Hibs Ladies boss hails team after 3-3 thriller

Kirsty Smith was on target for Hibs. Pic: Michael Gillen
Kirsty Smith was on target for Hibs. Pic: Michael Gillen
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HIBS LADIES boss Chris Roberts admitted he was slightly disappointed to only take a point from his side’s thrilling 3-3 draw with champions Glasgow City.

Heather Richards, Lizzie Arnot and Kirsty Smith were all on target for the unbeaten Hibees in a pulsating Women’s Premier League encounter at K Park, East Kilbride.

“If I was a neutral, I would certainly have enjoyed the game as it was a terrific advert for women’s football.” said Roberts.

“Before the match I would’ve taken a point but, to be leading at the break makes it disappointing that we have only one point to show for our efforts.

“I think on reflection, though, a point was fair because we were very good in the first half and moved the ball well but in the second we didn’t keep it nearly long enough and lost our momentum. The girls though dug deep, never gave up and deserved to take something from this game because they put so much into it.

“We believe that we are good enough to compete at the top of the table and. although our average age on Sunday was only around 19, we played with big hearts and a lot of experience.

“The girls showed terrific character to come back twice against a Glasgow City side that rarely let leads slip or drop points.”

Elsewhere, Spartans were held to a scoreless draw at home to Aberdeen but manager Debbi McCulloch admitted she couldn’t have asked for any more from her players.

She said: “Of course, we are disappointed not to get the three points, but I cannot fault the girls’ performance because they were fantastic from start to finish.

“We created so many opportunities, missed a penalty [Sarah Ewens], we had some great play in the wide areas and the Aberdeen goalkeeper made some great saves.

“We were just missing that little bit of luck needed because a goal was the only this missing.”

Meanwhile, Gillian Perry and Rachel Walkingshaw were on target as Hutchison Vale defeated Inverness City 2-1. Hearts Ladies are still looking for their first win after drawing 1-1 at home to Hamilton.