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Glasgow City bounced back from back-to-back defeats to defeat Partick Thistle in the ‘Petershill Park’ derby.

The Jags, who have lost all of their games since the split, started the game strong as they looked to take advantage of a battered City side. With the sides level in first-half added time, City took the lead to punch Thistle. Bea Prades with a nice shot from the edge of the box after falling nicely for the Spanish midfielder.

With less than an hour to play, City found the final goal despite Megan Cunningham’s best efforts in Partick Thistle’s net. It looked like she had done enough by denying Linda Motlhalo from close quarters, but SWPL top scorer Lauren Davidson was on hand to score her 24th league goal.

The result means Glasgow City remain top of the table, two points clear of Celtic, and Partick Thistle continues to sit in sixth place. City host Hibernian on Wednesday while Thistle is absent at Heart of Midlothian.

Celtic 3-0 Hibernian

Celtic kept pace at the top of the Park’s Motor Group SWPL with a comfortable victory over Hibernian at the Excelsior Stadium.

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Celtic lost 3-0 to Hibernian

We were unlikely to see a repeat scoreline since day one of the season when Celtic were 9-0 winners, but they got off to a fast start with the opener after just 18 minutes. Former Hibee Amy Gallacher with a fine finish to top Celtic’s league scoring charts. Gallacher then turned provider with 40 minutes left, whipping Chloe Craig into a corner to finish at the far post.

Moments after the restart, Celtic extended their lead. Natasha Flint was alert to intercept the Hibs pass before finishing for her fourth goal in her last three SWPL games.

Celtic remain two points behind Glasgow City and take on Rangers, live on Sky Sports, this Thursday in what could be a monumental game for both sides’ title chances. Hibernian is fifth and four points ahead of Partick Thistle.

Rangers 1-1 Heart of Midlothian

Rangers were denied by a late penalty from Hearts as they moved behind the top two in the battle for the Park’s Motor Group SWPL Trophy. It adds further pressure on Malky Thomson’s side for Thursday’s clash with Celtic, live on Sky Sports, likely a must win if Rangers are to retain their title.

The Hearts are the only team outside the top two to take points against Rangers entering the game, a 0-0 draw at Oriam in January.

The first goal of the match came with 37 minutes on the clock as Sam Kerr netted his fifth goal in his last four SWPL games. The Scottish midfielder created the goal after penetrating into the opposition box, finding Kirsty Howat before he bounced nicely for Kerr to strike home.

He looked set for Rangers to clinch all three points and keep pace at the top, but Hannah Davison conceded a penalty nearly three minutes into added time for a foul on Cailin Michie. Former Rangers midfielder Ciara Grant stepped up and smashed the ball to the death.

Rangers are now five points behind Glasgow City and three behind Celtic heading into Thursday’s game. Hearts remain fourth, nine points clear of Hibernian with five games remaining.

Hamilton Academical 1-1 Dundee United

Hamilton Accies and Dundee United shared the spoils at New Douglas Park, leaving them five points clear with five games remaining. The result favors Dundee United who are 10th and just outside the relegation play-off spot.

Danni McGinley scored United’s first goal, his 13th in the league this season, after eight minutes. The United striker hammered in her free-kick low and with enough power to overtake Chloe Nicolson in goal.

One of Accies’ star players, Josi Giard, was scoreless in her last seven matches before today and her strike could be vital for Accies avoiding the relegation play-off. The German striker’s through ball came from a tight angle and was parried by Fiona McNicoll into the United goal.

Hamilton is absent at Motherwell on Wednesday in the Lanarkshire derby while Dundee United travel to the Spartans.

Aberdeen 0-2 Motherwell

Motherwell maintained their 100% record against Aberdeen this season with another comfortable victory in the North.

The visiting team took the lead just before the half-time whistle thanks to the in-form Tiree Burchill. The renter’s long shot beat Celtic team-mate India Marwaha to give Motherwell the lead and her fifth goal in her last five SWPL games.

The final goal came with just under an hour played by Louisa Boyes as the Dons surrendered possession in their own box with the Motherwell striker capitalizing.

The result keeps Motherwell seventh as they battle to finish top of the last six since the split. They host the Lanarkshire derby against Hamilton Academical on Wednesday. Aberdeen remain eight points clear of the relegation play-off ahead of their midweek home game against relegated Glasgow Women.

Glasgow Women 0-1 Spartans

Glasgow Women were relegated from Park’s Motor Group SWPL after suffering their 27th defeat of the season. They had been promoted to the First Division on the final day of the 2021/22 season but have so far failed to secure a point.

Despite a fighting performance, the Spartans prevailed to maintain their unbeaten run in April with three wins and a draw. The game’s only goal came from Mya Bates after seven minutes. On her 18th birthday, Bates returned home after being cut by Caley Gibb.

The Spartans remain eighth, two points behind Motherwell in the battle for seventh place. The Edinburgh side host Dundee United at Ainslie Park on Wednesday while Glasgow Women are at Aberdeen.

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