Rangers cruise past Partick Thistle to retain Sky Sports Cup


Rangers remain on track for a domestic treble after beating Partick Thistle 4-1 at Tynecastle to retain the Sky Sports Cup.

In front of over 4,000 spectators at Tynecastle – a record for the Sky Sports Cup final – Rangers were heavy favourites to retain the trophy and didn’t disappoint despite a determined start by their part-time opponents.

Partick Thistle, competing in their first women’s cup final, had never beaten Rangers in 10 previous meetings and gave a good account of themselves early on in Edinburgh. They fell behind in the 13th minute when Mia McAulay fired home after racing onto a long ball but were soon level when a stunning Rachel Donaldson strike found the top corner from outside the area.

Despite impressing in the first half, the Jags fell behind again 10 minutes before the break when Rachel Rowe produced her own piece of magic, and Jo Potter’s team effectively put the result beyond doubt in first-half stoppage time when Rio Hardy – who later missed an open goal – slotted past Ava Easdon following a quick-one two with Jane Ross.

Partick Thistle needed something special to turn the final around but any hopes of an incredible comeback were ended just eight minutes into the second half when Olivia McLoughlin swept home from close range to give Rangers a 4-1 lead.

The victory marks Potter’s first piece of silverware since taking charge of Rangers in the summer of 2023 and could be the start of a potential treble, with her side leading the Scottish Women’s Premier League by one point and already in the semi-finals of the Scottish Women’s Cup.

Rangers remain on track to become just the second Scottish team to win all three domestic trophies and the first since Glasgow City achieved the feat for the fifth time at the end of the 2014-15 season.

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Mia McAuley fired Rangers ahead

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Rachel Donaldson’s stunning strike brought Partick Thistle level

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Rachel Rowe’s fine effort gave Rangers the lead again

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Rio Hardy put Rangers 3-1 ahead in first-half stoppage time

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Olivia McLoughlin added a fourth goal for Rangers eight minutes after the break

What’s next?

Rangers return to Scottish Women’s Premier League action next Sunday when they host Hibernian at Broadwood Stadium; kick-off 2pm.

Up next for Partick Thistle is a home match against Hearts on the same day at Petershill Park, with kick-off at the slightly earlier time of 12.10pm.



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