Hibs ladies dig for victory

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Hibernian Ladies had to dig deep to defeat Aberdeen, much to the delight of manager Willie Kirk.

Lizzie Arnot (2) and Kirsty Smith were on target for the Hibees in a 3-2 victory.

Kirk commented: “We were down to the bare bones and had a couple of girls playing through knocks when normally they wouldn’t have been risked.

“Aberdeen have enjoyed a lot of good results on the back of late goals, so it was a backs-to-the-wall display in the closing moments.

“The girls had to work hard and dig deep for the win and it is pleasing to see that side of their game.”

Spartans boss Debbi McCulloch was delighted with her side’s performance despite being held 1-1 at home by Celtic.

The Ainslie Park girls fell behind early on to a Chloe Craig goal but eventually found parity through a 30-yard rocket from Lana Clelland after the break.

“We deserved at least a point if not more,” said McCulloch. “But it was important we avoided defeat. We lost Steph Briggs to a hamstring injury in the warm-up which meant we had to move Alana Marshall into defence and bring on Ashley Nicolson. But the girls adapted to the change and the conditions brilliantly.”

Hutchison Vale went down 4-2 at home to Forfar Farmington and boss Ian McDonald believes his side didn’t adapt to challenging weather conditions. He said: “It wasn’t a great result and the weather meant it wasn’t a great game for spectators either. Forfar adapted to the conditions better than we did and they deserved their win because they kept the ball well and created chances whilst we played the ball back to front too often which played into their hands.”