Hearts boss proud as girls show steel

Emma Brownlie, right, with Hibs Ladies manager Chris Roberts, scored the winner against former club Celtic
Emma Brownlie, right, with Hibs Ladies manager Chris Roberts, scored the winner against former club Celtic
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Kevin Milne insists he was proud of his players despite Hearts Women falling to a 1-0 defeat away to Aberdeen on the opening weekend of the new Scottish Women’s Premier League campaign.

Hannah Stewart scrambled in the winning goal just before the hour mark to give the Dons full points. However, Milne saw enough from his side to know they have enough fight and spirit to survive this term.

Newly-promoted Hearts lost 8-0 to Celtic recently in the SWPL Cup, however they learnt their lessons and produced a rock solid performance in the Granite City.

“I was really proud of the girls,” said boss Milne. “We were obviously tender from the Celtic defeat and I was unsure how it would go, but we adjusted a lot better against Aberdeen and to get that response so quickly was very pleasing.

“Aberdeen are a top-six side and rightly so because they have good players and are comfortable in possession, but we had good periods of play ourselves and created a few chances.

“After the Celtic game a lot of teams probably wrote us off but I knew the ability in our side and the character of the girls in our dressing-room.”

Elsewhere, former Celtic player Emma Brownlie scored the only goal of the game as Hibs defeated the Hoops in the battle of the greens.

Manager Chris Roberts said: “It was a tricky first fixture so I’m pleased to get full points and get it out of the way. We created lots of chances in the game but due to poor finishing and good defending, we were unfortunate not to score more.”

Meanwhile, Sarah Ewens (2), Michelle Russell, Louise Mason and Tricia McLaughlin were all on target for Spartans as the routed Forfar Farmington 5-0 at Ainslie Park.

Glasgow City also recorded a 5-0 victory at the weekend as the champions proved too strong for Hutchison Vale.