Motherwell picked up their first win of the SWPL1 season with a convincing 3-0 victory at Hearts on Sunday.
Goals from Lori Gardner, Katie Rice and Chelsie Watson secured the three points on the road for Eddie Wolecki Black’ side in Edinburgh.
An unchanged squad took to the pitch at the Oriam, where both teams were looking to get their first points on the board.
Motherwell were the team who started the brighter, with Claire Adams and Georgie Crooks finding themselves with most of the ball.
The better start turned into a lead when Kacey Watson won the ball on the left. A pass to captain Katie Rice saw her thread a perfectly timed and weighted ball through to the onrushing Gardner, who calmly slotted past the goalkeeper.
Motherwell then continued to have the better of the play but with no real end product, with final passes and crosses only finding the Hearts ‘keeper.
Hearts started to find themselves getting back into the game with some aggressive and direct balls. However, Ailey Tebbett was a match for everything they came up with.
Then, 10 minutes before half-time, Rice intercepted a cross pass from the Hearts goalkeeper and slotted into an empty goal.
The second half saw a change of shape from Hearts and a more of an even game, with both teams cancelling each other out with few chances for either.
A momentary lack of concentration saw Tebbett having to deal with a one-on-one situation, spreading herself big to save the effort and pounce on the rebound to keep the score as it was.
After that, Motherwell began to get a hold of the game. And with the game entering the final quarter, a free-kick was awarded after a handball on the edge of the box.
Centre half Watson stepped up and expertly lifted the ball over the wall and into the top corner give the Hearts keeper no chance to stop it.
The visitors held on to keep a clean sheet and most importantly all three points, their first of the season.
Spartans lie in wait next Sunday at the Penny Cars Stadium in Airdrie.
Motherwell: Tebbett, Connor (Reside), C Watson, Crooks (Roberts), Adams, Rice, Baillie, Sinclair (Swanson), Gardner, Callaghan (Skelton), K Watson.
Subs not used: Pollard, Ramsay.