with a 10th place required to secure SWPL football next season, they have a five point gap to make up on the Accies and Spartans who are above them.
Dundee United 2-1 Spartans
Newly-promoted Dundee United needed a late winner to secure an important win over the Spartans at Gussie Park.
They had to come from behind after the visitors led 1-0 before the break when Alana Marshall stabbed the ball after Fiona McNicoll knocked down a cross.
However, just before the hour mark, United found the equalizer when Cassie Cowper’s free kick was struck by Danni McGinley, the ball falling into the path of Tammy Harkin whose effort passed Rachel Harrison.
With 90 minutes up it looked destined to end all square but Cowper and McGinley had other ideas as the pair lined up again and it was the latter who this time fired home in the 91st minute to seal a spectacular victory.
Dundee United move up to eighth, six points above the relegation play-off spot and one place above Spartans who drop to ninth ahead of their next game against Glasgow Women.
Glasgow Women 0-6 Hibernian
Sky Sports Cup finalists Hibernian boosted their hopes of closing in on the top four with a comfortable win over Glasgow Women at New Tinto Park.
However, it took until 43 minutes for the opening goal, after Molly Reeve kept Glasgow women level by saving Nor Mustafa’s penalty.
With something special required to beat Reeve, Rosie Livingston stepped up who found the back of the net with a superb shot from the edge of the box.
Hibs got their second minutes later before the break as Eilidh Adams and she was also on target in the second half with an own goal and Krystyna Freda’s brace to complete the victory.
Glasgow Women remain at the bottom of the table, still looking for their first points of the season.
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