#SBSSWPL2: Title party marked with Hearts draw


Motherwell were unable to mark being presented with the SWPL 2 title with a victory, after being held to a 1-1 draw against Hearts.

Report: Motherwell FC / Image: Craig Murray

Kerry Montgomery opened the scoring after 10 minutes, before former ‘Well played Pamela Liddell levelled early in the second half.

It was the first time this season Donald Jennow’s side have dropped points at home this season and the first time they have failed to win after opening the scoring.

The hosts started brightly, and Suzanne Mulvey came close in the first minute before Sammy Hare headed just over the bar five minutes later.

‘Well were rewarded for their early attacking threat when Montgomery swept the ball home from close range after Mulvey had struck the post.

Kendall Welsh in the Motherwell goal was forced into a brilliant stop on 20 minutes to deny Liddell a leveller, but it was the home team who continued to enjoy the better of the chances.

Sammy Hare rattled the post and then the bar within the space of a frantic few minutes. Normally so clinical in front of goal, the striker was clearly frustrated she had failed to find the net when particularly on the first occasion it almost looked easier to score than miss.

Hayley Cunningham and Lauryn Reside both passed up chances before Hare again was unable to convert a good scoring opportunity, firing high over the bar on the stroke of half time.

The driving wind in the second half made playing any sort of football difficult and Motherwell struggled to maintain their attacking threat of the first 45.

The equaliser arrived on 55 minutes when Liddell latched on to a through ball and finished with great composure.

Following the Hearts goal the game was thrown wide open as a contest, but chances were at a premium.

Hayley Cunningham’s low drive drifted just past the post and, at the other end, Liddell couldn’t find the target after bursting through the ‘Well defence.

The last big chance of the match came when Mulvey managed to breach the Hearts backline. But her final touch was heavy, allowing Jambos keeper to bravely intercept and ensure the score remained level.

It wasn’t the result that the women of steel hoped for, but it didn’t hamper their post-match celebrations in which they finally got their hands on the title.

Motherwell return to action in two weeks, when they face Spartans at Forthbank with a place in the final of the SSE Scottish Women’s Cup up for grabs.