We’re delighted to welcome Rhiannon Hughes from the Rhiannon’s Rangers Rundown podcast, as our exclusive Rangers Women’s expert. Each week she’ll be giving her views on the biggest talking points at Auchenhowie.
Rangers bounced back from a bitterly disappointing Old Firm defeat to smash Forfar Farmington 11-0 on Sunday and get their SWPL title challenge back on track.
After a 1-0 loss at Celtic on Wednesday, the Blue Belles must have been desperate to make amends and that showed as they powered past their lowly opponents to rack up their biggest win of the season.
Sam Kerr netted a hat-trick while Lizzier Arnot, Brogan Hay and Zoe Ness all helped themselves to a double. Second-half substitutes Sonia O’Neill and Clare Gemmell also got in on the act with a goal apiece.
Our resident Rangers Women expert Rhiannon was enthused by the reaction of Malky Thomson’s side, but says there’s a lot to do to row back support after the Old Firm defeat.
“It was a really good response but it definitely doesn’t make up for the Celtic defeat, especially as it was a carbon copy of the game in November,” she told Ibrox News.
“But I’m really impressed with the response, this is the calibre of team I know that we are.
“I was really pleased to see Zoe Ness back as she is someone I feel we build our forward play up from.
“I thought Chelsea Cornet played well in her first start back from injury, but who really stuck out to me is a coin toss between Brogan Hay and Sam Kerr with five goals between them.
“Hay was running the Forfar defence ragged while Kerr was excellent at tracking back, and the second goal from her was pure quality.”
In the thick of it
Hay also helped herself to an assist and was a constant menace throughout.
The victory wasn’t enough to draw them back level with league leaders Glasgow City, however, after they dispatched Hearts 4-0 on Sunday.
Their only dropped points of the season remains the 5-0 loss suffered at the hands of Rangers back in December so Hay and co will know that a win will be imperative in their crucial clash on May 9.
Before that, though, the Blue Belles have a trip to Motherwell this Sunday to contend with.
With just two wins in 12 outings so far this campaign, it should be another comfortable one for the visitors, and Thomson will be hoping for a similar performance to the one produced versus Forfar.
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