RANGERS Ladies finished 3-0 winners over a Hibs side that started the weekend at the top of the league.

Goals by Erin Cuthbert, Lisa Swanson and Hayley Cunningham saw the home side leap frog the Edinburgh visitors to briefly take the top spot.

Glasgow City pushed the Gers back to second later in the afternoon to set up nicely the battle between the city’s two teams later in the month.

An early chance from in-form striker Suzanne Mulvey almost broke the deadlock in the fifth minute, but her strike found the cross bar and not the net.

The Light Blues did take the lead after 26 minutes when a square pass from Mulvey on the left wing to Cuthbert allowed the Ayrshire youngster to take a touch and fire a rasping left foot strike into the top right corner.

The second goal of the game proved to be slightly controversial as the referee blew for Rangers’ free-kick to be taken as the ball was leaving Cunningham’s foot.

Swanson got the better of two defenders and scored with a fantastic glancing header. Some Hibs players had been confused by the whistle and stopped playing but the referee pointed to the centre circle and the goal stood.

The visitors felt aggrieved by the decision and this prompted some of their best play of the match in the remaining few minutes of the half.

It was Rangers however who ensured that three points would be collected with the third and final goal of the match, another well worked effort from the home side.

Some fantastic one touch football from the midfield three of Cuthbert, Natalie Ross and Megan Sneddon culminated with a super curling strike by Cunningham which evaded the keeper low at the far post.

A fantastic team performance leaves Rangers unbeaten in league action and Head Coach Michelle Barr pleased with her side’s display.

She said: “We are absolutely delighted with the result however the team performance was even more pleasing. From start to finish we played with great desire, intensity and composure.

“We knew going into the game that it would be competitive as Hibs have made an excellent start to the season however I thought we competed fantastically. We dominated for long periods of the game and were clinical in the final third.

“Special mention must go to Stephanie Knox who made her first appearance today after a long spell out due to an cruciate ligament injury. All staff and players are delighted to have her back.”

Rangers Ladies continue their SWPL campaign against Queen’s Park on Sunday 4th May.


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