Women's Sports: Hearts Women secure promotion to SWPL in front of home crowd

Hearts Women

Hearts Women beat Partick Thistle 3-0 on the final day of the SWPL 2 to clinch the league title and secure promotion to the top division in Scottish women’s football.

A brace from Danni McGinley topped off with a goal from Rachel Walkingshaw sealed the victory and meant Hearts were able to prevent Hamilton Academical from taking the top spot. 

Head coach, Andy Enwood said that the pressure on his team was “huge” especially playing in front of a 1,045 strong home crowd in Gorgie.

"I am relieved that we've finally got over the line," said Enwood.

"We've been building this for three years. Last night there were so many things going through my mind - the permutations of what could have happened today. I'm a bit drained, I'm a bit tired, but I'm absolutely delighted for the girls that they've done it."

"I keep saying it to everyone who asks, three years ago we had to start over with a new team. Since then we've kept a group of players and we've stuck together. There's been some highs and lows but we've worked together to improve and look what we've now achieved. It's fantastic to be here today in front of all these fans at Tynecastle." 

Captain Danni Pagliarulo spoke of her elation after the match: "It's an unreal feeling. I've actually been dreaming about this day for the whole season, it's unreal.

"There were nerves before the game because we knew we needed at least a point to get the job done. Playing at Tynecastle also added to the occasion but I’m so proud of the girls today.

"I've been here for three years and have experienced so many highs and lows, but this season the girls have grown so much and today has just highlighted that." 

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