AMY McDonald started her reign as Rangers manager with an impressive 4-0 victory over Hamilton Academical at the Superseal Stadium.
First half goals from Rachael O’Neil and Hannah Robertson gave Rangers the lead going into the break. Chelsie Watson added a third before Claire Adams rounded off the scoring in the closing minutes of the game.
It was the hosts who made the better start to the game. Joanne Paton had two goal bound effort sturned over the bar by Jordyn Elliot who kept the Rangers goal intact.
On the attacking front, Sarah Robertson came close to opening the scoring for Rangers. As the ball broke to Robertson she was presented with a chance on the edge of the box, unfortunately she could not connect with the right contact and her effort was dragged wide.
As the half went on Rangers began to settle and were looking more and more comfortable in possession. Eventually, Rangers took their chance when they were on top.
Adams delivered a driven corner onto the edge of the six yard box. Through a mass of bodies, O’Neil managed to get her head to the ball and fire it goal wards. Her powerful header rattled off the inside of the post and found the net in the opposite side of the goal. A fantastic finish from the centre half as Rangers started the scoring.
The goal had certainly boosted the confidence levels throughout the team as Rangers started to take control of the game. Jenna Clark came close to adding a second and it took both the cross bar and Elaine Fleming in the Hamilton goal to deny Watson’s rocket free kick.
On the stroke of half time, Rangers double their lead. H.Robertson managed to shrug off the defenders best efforts to pull her to the ground to go through on goal. She composed herself and lobbed the ball over the ‘keepers head and into the net. A superb goal and a fitting end to the half for Rangers.
The second half started and the home side looked determined to get back into the game. However, they rarely troubled Elliot in the Rangers goal.
Tensions threatened to boil over at points as Accies clearly started to become frustrated with their lack of fortune in the match. Rangers managed to maintain their discipline as they went in search of more goals.
It was another corner that led to the third goal. Rangers threatened from the first two in a trilogy of corners but it was third time lucky when Watson headed home. Another powerful header clipping off the inside of the post before it hit the back of the net. With the third goal the points looked to be in the bag.
Hannah Cunningham came on for Rachel Ross to make her debut. She got straight into the thick of things diving into the tackle to break up play and got a knee in the face for her troubles. After a little bit of treatment she was right back into the action and had a very solid first outing.
As the game entered the 90th minute of the game there was time for Rangers to add one more goal. H.Robertson worked well on the wing to switch play to Haley Sinclair. A perfectly timed lay off by Sinclair set up Adams who chipped the ball over Fleming and into the net from the edge of the box. A great move and a superb finish from Adams.
The win saw Rangers move up to fifth in the table before next week’s big clash against table topping Glasgow City. The Blue Belles will be hoping for a repeat of their pre-season victory when the two face off at 2pm on Sunday at New Tinto Park.