Five-star Spartans end barren run

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Spartans women’s footballers ended their barren run of form with a five-star performance against Aberdeen and collected their first three points since mid-August.

Goals from Di Barry (2), Lana Clelland (2) and Sarah Ewens – her 50th for the club – earned the Ainslie Park team a comfortable 5-0 victory.

“That was our best performance for a while and we controlled the game,” said head coach Debbi McCulloch.

“We played some exciting football with the full backs bombing forward at every opportunity. We scored some fantastic goals and I am really pleased with every player’s 
performance.”

Elsewhere, Hibs Ladies were left to rue a missed opportunity when they slipped to an unexpected home defeat against Forfar Farmington.

Abbi Grant’s first-half goal was all that separated the sides on an afternoon when the team in green could have made it mathematically impossible for their opponents to overtake them in the SWPL.

Boss Willie Kirk commented: “Forfar were far hungrier and more determined to win the match than we were. We lost a sloppy goal from a corner kick and we should’ve defended it a lot better than we did.

“We threw everything at them in the second half but there is no better team at defending a lead than Forfar.”

Meanwhile, Hutchison Vale were also left to ponder what may have been after throwing away a two-goal half-time lead to draw 3-3 with Hamilton 
Academical.

The home side enjoyed a comfortable 3-1 lead at the interval thanks to first-half goals from Kate Sheppard, Jen Malone and Laura Gavin, however a fight back after the break from the Accies ensured the spoils would be shared.

Hutchie Manager Ian MacDonald said: “It was certainly a game of two halves and if I’m being honest it was probably a good game for the neutrals to watch. We were excellent in the first half and had a good chance to make it 4-1 which would’ve probably killed it.

“But we knew Hamilton would come back into the game and it was disappointing not to hold on for the three points.

“Before the game we probably would’ve taken a draw, however the positives to take are that we extended our unbeaten run and are still within touching distance of finishing seventh.”