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Donaldson and Ovens win 2023/24 Goal of the Season awards

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Rachel Donaldson and Jodie Ovens have won the 2023/24 Scottish Women’s Premier League (SWPL) Goal of the Season awards, supported by Park’s Motor Group. These goals were selected by a SWPL panel of judges involved in the women’s game.

Donaldson’s wonder strike for Partick Thistle in the Sky Sports Cup Final beat 17 other goals to the SWPL award. It was the goal at Tynecastle Park that drew the Jags level four minutes after Rangers took the lead.

With just over a quarter of an hour played in the final, the midfielder received the ball from Clare Docherty around 30 yards from the goal. The midfielder shifted the ball on to her right foot and struck a sublime shot, which glided the ball with power into the top corner. Her effort gave Victoria Esson no chance and was described as an ‘absolute stunner’ by Ian Crocker on commentary.

The panel selected Donaldson’s strike with teammate Rosie Slater coming second for her goal in the Sky Sports Cup Semi-Final against Hibernian and Lia Tweedie’s half-volley for Hibs in the Edinburgh derby coming third.

Jodie Ovens wins the SWPL 2 Goal of the Season award, ahead of nine other nominations, for her curling long-range effort for Stirling University against Boroughmuir Thistle on Wednesday 13th March at Meadowbank.

The forward won the ball back for her side on the left side of the pitch before playing a one-two with Carrie McGorm. Ovens first time shot was a superb hit from the edge of the box, heading wide of the post before curling into the top right corner. It was Oven’s first of two goals that night in a match which Stirling University won 2-0 away from home.

Finishing second was Megan Cunningham’s acrobatic goal for Queen’s Park against Gartcairn and Lucie Burns’ run and finish, when Kilmarnock faced Gartcairn in the 1st Round of the Sky Sports Cup came third.

All the nominated goals for 2023/24 can be found via @SWPLOfficial on YouTube: