Rangers women have recorded a resounding 5-0 win over Glasgow City to draw level on points with city at the top of the table and send a huge message over the Gers’ title credentials.
The Light Blues went into the game trailing the giants of the women’s game in Scotland by three points but Malky Thompson’s side raced into a 3-0 half-time lead thanks to goals Megan Bell, Kirsty Howat and Zoe Ness. [Rangers].
It took almost 20 minutes for the deadlock to be broken through Bell when she got on the end of a pass from Rachel McLauchlan, taking a touch around the City defender, then curling an effort home before Howat fired Nicola Docherty cross beyond Scotland star Lee Alexander to make it 2-0 after 33 minutes – Ness adding a third in the final minute of the first half.
Seven minutes after the restart, it was 4-0 as Arnot continued her recent fine form and made it five goals in three games as she converted Brogan Hay’s cross and put the result beyond any doubt and keep the momentum in Rangers’ favour.
As the game started to look as though both sides were happy to get to the final whistle, Rangers made it 5-0 thanks to Carly Girasoli and some pretty woeful defending by Glasgow City at a set-piece.
The win could well be the first big sign of a changing of the guard in the Women’s game in Scotland and reaffirms the Gers’ title credentials in what could be a historic campaign.
With City having won the title every year since 2007/08, Rangers could finally be about to break their stranglehold and add a new name to the list of winners of SWPL1.
It’s not just the women who were in action today; here’s our match report from the men’s 2-1 win at Tannadice earlier.