[media-credit name=”© Phil McCloy | Scotzine” align=”alignleft” width=”300″][/media-credit]Falkirk started the game brightly and pressed Rangers within the opening five minutes as the home side found it difficult to get out of their own half.
However it was Rangers who took the lead through their first chance of the game. Steph Knox fed the ball through to Jennifer Callaghan whose initial shot was saved, but she slipped the rebound past the Falkirk keeper to break the deadlock.
Alana Marshall and Kirsty McLaughlin both teamed up to set up Callaghan for her second of the game. Rangers continued to press forward with Callaghan being pivotal in their attacks and it was nearly a moment of fortune which could have seen Rangers take a 3-0 lead when the influential Callaghan cross into the box only for Falkirk’s Susanna MacLellan almost turning the ball into her own net, but the Falkirk keeper saved the potential own goal.
Falkirk tried to get back into the game as they pushed back Rangers and they pulled a goal back as Sinead MacLeod lobbed the ball over Khym Ramsey into the goal.
[media-credit name=”© Phil McCloy” align=”alignleft” width=”300″][/media-credit]Despite losing a goal, Rangers continued to press forward and Alana Marshall sent in a ball from the left only to see it clear, but Callaghan latched onto the loose ball and fired home Rangers third of the game and completed her hat trick.
A long ball was pounced on by Kathryn Hill who broke towards goal, however the referee awarded Rangers a penalty when Hill was blocked in the box. Marshall stepped up to covert the penalty and give Rangers a 4-1 lead.
It wasn’t long before they further extended their lead when Steph Knox broke forward from the half way line to shoot past Ashley Watson.
Kirsty McLaughlin grabbed Rangers’ sixth goal of the game before she made way for Cheryl Gallagher. Louise Thomson came on for Hill but it was a fleeting moment after he was on the wrong end of a heavy tackle. Thomson was carried off injured, with the prognosis unknown currently.
On 75 minutes, Rangers made it seven and the score was rounded off through Gallagher to make it 8-1.
Rangers XI: Khym Ramsay, Megan Foley, Amie McGill, Jill Patterson, Ashley Nicholson, Kathryn Hill, Leanne Hughes, Kirsty McLaughlin, Steph Knox, Jennifer Callaghan, Alana Marshall.
Substitutes: Cheryl Gallagher, Tammi Kerr, Lisa Swanson, Jennifer Condie, Louise Thomson, Suzanne McTaggart, Lucy Clark.
Referee: Jennifer Carberry
Written by Mary Anne Orr