Dryburgh climb from foot of Championship for the first time this season with impressive victory over Caley Thistle

Dryburgh Athletic have moved off the foot of the Scottish Women’s Championship for the first time this season with an impressive 3-1 home victory over Inverness Caledonian Thistle.

The Highlanders cancelled out Sophie Aitken’s opener early in the second half but Dryburgh captain Laura Boag put the Dundee side back in front and striker Alma Codegoni sealed the three points with a third towards the final whistle.

Speaking to club media afterwards, defender Kiah Irvine said: “I think we played really well against a tough team and defended really well too.”

Elsewhere league leaders Livingston won by the same scoreline against Hutchison Vale in Edinburgh,  with goals from captain Natasha Frew, Ashley Elizabeth and Jess Murphy. Lauren Hall had equalised before half time for the capital side, but Livingston came back strongly in the second half. Ayr United continued their good form and held onto their top-half place with a one-all draw against Rossvale in Ayr, while Renfrew took maximum points from the Renfrewshire derby against Morton with a 3-1 victory to consolidate second, SammyJo Smith grabbing a hat-trick against the local rivals and doubling her league goal tally for the season.

In League One, leaders FC Edinburgh won 3-1 against Airdrie Ladies, while a Kayleigh Traynor hat-trick secured a 3-0 victory for Westdyke away to Giffnock SC. It wasn’t enough to catch Falkirk in second however, as the Bairns demolished bottom side Gleniffer Thistle at home. Top scorer Suzanne Wyatt scored seven goals in a 19-0 victory to ensure a difficult first game for new Gleniffer boss Gregg McSwiggan.

Grampian Ladies also looked impressive to win comprehensively 9-1 in Dundee, while a hat trick for Kelly Ross secured a victory for St Mirren over BSC Glasgow, Sam McManus scoring her ninth of the season in return for the hosts.

Stenhousemuir won 2-1 against Edinburgh Caledonia, meaning there was no movement in the League One table with all top six sides winning.

In the regional Biffa SWFL, there were victories for Alloa, Harmony Row, Drumchapel United and Motherwell Development in the West League, Alloa remaining top on goal difference. Livingston Development made it three wins in three in the East with an impressive 5-0 demolition of Dunfermline Athletic, but Central Girls remain top after a 4-0 win in Musselburgh. An 11-goal thriller in the Biffa SWFL South saw brand new team Flip the Mindset beat Nithsdale Wanderers 7-4, while league leaders Queen of the South beat Ayr Utd Development 5-1.

Forfar Farmington remain top of the Biffa SWFL North after beating Dryburgh Development 4-1, while Dyce demolished East Fife Development 10-4.

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