Motherwell were narrowly beaten 2-1 by Rangers on Sunday in a game where they were unlucky not to get any points.
Goals from Kirsten Reilly and Lizzie Arnott for Rangers secured all three points for the visitors, while Katie Rice scored a screamer to get ‘Well back in the game.
Motherwell were looking for a similar performance to the one against Rangers last month, where they were narrowly beaten 0-1 but Rangers started on the front foot on this occasion.
After four minutes, Amy Anderson lost the ball in the middle of the park and Reilly nicked in to claim possession before rifling a low stinging effort into the bottom corner past Ciara Duff.
Rangers had most of the possession in the first half as they looked to add to their advantage.
A resilient Motherwell backline managed to keep the Rangers attackers quiet for large portions of the first half. Reilly was looking for her brace and on 39 minutes, unleashed an effort from 25 yards out which came crashing off the crossbar.
Just a minute later, on 40 minutes, Sam Kerr was looking to get on the scoresheet when she got on the end of Brogan Hay’s cross but her header was comfortably saved by Duff.
Rangers however did get their second of the match. Demi Vance burst down the left hand side before drilling a low cross which found Arnott in space, she took a touch and placed an effort into the top corner.
2-0 Rangers at the break.
Motherwell had plenty to work to do to get back into the game and came out and put a sensational second half performance in.
After a flurry of set pieces for the side, Motherwell were awarded a free kick 35 yards out. Rice stepped up and fired a remarkable left foot strike towards goal which landed in the top corner to half the deficit. 1-2 Rangers.
Motherwell limited Rangers to many chances in the second half, with Kerr coming closest on 69 minutes with a shot from the edge of the box which was saved by Duff.
Controversy would strike the match on 71 minutes when Kaela McDonald-Nguah got on the end of a long ball. The ball bounced in the Rangers penalty area as keeper Jenna Fife came off her line and misjudged the bounce. She held onto McDonald-Nguah to prevent the striker from an easy finish but the referee seen nothing wrong and no penalty was awarded.
Motherwell continued to push and came close once again on 82 minutes. A Rice delivery from a corner caused all sorts of problems from Rangers and Chelsie Watson directed an effort towards goal which was deflected and struck the crossbar.
Despite continued pressure from the home side, Rangers hung on to take the win and continue their unbeaten run.