CLAIRE ADAMS secured Rangers first league win of the season with a stunning strike in the 94th minute of the game. The result moves Rangers to fifth in the SWPL table.
It was tight throughout but Rangers looked the most likely to score. After passing up a barrel load of chances in the second half, Adams collected the ball from Lisa Swanson and curled the ball high into the net to send the Blue Belles into ecstasy.
The early chances fell to Rangers as Hannah Robertson came close with a curling effort that went a few inches past the post.
Robertson was involved again as she cut a ball back for Swanson in the six-yard box. Swanson couldn’t generate enough power in her shot, as she stretched to reach the ball, and her effort was gathered comfortably by Emily Mutch in the Aberdeen goal.
Aberdeen’s best chances came when trying to hit Rangers on the break. From a Rangers corner, Aberdeen broke fast and Jordyn Elliot had to produce a fantastic save to deny Hannah Stewart the opener.
Some clever play by Hannah Robertson created a chance for herself in the box. Her shot looked destined to settle in the corner of the net but went millimetres past the post. A common theme for Hannah Robertson when on another day she would have had two or three easily.
Aberdeen missed a golden chance to break the deadlock just before half-time. Elliot cut out a cross but only as far as Stewart. With the goal at her mercy, she put too much into her shot and it went sailing over the bar.
The second half followed a similar pattern as the first with Rangers on top but still with a feeling of nervousness as the game remained level. A fantastic punt by Elliot caught out the Aberdeen defence and put Sarah Robertson through on goal. It was the ‘keeper Mutch who won the one to one battle as she produced a fine save to deny Sarah Robertson the opening goal.
Hannah Robertson looked determined to get her goal as she drove powerfully into the box past the Aberdeen defence. Her shot was once again agonisingly wide as she let out a scream of exasperation. A fine performance but a frustrating day on goal.
As the game entered the last 10 minutes Chelsie Watson tried her luck with a free kick from about 25 yards out. With the ‘keeper well beat, Watson’s free-kick just cleared the bar and no more. Amy Muir then tried to beat Mutch with a free-kick but saw her shot held.
With time ticking away it looked for a second that Muir had opened the scoring direct from a corner. However, the ball had actually gone over the bar and settled in the netting behind the goal rather than between the posts.
It looked like it was just going to be one of those days again for Rangers, then up stepped Adams. The central midfielder had worked tirelessly all game and when the ball broke to her on the edge of the box she had only one thing in mind.
With the ‘keeper off her line, Adams smartly curled the ball over her head and into the roof of the net. It was a goal that delivered Rangers a well deserved three points.
A first win of the season and a first clean sheet. A satisfying performance for the players and coaching staff as they now look ahead to their next match against Hamilton Academical at New Douglas Park on May 7th.
Reported by David Marshall
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