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The Rangers Ladies visited champions Glasgow City and gave them a good run for their money, only to lose out by the odd goal.


Match report on Rangers homepage


This one is from The Away End ... (there are some rather imbalanced other articles on that site too, which are better ignored) ... and as opposed to our's somewhat imbalanced too.




SWPL: Glasgow City open defence of title with win over improved Rangers


Written by Mark McDougall.

GLASGOW City started their season with a hard fought 3-2 victory over Rangers, but were left fizzing by the referee.


Goals from Sarah Crilly, Jo Love and Eilish McSorley were enough for the home side, but both Rangers goals through Hollie Thomson and Megan Foley sparked protests.


City were also denied what they thought were two penalties, but referee Jennifer Carberry waved both appeals away.


Head coach Eddie Wolecki Black admitted his side were disappointed at some of the decisions, but preferred to focus on the positives from the game.


He said: “I think Rangers are a lot stronger than they have been over the last few years and we expected that but we just need to concentrate on ourselves.


“We can’t really comment on the officials but decisions like that are sometimes given and sometimes they are not and we feel slightly aggrieved at their second goal but we need to learn from it."


He also praised debutant Sarah Crilly, who scored on her debut despite limited time with the squad due to playing for Scotland in the Cyprus Cup.


He said: “I think Sarah will get a lot of confidence from the goal because it was a really good strike and we’re happy with that as it gave us a good start in the game, and I think she’ll have a good season”


City started the better side and had an early chance when Jo Love raced through after a terrific through ball from captain Leanne Ross and Love fired passed the impressive Khym Ramsay in the Rangers goal but it also sneaked past the post.


Another chance fell City’s way when again Jo Love raced past the Rangers defence to cut it back for Suzanne Malone but her effort flew over the bar.


It wasn’t long before City did have the lead and that came through new signing Sarah Crilly on the 17th minute of the game. A cross ball was headed into the path of Crilly who volleyed the ball past a helpless Ramsay to get her first competitive goal for Glasgow City.


City didn’t have to wait long to get their second as just four minutes later good work from Suzanne Malone down the left allowed her to deliver the ball to Crilly who’s shot was saved by Ramsay, but she could only parry the ball into the path of Jo Love who slotted it home.


Malone had a good opportunity to add to the lead and end the game as a contest but her shot was well saved by Ramsay.


It proved to be vital as Rangers were then awarded a free kick for a foul on Kathryn Hill. The ball was delivered into the box by Jill Patterson and Hollie Thomson rose highest to head past Lee Alexander in the City goal to make it 2-1 at the break.


Both teams started the second half brightly and there were chances for both sides but neither could add to the score-line until the 51st minute.


Glasgow City were awarded a corner kick that the Rangers players were clearly aggrieved about believing the ball didn’t cross the line, and they failed to defend it as Eilish McSorley rose highest to head into the back of the net.


Rangers then had a chance from a corner but Hollie Thomson’s header failed to hit the target while City had the first of two strong appeals for a penalty turned down when it Malone appeared to have been tripped in the box.


Shortly afterwards the City players were unhappy with the referee again when Megan Foley halved the deficit. Foley blocked a clearance before racing through and lifting the ball over Alexander with a delightful finish but the City defence protested believing she used her hands to block the ball.


A second penalty appeal from City came late in the game when a corner was delivered into the box and the Glasgow City players believed that there was a shove in the box on Suzanne Lappin but the officials gave nothing.


There was a late chance for Malone as her header smashed off the bar, but City held on.


Rangers new coach Angie Hind defended the referee, and also saw enough from her own side to suggest a good season for the light blues.


She said: “Referees have a tough job and they have to make the decision on the spot and there’s nothing we can do about that. I’m sure she made it believing it was the right decision.


“I’m delighted with how we performed and I think we were a wee bit nervous at the start which is understandable, and City took advantage of that.


"Once we got into the game we made it competitive and played some nice football and were maybe unlucky not to come away with something out of the game.


“We’ve made a number of good signings this year and those players have came in and gelled with the players who were already here who are also quality if just more inexperienced, but as a whole squad we’re delighted with the direction we’re moving in.”


Player of the Match: Jo Love.


Glasgow City: Lee Alexander; Leanne Ross; Eilish McSorley( Danni Pagliarulo); Nicky Docherty; Lisa Robertson; Jo Love; Leanne Crichton; Sarah Crilly; Suzanne Lappin; Ruesha Littlejohn(Melrose); Suzanne Malone.


Subs not used: Cheryl Gallagher; Ciara Barnes; Laura Williamson.


Rangers Ladies: Khym Ramsay; Lesley Condie; Michelle Barr; Jill Paterson; Karen Penglase; Kathryn Hill; Megan Sneddon; Hollie Thomson; Natalie Ross; Hayley Cunningham; Natalie Ross; Lisa Swanson (Megan Foley).

Subs not used: Leanne Hughes; Sophie Riley; Amie McGill; Jennifery Condie; Rachel Halliday; Rebecca Blair.


Report by The Away End

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Ladies & Girls updates ... Report on the Rangers website ( <- click)


South West / West Performance League u13s


Match Day 1 - 09 Mar 13


Glasgow City u13s 6 vs Rangers u13s 9


Match Day 2 - 16 Mar 13 (Nethercraigs)


Rangers u13s 16 vs Kilmarnock 2 (NB: SWFL gives the scores as 11-2)


Scorers: McNichol (5), Campbell (4), McWhirter (3), Ponton (3), Anderson.



