SWPL | Defeat on the opening day

 Spartans looked to get their season underway in a positive manner, starting the new campaign at Ainslie Park, welcoming Rangers to the capital.


It would be the visitors however who got off on the front foot, Jodi McLeary scoring for the Glasgow side after just three minutes. Kirsty Howat delivered to McLeary at the back post who fired the strike past Harrison and into the bottom corner.


The hosts then looked to reply, both Berman and Galbraith running down the flanks and floating crosses into the box. Nothing to trouble Fife in the Rangers goal.


Rangers looked certain to double their advantage before the 20 minute mark. McCafferty produced an outstanding block on the goal line to deny Hardy. Hardy would however find Rangers’ second of the afternoon after she schmoozed her way ’round Harrison and tapping into an empty net. Howat would then hit the crossbar minutes before the half way mark, but no more goals in the first 45.


It was Spartans who starting the second half the livelier of the two, Marshall playing a great through ball to find Berman at the back post. The winger cooly slotting home to cut the deficit in half.


Rangers would restore their two goal advantage just three minutes after through McLeary who headed home a Cornet cross. Cornet would turn provider to scorer to add Rangers fourth, firing home from long-range.


Cornet would get another later in the game, converting from close range after a free kick was floated from deep into the box. Rangers sixth goal would come through youngster Berry, firing home after a stramash in the box.