Hibs Ladies give Buchan a thrashing

Hat-trick: Joelle Murray
Hat-trick: Joelle Murray
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Hibs Ladies’ manager Willie Kirk watched his side thrash Buchan 7-0 in the Scottish Women’s Premier League Cup but only after convincing referee Erin Cunningham the game should go ahead.

The match official was ready to postpone the quarter-final clash at Albyn Park due to high winds but, after discussion with the clubs, she agreed the game should kick-off.

In the end, goals from Joelle Murray (3), Lucy Graham, Lisa Robertson, Kirsty Smith and Lizzie Arnot saw the Hibees ease into the last four.

Boss Kirk commented: “The referee wanted to postpone the game due to the weather but we made her see sense given Buchan had paid out £600 to hire a bus and the rearranged fixture would’ve been played in midweek.

“We struggled with the weather to begin with and there were a couple of daft periods where the ball just wouldn’t stay still for set pieces. The weather was horrible but I felt it was a decent performance from the girls in the end.

“I felt in the first half, with the wind behind us, we didn’t make the most of it and instead kept playing the wrong ball; we tried to play it in behind Buchan too often and persisted even when it was evident it wasn’t working.

“We changed it at half time and in the second half we kept the ball better and made more of our opportunities.”

Meanwhile, Spartans were defeated 2-1 by Aberdeen at Heathryfold Park to end their hopes of early-season silverware.

Ainslie Park gaffer Debbi McCulloch was disappointed both with the match outcome and by the performance of her girls who fell below their usual standards.

She said: “Credit to Aberdeen because they made it difficult for us but our performance was not what we are used to seeing.

“It’s disappointing to be out of the cup, especially given it wasn’t exactly a world-class performance from Aberdeen.

“All it takes is one player not to do their job correctly and you can fall behind. The players need to take responsibility and I’ve asked them to reflect on their performance.

“There is no point in dwelling on the result; we will have to pick ourselves up for a tough match against Celtic next week.”