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Megan Bell enjoys dream Rangers debut

Northen Ireland International Megan Bell had a dream debut for Rangers as they defeated Hearts in the opening game of the new SWPL season.

The Gers picked up a 3-0 win at the Rangers training Centre on Sunday afternoon as Demi Vance and Bell made their debuts for the Gers and Louise McDaniel made her first start for Hearts.

On 12 minutes Bell picked up the ball on the left, before cutting inside and curling a right-footed shot beyond Charlotte Parker-Smith in the visitors goal to get of to the dream start.

Parker-Smith then made a good stop for the visitors with five minutes of the first-half remaining as she tipped behind a Vance free-kick

Aisha Maughan had a good chance to level the game at the start of the second half as she curled a free-kick just wide of the target the ball sailing wide of Jenna Fife’s left hand post.

However Bell grabbed her and Rangers second when she was played in on the right before taking a touch and slotting the ball in at the near-post.

The former Linfield Ladies youngster also had a part to play in the third as her cross was pushed away by Parker-Smithl but fell for Kirsten Reilly who drilled a powerful shot into the back of the net

I’m delighted to get on the scoresheet,” she told Rangers TV. “It’s been a long time coming. We’ve been working really hard in training and getting to grips with things.

We know that there’s a few things that need touched up on and there’s room for improvement definitely but that is going to come. I think the three points was the most important so we are really happy.

“I think first half conditions were a bit difficult with the wind but that is when we need to start keeping the ball and keeping it on the ground so that the wind can’t affect it as much and I think that’s a few things we will learn from.

“I think there’s a lot of things today that we know we need to work on and it wasn’t the perfect performance by any means but three points is the most important and a clean sheet.”

I think everyone is getting to know each other and strengths and weaknesses really well and it is starting to come together and I think on the pitch you can see that it is starting to really gel and people are starting to understand how each other play.”


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