Rangers Women overcame Hibernian Women 1-0 in the SPFL 1 on Sunday to secure a huge three points at a rainy Ainslie Park.
It was former player Chelsea Cornet who would come back to haunt Hibernian. Her goal 15 minutes from time separated the sides as Rangers moved joint top of the league, level on points with reigning champions Glasgow City.
Hibs made one change from last week’s 6-0 win over Motherwell, with Amy Gallagher replacing Carla Boyce. Meanwhile Rangers welcomed back Daina Bourma and goalscorer Cornet to the starting eleven.
In a first half dominated by Rangers in possession but short on chances, it was Hibs’ Charlotte Potts who would go closest. Her looping header rattled off Jenna Fife’s bar five minutes before half-time.
The second half followed a similar tone with a resolute Hibernian backline restricting Malky Thomson’s side to half-chances.
Rangers finally got their breakthrough though on 75, when a fabulous diagonal ball from Kirsten Reilly released Brogan Hay on the right. Her cross was met by Lizzie Arnot and then finally bundled in by Cornet to open the scoring late on.
Scotland international Rachael Boyle almost equalised instantly, however. She forced a fabulous save from international teammate Fife at the near post, but it would be a blue day as Rangers held on for their third successive win.
The victory sets up the Blue Belles nicely for next weekend’s Old Firm clash against Celtic. A first loss of the season for Hibernian sees them occupy fourth in the SWPL 1.