U15s Friendly


02 March


Rangers 15s 11 vs Hearts 15s 0


West 15s Performance League


Match Day 1 - 09 Mar 13


Kilwinning 15s 2 vs Rangers 15s 8


Scorers: Farquar(2), Brown(2), McNicholl, Gilchrist and Pollock.


Match Day 2 - Mar 16 (Nethercraigs)


Rangers u15s 2 vs Glasgow City 2


Scorers: Claire Adams and Hannah Robertson.


U15 School Girls International


Scotland 3 vs England 1


A goal each by Rangers duo Erin Cuthbert and Chantelle Brown, pictured below with Rachel Ross




West/Central/South West 17's League


Match Day 2 - Mar 17 (Petershill)

Rangers 17s 6 vs Glasgow City 17s 0


Scorers: Howat (3), McClean, Mason, Traynor


NB: Match Day 1 away to Kilmarnock was postponed.

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Icy conditions, change of sport ...


WWCC 2013: Scotland win gold


Riga, Latvia - March 24, 2013


Scotland beat Sweden by 6-5 in an exciting gold medal final on Sunday afternoon at the Titlis Glacier Mountain World Women's Curling Championship to take the world crown.


Sweden started with last stone advantage and used it to blank the first end before successfully taking two points in the second end when their fourth player Maria Prytz had a nose-hit.


The Scots opened their account in the third end when their skip, Eve Muirhead, tapped up one of her own stones just inside the Swedish stone that had been lying shot. The Scots then made a break-through in the fourth end when Prytz’s last stone touched a guard to leave two Scottish stones intact in the house for a steal of two points and a 4-3 lead.


The teams then traded singles all the way through the rest of the game. In the fifth end, Prytz had to draw to the four foot ring to score one point and in the sixth end Muirhead was forced to draw for one point.


Sweden were denied a score of two points in the seventh end by the umpire's measure and, in the eighth end, when she was trying to draw in to score two points, Muirhead's last stone touched a guard and she had to settle for just one point again.


In the ninth end, Scotland once again prevented Sweden from building anything and again Prytz had to settle for a draw for a single point. In the tenthend, Muirhead was able to pick out the Swedish stone that lay counting leaving her own near it to count for the one point that handed her the title with a 6-5 win.


This result means that Eve Muirhead and her squad - third Anna Sloan, second Vicki Adams, lead Claire Hamilton, supported by alternate Lauren Gray and coach David Hay - become only the second Scottish female team to be crowned world champions, following the 2002 success by Jackie Lockhart's team.


Afterwards, a delighted Muirhead said: "It's still not sunk in. The girls played great out there today. To come out on the top is an unbelievable feeling, especially for myself, getting that silver medal in 2010 and silver at the Europeans this year. To top our season off by becoming world champions just feels great."


About the game itself, Muirhead said: "We knew it was going to be a close game and we knew it could well come down to last end, last stone. We were ready for that. We played a great last end there, Anna played that great double-rip that locked it up for us and left me a pretty simple shot."


Margaretha Sigfridsson, who skips and plays lead stones for Sweden, along with fourth player Maria Prytz, third Christina Bertrup, second Maria Wennerström and supported by alternate Agnes Knochenhauer, picked up the silver medals.


Afterwards, the Swedish skip was completely gracious in defeat. She said: "Of course it's sad. We've had a really good week but unfortunately we weren't sharp enough today. We played a very good game but Eve was a little bit better than us today. Eve had a really good week too."


During the closing ceremony, Germany's lead Corinna Scholz was declared the winner of the Frances Brodie Award for the player, voted for by all competitors, who best exemplified the spirit of curling throughout the Championship.


With this event now complete, eight of the ten nations that will be able to send women’s team to take part in next year's Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia have been decided. Russia will be there as hosts and other qualification was based on points gathered in the 2012 and 2013 World Women’s Curling Championships.


With that process complete, the seven countries who have qualified are:

Sweden (12 points in 2012; 12 points in 2013: total 24)

Switzerland (14*plus*8: 22)

Scotland (whose points are allocated to Great Britain for Olympic purposes) (7 14: 21) Canada (10 10: 20)

USA (8 9: 17)

Denmark (5 5: 10)

Korea (9 0: 9)


The nations that are now eligible to take part in the new World Curling Federation Olympic Qualification event in December are: Germany, Japan, China, Italy, Latvia, Czech Republic and Norway.


The new WCF Olympic Qualifying Event will be staged between 11-15 December 2013, at a location yet to be announced. Two nations will qualify from the event in both men’s and women’s disciplines to complete the Olympic fields of 10 teams. National Olympic Committees are required to endorse team entry for this event by the end of May 2013. On confirmation of the number of competing teams, the competition format will be made public by the WCF at the start of June 2013.


For more information about Olympic Qualification, visit: http://www.worldcurling.org/olympic-qualification


Titlis Glacier Mountain World Women’s Curling Championship 2013 Final Standings:


scoflag.gif 1. Scotland (Gold) scoflag.gif


2. Sweden (Silver)

3. Canada (Bronze)

4. USA

5. Switzerland

6. Russia

7. Japan

8. Denmark

9. China

10. Italy

11. Germany

12. Latvia



Highlights here

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Upcoming games over Easter ...


West/Central/South West 17's League


31 Mar 13 - MATCH DAY 1 (re-arranged game) - Scott Ellis Playing Fields, 13:00


Kilmarnock vs Rangers u17s


Scottish Women Premier League


31 Mar 13 - MATCH DAY 3 - Maud Junior FC Pitch, 14:00


Buchan vs Rangers Ladies


NB: The game of Match Day 2 vs Hibernian was postponed twice.

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