Hibs Ladies get back on winning trail

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Siobhan Hunter scored the only goal as Hibernian Ladies defeated Celtic at Albyn Park, Broxburn to leapfrog the Hoops in the Scottish Women’s Premier League table.

Hunter’s goal ensured there would be no hangover for the Hibees after their shock 3-0 defeat by Rangers last weekend knocked them off top spot.

Manager Willie Kirk said: “There was pressure on the girls after last week’s result, but their reaction was brilliant and it was a very mature performance. It’s a big three points for us and over the 90 minutes we were worthy winners.

“Our defence was outstanding. We’ve worked hard on set-pieces in training and the girls’ hard work has been rewarded.”

Meanwhile, Diana Barry scored late on for Hutchison Vale to secure a point against Hamilton Academical in Carluke.

Hutchie boss Andy Enwood commented: “You need luck when playing away from home and I think, given the effort we put in, we deserved it.

“To go away to a team like Hamilton, who’ve been making big efforts to get into top six in recent years, and come away with a point is very pleasing.

“Di is proving to be an asset and is growing in confidence all the time. She played again as a trialist but we are confident of her joining us permanently.”

Elsewhere, Louise Mason, Katie Reilly, Sarah Ewens, Kerry Montgomery and Natasha McMahon all netted as Spartans defeated Buchan 5-2.

Manager Debbi McCulloch said: “Buchan we’re a physical team and tried to disrupt our play, but we performed well.”