Hearts Women

Hearts Women 1 - Kilmarnock 1

5th August 2019

Hearts slipped to second place in the SWPL 2 after their 1-1 draw with Kilmarnock at the Oriam.

On the opening day of the second-half of the season summer signings Robyn Smith, Danni McGinley and Louise Mason all make their Hearts' debuts.

The game itself started at a frantic pace, with Jambos' keeper Emily Mutch having to look alert to deny a Killie counter.

It didn't take long for the visitors to finally make their chances count. They pressed forward and the ball pin-balled around the box before eventually falling to Colette Fleming who fired in from close-range.

Stewart Hall's side pushed for a second and again Hearts relied on Mutch, this time keeping Dana Baird at bay.

That saved paid off, as on the stroke of half-time the Jambos levelled.

A ball down the right was fantastically controlled by summer signing Robyn Smith who danced past the defender and crossed to the back-post. Lauren Hall rose highest and nodded across the keeper and into the net, ensuring Hearts would go into the break level.

Into the second-half and the battle continued, with Kilmarnock keeper Lauren McGregor looking sharp to deny a few Hearts' chances.

Kilmarnock had a player sent off ten minutes from the end but the Jambos could not capitalise and ultimately it finished in a draw.

The result means that Hearts drop down to second after Hamilton Accies picked up all three points against Dundee United, in a 2-0 win.

Now, Hearts and Hamilton are level on 24 points, but the Accies have a better goal difference by four goals. 

Hearts take on Glasgow Girls next on August 18th, and their crunch match against Hamilton will take place on September 8th.

Hearts: Mutch, Delworth, Hunter, Paterson, Kidd, J. Smith, Walkingshaw, Mason, R. Smith, McGinley, Hall.
Subs: Carse, Malcolm, Maughan, Horn, Evans

Aisha Maughan battles for the ball

Kara Kidd fights for possession

Megan Paterson leading by example

(All images courtesy of Malcom Mackenzie)