SWPL: Celtic Beat Hearts and Stay Ahead of Rangers on Goal Difference While the Ibrox Side See off Hibs - Latest Global News

SWPL: Celtic Beat Hearts and Stay Ahead of Rangers on Goal Difference While the Ibrox Side See off Hibs

The race for the Scottish Women’s Premier League title will come to the final day of the season for the second year in a row as Celtic and Rangers battle it out for top spot…

Heart 1-3 Celtic

Leaders Celtic are just one win away from a historic first league title as goals from Tash Flint and Amy Gallacher secured victory in the capital.

With 17 minutes played, Flint fired into the bottom corner to give the Celtics the lead and calm everyone’s nerves.

Gallacher doubled their lead shortly afterwards when Caitlin Hayes’ corner fell to the striker, who put the ball into the net with a brilliant finish.

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Amy Gallacher (centre) scored Celtic’s second goal against Hearts (Credit: Colin Poultney/SWPL)

Three minutes later Flint secured her brace and all three points as she beat Rachael Johnstone for Celtic for the third time.

Lizzie Waldie scored a late goal for Hearts but it is Celtic who have a hand on the title.

The league leaders face Hibs at Celtic Park on Sunday and know a win will likely see them crowned champions. Hearts travel to Glasgow City on the same day.

Hibernian 2-3 Rangers

Rangers remain level on points but are 16 goals behind their rivals – knowing that Celtic must drop points to win the title.

Thanks to a hat-trick from Kirsty Howat, Jo Potter’s side won at Hibernian and kept pace with the leaders.

The Gers took the lead in the 32nd minute when the ball fell to Howat in the penalty area and she fired into the goal.

Rangers were 2-0 up after the break when Chelsea sent Cornet Howat on goal and the striker found the bottom corner from inside the box.

The Scotland international completed her hat-trick after beating Tess Middag and Rangers looked set to take three points.

However, Hibernian prepared a nervy finish when Michaela McAlonie equalized with 14 minutes left before Jorian Baucom rounded the goalkeeper to make it 3-2 in stoppage time.

However, there was not enough time for an equalizer as Rangers returned to Glasgow with all three points.

Rangers are back at Broadwood on Sunday where they host Partick Thistle, while Hibernian could have a big say in the title race when they visit Celtic Park.

Aberdeen 1-1 Dundee United

On the other hand, Dundee United slipped from last place after a draw at Aberdeen.

The visitors took the lead after 19 minutes played when Robyn Smith’s free kick was partially cleared before falling to Morgan Steedman who fired home from close range.

The Dons equalized three minutes later when a through ball from Bayley Hutchison reached Eva Thomson, who fired the ball into the goal.

Neither team could find a winner, meaning the club will avoid automatic relegation with a win for Dundee United at home to Motherwell on Sunday, while Aberdeen visit the capital to face the Spartans.

Motherwell 4-2 Hamilton Accies

Hamilton Accies are now bottom of the table after losing to Motherwell in the Lanarkshire derby.

And that despite Melissa Reid taking the lead after just 12 minutes. However, this advantage was short-lived as Motherwell equalized through a Morgan Cross header.

Accies took the lead back just before half-time when Justine Strain put Chloe Muir through, but after the restart it was Cross again who brought the hosts level with another header.

After Muir missed a great chance for the visitors to take the lead for the third time, Motherwell took full advantage when former Accies player Amy Anderson scored 11 minutes from time.

Jo Addie secured victory for Motherwell shortly afterwards and the result means Hamilton Accies are now one point behind Dundee United at the bottom of the table.

They host Montrose on Sunday while Motherwell play away at Dundee United.

Partick Thistle 0-2 Glasgow City

Elsewhere, Glasgow City won the Petershill Park derby by beating Partick Thistle thanks to a brace from Carlee Giammona.

After 52 minutes played, the American broke the deadlock when her shot from the edge of the penalty area went over the goalkeeper and into the net.

She doubled her team’s lead in the final stages when she shot the ball into the goal from a corner.

Glasgow City next host Petershill Park where they face Hearts on Sunday. Partick Thistle travel to Broadwood to take on Rangers.

Montrose 4-3 Spartans

There was late drama at Links Park as Montrose beat the Spartans – with retiring club captain Tammy Harkin leading her side to victory.

Louise Brown opened the scoring for the hosts in the first half, but everything was clear shortly after the restart when Caley Gibb fired the ball into the goal.

Montrose took the lead again when Alicia Yates fired the ball into her own net from a corner, but the visitors hit back again when Erin Henderson equalized.

The Spartans then took the lead for the first time with nine minutes remaining when Mya Bates headed in from a cross from Gibb.

However, Harkin, who recently announced she will retire at the end of this season, equalized for the hosts before Tally Robb scored the winner in the 97th minute.

Montrose face Hamilton Accies on Sunday while the Spartans host Aberdeen.

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