RANGERS made it two wins from two in the SWPL after seeing off Hamilton Academical with a dominating performance at New Douglas Park.
Two goals from Clare Gemmell and one a piece from Sarah Robertson and Brogan Hay gave Rangers the three points. It was also a second clean sheet in a row as Jade Baillie and the Rangers’ defence stopped the homeside from having any significant attacking play.
It was left to captain Gemmell to open the scoring. Holly Napier had a shot blocked with a defender’s hand on the edge of the box. Gemmell stepped up and calmly curled the ball into the top left hand corner to give Rangers the lead on the 18th minute.
Hamilton were restricted in their chances and were looking to hit Rangers on the break. It almost paid off as Jade Gallon had to rush back to block a goal bound effort away for only a corner. The resulting corner was headed towards Baillie’s goal but the Rangers’ ‘keeper held on to end the danger.
Rangers passed up on a few chances to extend their lead before the break. A deep free kick by Gemmell was only inches away from being put in by Lauren Gallon who arrived just too late. Lisa Swanson picked out Robertson with a pinpoint through ball, Robertson was left alone with the ‘keeper but could only find the side netting.
The second half started in much the same fashion as the first with Rangers on top and Hamilton looking to hit on the break. It almost paid off for the hosts and Baillie had to be alert as she bravely dived at the oncoming Accie’s striker’s feet to collect a dangerous ball across the six yard box.
Rangers made the points safe just after the hour mark. Robertson collected the ball on the wing and drove into the box. A clever cut back allowed her to send a curling shot from the 18 yard line, over the ‘keepers head and into the back of the net to double Rangers’ lead.
Gemmell added her second nine minutes from time. A cross from Jade Gallon found Gemmell standing all alone at the back post. The Rangers’ captain took a touch before firing the ball into the net to round off a great performance.
With only two minutes remaining Hay completed the scoring. A perfectly timed ball from Hayley Sinclair played in Hay. She took a touch inside and then supplied the finish low and into the corner. Another 4-0 win to follow up the same scoreline against Stirling University last weekend.
The light blues will now have a two week break before they return to action. Amy McDonald’s side will return to New Tinto Park on Sunday 6th May where they will take on promoted side Forfar Farmington.