Hearts Women started their league campaign with a 3-0 loss to Rangers on Sunday afternoon, despite a very positive performance.
From the first whistle, both teams were out on the front foot and pressing both teams defences. In the opening 10 minutes, both Higgins and Smith went close with efforts on the edge of the box and looked very bright going forward.
However, Rangers bit back a couple of minutes later with the opening goal. A long ball landed at the feet of Megan Bell who coolly slotted it past Parker-Smith in the Hearts net to the hosts 1-0 up at the Hummel Training Centre.
Moving into the second half, Rangers started the brighter and scored their second with Bell getting her brace inside the opening 15 minutes of the second half. Parker-Smith was called into action several times in the following five minutes but made several fantastic saves to keep the Jambos in the game.
However, the game was killed off in the 79th minute when Rangers got their third inside the 18 yard box. Despite this, Hearts kept pushing and were desperate for a consolation but it wasn’t to be for the visitors.
Manager Kevin Murphy stated after the game that, despite the result, the performance was positive: "It's always going to take time, it’s a brand new system the girls are learning and I’m really happy with how they’re handling it and took it to a very good team today."
Hearts welcome Boroughmuir Thistle to Oriam this Wednesday night in the Cup.
By Daniel McIver