Following a jam-packed international break, the SWPL Cup got back up and running in the form of the quarter-finals.
Two rivalry fuelled battles got underway while Aberdeen and Spartans faced Hibernian and Dundee United respectively. Glasgow City, Hibernian, and Spartans all booked their place in the semi-final.
Poor defending and a mistake from Rangers’ Jenna Fife in goal meant derby rivals Celtic would also go through to the next round, making it four consecutive Old Firm wins for Fran Alonso.
Charlie Wellings’ effort from long range caught out the Scotland ‘keeper, slipping under her arm and into the net in the second half. Despite creating the better chances and arguably being the better side on paper, Rangers sent fans home from Auchenhowie with the familiar feeling of derby heartbreak.
A draw and a defeat against the top two so far this season brings a mountain of criticism from the fans, with some calling for Malky Thomson’s departure.
Being two points clear at the top of the table, they can’t sulk for too long with their next meeting against Celtic being on Sunday. Before then, Rangers make the short journey to Motherwell today in a bid to pull further away from their fellow Glaswegian rivals in second and third.
Player of the Month nominees
Despite a disappointing Sunday evening, Rachel McLauchlan of Rangers put on a stellar display. The Scottish international has been a standout since the season began, both for club and country. Making the role her own, she has grown into the modern right-back. She brings just as much attacking threat as defensive. With 17 goals scored and two conceded this month, she has contributed massively to her team’s success.
Being recognised for her five star performances, the 24-year-old has been nominated for the SWPL1 Player of the Month award for October alongside Leanne Crichton of Motherwell and Glasgow City’s Lauren Davidson.
The SWPL cup semi-finals are set to be played in a neutral ground — Forthbank Stadium in Stirling. Kick-off times are 12pm and 4:30pm GMT on the November 14th.
Glasgow City vs Spartans — 12pm
Celtic vs Hibernian — 4:30pm