SWPL | Spartans draw with Hamilton at Ainslie Park

Spartans hosted Hamilton at Ainslie Park is Scottish Power WPL action as the Edinburgh side looked to make it three wins from three in a busy week.


The game got off to a flyer as Simone McMahon opened the scoring with just 45 seconds on the clock. The midfielder picking up the ball on the edge of the box, firing toward goal and making no mistake as her effort went straight into the top corner. The second goal of the game would come just three minutes later. This time it would be Dion McMahon on hand to double the home sides’ advantage. Marshall’s corner delivery picking her out perfectly in the box, as she sent a glancing header into the back of the net.


Spartans would have plenty possession in the first half, however not creating much to trouble Nicolson in the Hamilton net. McCafferty’s cross could only find the side netting. Simone McMahon looking to double her tally on a couple occasions, one well saved by Nicolson and the other punched clear by the Hamilton ‘keeper. The best of the chances was from Marshall. Spartans awarded a free kick on the edge of the box, Marshall’s effort however always rising.


Hamilton started the second half on the front foot, Giard pouncing on a long ball over the top, bearing down on Yates’ in the Spartans net and slotting the one-on-one effort past Yates to cut the deficit in half.


Spartans would come close to restoring the two goal advantage on the hour mark, Robyn McCafferty’s headed effort cleared off the line by a Hamilton defender. The next goal would go to Hamilton, Giard again finding herself one-on-one with Alicia Yates, the shot giving Yates no chance as it fired into the back of the net to give Hamilton an equaliser with 15 minutes to go.


Spartans would throw everything forward in hopes of finding a winner, however the Hamilton defence stood strong to see the game end a point a piece.