Motherwell Ladies kicked off the season with a hard-fought 2-1 win over Kilmarnock at Rugby Park.
The women of steel, under the guidance of Eddie Wolecki Black for the first time in a competitive fixture, showed their mettle by scoring the winning goal in the dying minutes of the match.
‘Well had got themselves ahead courtesy of an own goal. A delightful free kick from Emma Black was headed into her own net by the unfortunate Kilmarnock defender, under heavy pressure from Sammy Hare.
The claret and amber women had the ball in the net again soon after, only for the assistant’s flag to chalk it off for offside.
Both teams had half chances, but the first half would end with the visitors narrowly ahead at a freezing cold Rugby Park.
Former Scotland striker Suzanne Mulvey was proving a handful for the home defenders and she brought about an excellent save from keeper Morgan Hunter, turning a low strike around the left-hand post for a corner.
Northern Ireland International Kerry Montgomery went close again soon after, but was again denied by Hunter who was having an excellent afternoon in the Killie goal.
With those chances gone, the inevitable happened when Kilmarnock got themselves on level terms. Sara Paterson sending a free kick into the back of the net with just 18 minutes left to play.
And it looked as if it was going to stay that way until, with just minutes left on the clock, Hayley Cunningham’s free kick hit a body en route and ended up past Hunter and in the net, securing all three points and a win in the first game of the new Motherwell era.
Motherwell: Johnstone, Nicholson, Knox, Condie, McLaughlin, Montgomery, Hare, Cunningham, Mulvey, Black, Johnston (Russell 74)
Motherwell subs: Rhind, Dalziel, Kerr, Reside, Goodwin, Canavan