Hutchie Vale ladies confirm Premier League status

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HUTCHISON VALE manager Ian McDonald admits his side produced a performance to be proud of after they thrashed relegation rivals Kilwinning 7-0 at Saughton Enclosure to end their own fears of the drop from the women’s Premier League.

The victory secured Hutchie’s top-flight status for another season just weeks after they were dragged into a relegation battle because of an admin error that saw them deducted three points.

Laura Gavin and Laura Dunn both netted hat-tricks for the home side with Jennifer Malone put the icing to the cake with a seventh goal.

“That result has been a long time coming,” gushed Hutchie boss McDonald, “The girls were fantastic throughout and it was a matter of how many we were going to score on the day.

“It’s probably the first time this season that we have gotten a true 90-minute performance from the girls and I think they have finally shown everyone what they are capable of.

“We dominated the game from start to finish and it would’ve been easy for the girls to get selfish with their play once the result was beyond doubt, but they played as a team and were a joy to watch.

“It’s been a tricky few weeks but we are now safe and that was always the ultimate goal. We tried not to focus on what was at stake and it certainly helped to ignore the pressure.

“To be dragged back into the relegation battle and have to save ourselves all over again shows terrific strength of character because some teams would’ve crumbled.”

Elsewhere, Hibernian Ladies secured the runners-up slot in the Scottish Women’s Premier League despite going down 2-1 to Celtic.

Fiona Brown and Chloe Arthur gave the hoops victory in a closely-fought contest with Lizzie Arnot scoring for the Hibees.

Manager Willie Kirk had mixed emotions, commenting: “It’s disappointing not to get the result we were hoping for because we wanted to get over the line ourselves but we are happy to get there in the end.”

Meanwhile, it was a miserable afternoon for Spartans after they were thumped 9-0 by champions Glasgow City to equal a club record defeat.

Christie Murray struck a hat-trick for the champions, Jo Love grabbed a double whilst single strikes from Denise O’Sullivan, Ruesha Littlejohn, Suzanne Mulvey and Lisa Robertson completed the rout.