First ever woman’s game played at Ibrox – victory for Rangers over Aberdeen

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By Mark Dingwall

It was a glorious day in the sunshine as the Rangers Women played their first ever fixture at Ibrox, running out 2-0 winners against Aberdeen.

It was a strong start from the Rangers team, who made their intentions clear early on by dominating possession and having a couple of half chances.

The dominance finally paid off in the 29th minute as Sam Kerr slotted home from a Demi Vance cross.

The lead was doubled 10 minutes later after the Aberdeen keeper parried a soft shot to the feet of Kayla McCoy who made no mistake from a couple of yards out.

Rangers started the 2nd half as they ended the 1st when Nicola Docherty fired a rocket past the keeper from outside the box just 40 seconds after the restart in an emotional moment for the Rangers supporting defender.

The Light Blues continued to dominate and got a fourth as Lizzie Arnolt tapped in after an excellent solo run from Kayla McCoy, who was replaced by Kirsty Howat shortly after.

Rangers were determined to make this day one to remember and were constantly looking a threat with the Aberdeen side looking tired and weary due to the impressive play of the home side.

Kerr nearly got a brace after Brogan Hay drilled the ball across goal only for her shot to go agonisingly wide as the Aberdeen team held out to not concede for the rest of the game.

Rangers are now only two wins away from securing the League Title with three games to play.

Manager Malky Thomson has reiterated that despite the lead at the top of the table, the team is only thinking of the next game.

“Motherwell’s on my mind, we’ll enjoy the result today and the Player of the Year awards tonight and on Monday morning we’ll get right into Motherwell.”

Goalscorer Nicola Docherty was delighted to play at Ibrox and echoed the manager’s thoughts.

“It was an unbelievable feeling to walk out at Ibrox, to get on the scoresheet was the icing on the cake but it was all about the team performance and getting over the line. We’ve put ourselves in a great position but at Rangers it’s all about one game at a time and that’s what we’ve been doing the whole season.”

Rangers play Motherwell away in their next fixture knowing that a win will put them in touching distance of the title before hosting Glasgow City back at Ibrox on the 8th of May.

Rangers: Fife, Docherty, Swaby, Westrup, Vance, Middag, Reilly, Kerr, Arnot, Hay, McCoy

Player of the Match: Demi Vance

Attendance: 4,412

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