Hibs Ladies’ boss baffled after 4-0 defeat

Willie Kirk, right, and Hibs' Ladies striker Ellen Pia pictured last year. Photo: Dan Phillips
Willie Kirk, right, and Hibs' Ladies striker Ellen Pia pictured last year. Photo: Dan Phillips
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HIBERNIAN LADIES boss Willie Kirk was left perplexed by his team’s performance as they crashed to a 4-0 home defeat against Glasgow City.

The Hibees went into the clash with high hopes of stopping City clinch the Premier League title yet never managed to secure a foothold in a game dominated by the visitors.

Scotland star Christie Murray returned from injury to play her first match in almost a year and she earned two first-half penalty kicks that were converted by Leanne Ross.

After the break, Jo Love reacted quickest to slot away the loose ball after Shannon Lynn had saved from Jess Fishlock before Ross completed her hat-trick with a terrific free-kick late on from just outside of the box.

Hibs boss Kirk was unable to ascertain why his side had surrendered so meekly, saying: “It’s very disappointing and probably our poorest performance against City this season.

“Our preparations weren’t ideal and some of the youngsters looked jaded after three games in a week away with Scotland, however, that doesn’t explain the lack of fight or determination. They appeared to forget everything we worked on before the game and in the first twenty minutes it was if no-one wanted the ball. It just wasn’t like us at all.

“The penalties we lost were unfortunate because they were challenges that we didn’t need to make but we have no complaints and the referee got them spot-on.”

Elsewhere, Spartans left it late before edging Rangers in a five-goal thriller to consolidate their position in the league table. Victory keeps Spartans third and extends their advantage over Rangers to five points.

The Ainslie Park side twice led through goals from Lana Clelland and Sarah Ewens only to be pegged back, however, in the final moments Clelland popped up with a stunning winner to sicken her former club.

Spartans Manager Debbi McCulloch commented: “I felt we dominated the first half and limited Rangers to very few opportunities but, after the break, we invited them onto us too much and they took advantage of that.

“Every time I’ve asked the girls to step up they have and the three points are vital to keep us ahead of the pack.”

Meanwhile, Hutchison Vale threw away a two-goal lead as basement outfit Falkirk came back to snatch a 3-2 victory at Recreation Park, Alloa.