Match report: Three points vs. Partick Thistle

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CHELSEA Cornet’s first-half goal made the difference at Petershill Park this afternoon as Rangers collected three points against Partick Thistle.

Despite dominating the majority of possession, the Light Blues were unable to add to the score in Park’s Motor Group SWPL as Malky Thomson’s side continued their undefeated start to the campaign.

The Gers boss has named three changes to his squad since the Gers last game two weeks ago with Megan Cunningham, Janni Arnth and Megan Bell all entering the starting lineup, with Jenna Fife, Nicola Docherty and Kirsten Reilly on the bench.

It was Arnth’s debut for the Light Blues after joining the club this summer, while it was a welcome return to the squad for Megan Bell as she made her first appearance in 2021 after recovering from an injury.

The Rangers started off brilliantly and a one-two with Rachel McLauchlan and Jane Ross in the lower right saw McLauchlan deliver a dangerous ball into the box in search of Lizzie Arnot, but Partick Thistle managed to eliminate the danger to deny the Rangers a first opening match.

However, the early pressure paid off for the Light Blues who took the lead with 11 minutes on the clock. Chelsea Cornet turned well to find themselves in space outside the box and attempted a fantastic shot from a distance that curled up in the top corner to give Rangers the breakthrough.

Shortly thereafter, Rachel McLauchlan picked Jane Ross with a nice diagonal ball with the striker taking a throw-in before firing a left-footed shot through the goal but it bounced right off the target.

Despite having the majority of possession in the first half hour at Petershill Park, the Rangers couldn’t test Lauren McGregor in the Partick Thistle goal. Rachel McLauchlan saw a long shot drift away before Zoe Ness slid a shot through the goal but past the post as the Light Blues looked to double their advantage.

In the dying minutes of the first half, Lizzie Arnot brought the ball back to Megan Bell from inside the box, but her curling effort was deflected just off the target and taken out for a Rangers corner.

McGregor was called upon to act to prevent the Rangers a second before the break as Bell played a nice through pass to Lizzie Arnot but his low shot was blocked by the Partick Thistle keeper.

Malky Thomson made two changes to his team at half-time as Janni Arnth and Megan Bell were replaced by Chantelle Swaby and Kirsten Reilly.

Four minutes into the second half, Rangers thought they had the second goal as Chelsea Cornet’s shot was knocked back by McGregor but fell on Jane Ross who tapped home from a distance, but unfortunately for the Gers, the linesman had his flag for offside.

Chantelle Swaby saw a shot from inside the box knocked down by the Partick Thistle keeper as Rangers put the pressure on at the start of the second half.

In the 65th minute, the Rangers got a free kick after a foul on Kirsten Reilly at the corner of the box. Demi Vance stepped up to the set piece and put a fantastic left-footed effort into the bar that hit the bar before being picked up by McGregor.

Chances were tight in the later stages of the game as Rangers watched the game take the three points from Petershill.

RANGERS: Cunningham, Vance, Arnth (Swaby, 46), Middag, Ness (Hay, 69), Bell (Reilly, 46), McLauchlan, Ross, Arnot, Cornet, Westrup.

Subtitles: Fife, Docherty, Hay, Reilly, McCoy, Maclean, Swaby.

Partick Thistle: McGregor, Murphy, McCulloch, Falconer, Docherty, Mcbrearty, McGowan, Dalziel, Macdonald, Bulloch, Christie.

Subtitles: Magilton, Hogg, Smith, Brown.

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