Motherwell rounded off their best season yet in the SWPL1 with a dramatic late 3-2 victory over Aberdeen. Motherwell finished the season in seventh with 27 points with Aberdeen in front in fifth with 29 points making their first season back in the top-flight a major success.
Captain Gill Inglis opened the score line for the women of steel a mere 12 minutes into the game, but the lead didn’t last long as Francesca Ogilvie scored a fantastic equaliser for the dons at the stroke of half time.
With only ten minutes remaining in the game and in the league as a whole Ogilvie scored her second of the game. The Aberdeen striker cut through the left side of Motherwell’s defence with comfort before hurling the ball into the corner of the net.
As hopes of a top six finish were draining from the supporters the women of steel came fighting back as Katie Rice’s free kick perfectly met Jemma Hughes and the striker’s shot soared above the goalkeeper to bring Motherwell level with only a handful of minutes remaining.
At the stroke of 90 minutes Kaela McDonald-Nguah penetrated a magnificent shot from distance into the top-right corner to keep all three points at Alliance Park. The three points meant that Motherwell finished bottom six due to results from around the grounds impacting their ability to climb the table.
The match also signified Carrie Doig and Kelly Forrest’s last match for Aberdeen as their captain and beloved centre-back were applauded off the pitch.
Upon the match ending Kaela McDonald-Nguah was awarded her trophy for being Motherwell’s top goal scorer, Amy Anderson received the title of both Player of the Year and the Player’s Player of the Year and Lori Gardner was given the Special Merit award for her efforts this season.
Motherwell manager Paul Brownlie had this to say at full time: