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Champions Glasgow City got the new Scottish Women's Premier League season off to a successful start with a 7-0 victory over Stirling University.
Pre-season signing Savannah Jordan scored her second hat-trick in her second competitive game for City and she got the scoring underway after five minutes, heading home a Leanne Ross cross after full back Nicola Docherty had been fouled near the touchline. Noelle Murray made it two just after the half hour mark and shortly into the second half, Ross added the third with a good finish into the back of the net from just inside the box. Jordan got her second of the game with a finish into the bottom corner, before completing her hat-trick on 72 minutes by finishing a terrific team goal which saw excellent play from Murray and Brogan Hay in setting up Jordan. Defender Keeva Keenan joined in the scoring with a half volley from a City corner and Kodie Hay fired an excellent effort past Logan with seven minutes remaining to complete the high scoring win for City.
Hibernian also opened up by picking up three points from a 4-2 victory away to Rangers. Abigail Harrison, Lucy Graham and Emma Brownlie ensured that Hibs were three up at half time and Graham added a second after the break, before Clare Gemmell and Hannah Robertson pulled back late goals for the home side.
Celtic came away from newly promoted Hamilton Academical with a 2-1 win under their belts. Courtney Whyte gave the Hoops a first half lead and Heather Richards netted the second, with Lori Gardiner scoring a consolation for the Accies.
Aberdeen staged a second half fightback to earn themselves a 2-2 draw against Spartans. Colette Cavanagh and Carla Boyce ensured that Spartans led by two goals at the interval but in the second half, Hannah Stewart successfully netted two penalties to give the Dons a share of the spoils.
Forfar Farmington took the honours in the opening day of the SWPL 2 season by running out 4-1 winners over newcomers East Fife. Kirsty Deans got them off to a flying start with Laura Parsley adding a second after half time and after Melissa McAllister had pulled one back for East Fife, further strikes from Robyn Smith and Cheryl Kilcoyne wrapped up the win for Forfar.
It was not a great day for the newly promoted teams as Motherwell were also beaten, 3-0 at home by Jeanfield Swifts. Danni McGinley opened the scoring for Jeanfield with two minutes on the clock and the striker went on to complete her double in the second half, with Eilidh McIntyre also getting on the scoresheet.
Hearts opened up the campaign with a 3-1 victory over Buchan Ladies. Brogan Anderson, Holly Aitchison and Ashley Carse were their markswomen, with Leanne Reid replying for Buchan.
A goal in each half gave Glasgow Girls a 2-1 success away to Edinburgh University Hutchison Vale. Maxine Fury fired Glasgow ahead just before half time and Kirsty McDonald made it two with a 30-yard strike. Anna Hume gave EUHV late hope as she pulled one back deep into injury time but Glasgow were able to see the game out for the points.
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