Hibernian Ladies’ midfielder Lizzie Arnot turned 18 at the weekend and celebrated in style by grabbing a hat-trick as her side thrashed Hutchison Vale 12-0 in the SWPL Cup.
Lucy Graham (3), Caroline Heron, Elliss Jenkins, Kirsty Smith, Siobhan Hunter, Katey Turner and Clare Williamson were also on target but it was the contribution of Arnot that had manager Willie Kirk gushing.
He said: “Lizzie has been fantastic throughout pre-season and has carried that form into the new campaign.
“Against Hutchie she was unplayable and is going to be a huge player for us this season because she has the technique to deliver any ball into the strikers that they require. It was pleasing to see the goals shared around so many players because that will cause our opponents concern if we are scoring from all over the park.”
Whilst naturally disappointed by the outcome, Hutchie boss Andy Elwood believes there were positives for his side to take from the match.
He said: “It’s a sore one and when you lose so many goals in a game – no matter how well you’ve played – it’s not a nice feeling.
“On paper it’s an embarrassing result but I don’t feel we were as bad as the scoreline suggests. We should’ve defended better but we will work on that and I don’t think we will see another scoreline like this again this season.”
Meanwhile, Lana Clelland returned to haunt her former side as her 56th-minute penalty kick sealed a 1-0 victory for Spartans over Rangers at Petershill Park, Glasgow.
Spartans Manager Debbi McCulloch insists her side have once again forced their critics to eat their words. “We had seven players missing and a few people may have thought we would get a doing, but we have once again proven them wrong.
“Rangers will argue it was a debatable penalty, but I’ve seen it again on video and for me it was the right decision.
“I felt we dealt with the Rangers threat very well and made their play predictable.
“Sometimes a break in the fixtures doesn’t work for you as you want to keep the momentum going, but with two weeks until we next play, we will be hoping to get one or two of the injured players back.”