SWPL | Spartans come out on top in six goal thriller

 Hamilton started the game the livelier of the two sides without creating much to trouble Harrison in the Spartans net. The home side did have a chance in the first 10 minutes Gibb doing well to control and shoot but a great save denied her from opening the scoring.


Austin would have the next effort but her long range shot was bravely blocked by Robyn McCafferty. The end to end action continued as Hannah Robinson delivered a teasing ball into the box but Nicolson gathered well. It would be the home side to open the scoring on the 13th minute mark. Becky Galbraith broke down the right hand side and her cut back found captain Alana Marshall who was on hand to fire the ball into the back of the net.


The visitors found a response just moments later. A free kick into the box was met by Eilidh Martin at the back post to level the scoring.


The home side went straight back on the front foot, searching for the goal to put them back ahead which came through Galbraith. Smart looped the ball over the top, Becky calmly controlled and sent her shot into the bottom corner to regain the lead.


Hamilton were awarded a penalty less than 10 minutes from the half way point after a rammy in the box. Harrison guessed correctly and got a hand to it but the ball crept into the goal to level the scoring once more. No further chances in half would see the sides go in with two goals a piece.


Spartans started the second half in excellent fashion, winning a free kick in a dangerous position just seconds after the restart. Alana Marshall stepped up and produced an outstanding strike into the top corner to give Debbi McCulloch’s side the lead once more.


The side unlucky not to add a fourth moments later as a cross into the box is met by Galbraith, her header can only find the side netting. Marshall who was on the search for a hat trick had a shot from long range, Nicolson producing a top save to deny the captain.


Bates would make an instant impact off the bench, the winger proving her pace on the wing and swinging a dangerous delivery into the box. The Hamilton defence couldn’t clear and could only turn the ball into their own net, adding a fourth goal of the afternoon for the hosts.


Quinn would see the first yellow of the game. An untimely challenge from behind on Birse saw the referee reach for his book.


The home sides second half dominance paid off, securing the three points to continue the unbeaten streak.