Hearts Women lost out to Motherwell in Sunday’s match at Alliance Park.
A poor performance from the Jambos saw them fall to the bottom of SWPL1 after second-half strikes from Leanne Crichton and Kaela McDonald-Nguah.
After Addie Handley volleyed over the bar early on, the home side had the majority of the pressure and the Jambos had Charlotte Parker-Smith to thank for some exceptional saves, first from Gail Inglis’ long-range effort, and then from Crichton’s edge of the box strike.
Hearts did come close to snatching something on the stroke of half-time when Maria McAneny’s excellent cross was knocked goalwards by Amelie Birse, but keeper Khym Ramsay parried it away.
McAneny came close herself after the interval when some fine play on the left got her some space, and her top corner-bound effort was well saved by Ramsay.
Motherwell took the lead on the hour mark, when Crichton fell to the ground after Mariel Kaney attempted to clear the ball following a high cross that Parker-Smith had done brilliantly to stop crossing the line. Crichton stepped up and put her shot into the top corner.
The hosts added a second late on, when McDonald-Nguah used her power and jumped into Parker-Smith following a Crichton corner, and bundled the ball home to seal the three points.
Hearts: Parker-Smith; Delworth, Hunter, Browning, Cowan; Kaney (Tweedie 82), Handley (Anderson 61); Forsyth, Smith, McAneny; Birse. Subs not used: Tebbett, McKay, Aitchison, Davies, Begg.