Women’s football: Barry sparks Hutchie fightback

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Trialist Diana Barry stepped off the bench to help spark a dramatic comeback as Hutchison Vale drew 3-3 with Queen’s Park in the Scottish Women’s Premier League.

Hutchie trailed 3-1 with just 15 minutes remaining, but fought back to grab a share of the spoils and now manager Andy Enwood hopes to capture former Scotland internationalist Barry on a permanent deal.

He said: “We introduced Di at half-time and she made a difference. We would love to add her to our squad permanently.

“She’s had some time out from the game after leaving Spartans and even though she hasn’t trained for a while, she still looked quality.

“Hopefully she likes what she has seen and wants to be part of what we are trying to achieve here because we would love her to sign.”

Elsewhere, Hibernian Ladies slipped to their first defeat of the season as goals by Erin Cuthbert, Lisa Swanson and Hayley Cunningham gave Rangers a 3-0 win.

Hibs manager Willie Kirk said: “The first 30 minutes were really poor from us. It was a terrible performance and the players didn’t look like they believed we could get back into it.

“Lucy Graham and Lizzie Arnot looked fatigued after yet another trip away with Scotland; they’re big players for us but looked shattered and had no spark about them.”

Spartans thrashed Forfar Farmington 16-0 with goals by Sarah Ewens (6), Kerry Montgomery (4), Danni Pagliarulo (3), Ciara Barnes, Alana Marshall and Steph Briggs.

Delighted boss Debbi McCulloch said: “We’ve struggled for goals so far this season, so to score so many – from a variety of players – will give the girls confidence.”