Rangers kick off new SWPL season with Accies thrashing
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Rangers kick off new SWPL season with Accies thrashing

Rangers Women have kicked off their SWPL campaign with a thumping 7-0 win over Hamilton Accies at New Douglas Park this afternoon – with Jane Ross hitting a hat-trick inside the opening 28 minutes on her league debut for the Gers.

Ross was one of four changes from the SWPL Cup clash with Boroughmuir as Jenna Fife, Kirsten Reilly, Brogan Hay and Ross all returned to the side as the league season got underway and the Light Blues looking to finally put an end to Glasgow City’s dominance of the SWPL.

Summer signing Ross opened the scoring just eight minutes in with a fantastic strike from the edge of the area; Lizzie Arnot doubling Rangers’ lead in the 12th minute as Malky Thompson’s side made a flying start to the game.

Ross’ then grabbed her second 18 minutes in, tapping home a cross before sealing her treble when she out-muscled a defender then fired home low beyond the keeper.

The Light Blues continued to pile forward in search of more goals before the break with Ross, Arnot and Brogan Hay all having chances to extend Rangers’ lead but couldn’t find a way through as Hamilton tried their best to limit the damage and get to the end without conceding again.

The interval only brought one change for Rangers, Tessel Middag coming on to replace Kirsten Reilly as the 44-times capped Dutch international made her SWPL debut following her summer move from Fiorentina – and the second 45 was barely ten minutes old when Rangers made it 5-0.

Ross rounded off her afternoon by scoring the fifth – her fourth – rolling home from Arnot’s pass after Middag’s effort was charged down and fell kindly for the Rangers striker to play Ross in.

That would be her final real involvement in the game, being replaced by Zoe Ness shortly afterwards and it was a league debut to remember for the former Manchester United star.

As the clock ticked down, Rangers started going through the gears again, Emma Brownlie and Middag both having several chances at goal while teenage debutant Kirsty MacLean caught the eye.

It paid iff with a quick flurry of goals, Demi Vance heading in at the back post in her first game for eight months due to injury before Zoe Ness smashed home from Emma Brownlie’s cross to make it 7-0 and finish the game off.

There was little surprise in Rangers’ dominance against the newly-promoted Hamilton side but the manner of the result will have pleased Malky Thompson and his backroom staff.

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