Hibs Ladies’ boss sees a goal spree on the horizon

Kirsty Smith has been in goalscoring from for Hibs
Kirsty Smith has been in goalscoring from for Hibs
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Hibernian Ladies manager Chris Roberts believes his side will soon enjoy a goal-spree if they continue to create as many opportunities as they currently are.

The Hibees took the spoils after defeating Hearts 2-0 in the first-ever encounter with their city rivals thanks to goals from Lia Tweedie and Kirsty Smith.

However, they were guilty of passing up a number of gilt-edged opportunities that would have made the afternoon more comfortable.

Roberts commented: “We created a lot of clear-cut chances during the first half and really should have been out of sight by half-time.

“Hearts had one really good chance when the score was only 1-0 that, had it gone in, may have made it really difficult for us but as soon as the second went in it was game over.

“We need to be more clinical and convert more of the opportunities we are creating; it will come, and when it does finally click, we will score a lot of goals.

“The scoreline unfortunately doesn’t reflect our dominance, however I’m very pleased with the girls’ performance.”

Hearts head coach, Grant Scott, praised his team’s display, saying: “We had a game plan, stuck with it and competed with Hibs for long spells.

“It’s an experience – another step in our learning process –for our girls to compete against the likes of Hibs and Glasgow City and in terms of our performance there were many positives to take from it.”

Elsewhere, Spartans ruthlessly put city rivals Hutchison Vale to the sword by romping to a 10-0 victory at Saughton Enclosure. Louise Mason (2), Sarah Ewens (2), Alana Marshall (2), Ciara Barnes, Michelle Russell, Kirsty McLaughlin and Ronaigh Douglas were all on target for the clinical Ainslie Park side.

“I thought we were excellent,” commented Spartans Manager Debbi McCulloch, “We controlled the game, dominated it, kept the ball well and scored some fantastic goals.

“We’ve spent a lot of time on the training ground working on our attacking play and it was very pleasing to see that hard work pay off.”

“There is no hiding after a performance like that and we will need to look at ourselves very closely,” commented Hutchie boss Andy Enwood.

“We didn’t put nearly enough pressure on the ball to stop them and to lose six goals from outside of the penalty area is very poor. We need to fix it, quickly, and everyone needs to step up and take responsibility.”