Hibs women enjoy a timely spot of lady luck

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HIBERNIAN LADIES manager Willie Kirk insists his side were due a rub of the green after they were held at home by Celtic at the weekend.

Despite enjoying the lion’s share of possession and opportunities against the Parkhead side, the Hibees fell behind to a Heather Richards effort and had to rely on a late penalty kick from Siobhan Hunter to take a point from the match.

Boss Kirk insists the decision to award his side a spot kick was harsh on Celtic but they too had suffered from such setbacks in recent weeks.

He said: “To be fair I thought the penalty decision was very soft but we had a similar decision go against us against Glasgow City. It’s a frustrating result because I thought we deserved a lot more from the game than we got. We dominated the first half and battered them in the final 20 minutes, but we were not clinical enough in front of goal and we didn’t take our chances.

“With Rangers losing at Aberdeen it means our point is one point gained rather than two lost.”

Elsewhere, Hutchison Ladies thumped Kilwinning 6-2 to maintain their good run of form as they attempt to finish the season with a flourish.

Striker Laura Gavin has been in terrific goalscoring form of late and on Sunday she grabbed a hat-trick whilst Tracy Donachie, Bryony Ross and Jamie Torrence were also on target.

Manager Ian McDonald believes Gavin has returned a better player following the mid-season break as she is making the most of ammunition she has been provided with.

He said: “I’m very happy with the performance and in the end it was a comfortable win.

“We could’ve scored more had we taken our chances but the result was key for me because I feel we are totally safe now.

“Laura has been doing exceptionally well and has hit another level since the break, but she would be the first to give credit to the girls behind her who are giving her the service.”

Elsewhere, Spartans went down to a heavy 8-1 defeat from champions-in-waiting Glasgow City at Petershill Park.

Alana Marshall netted the consolation effort from the Ainslie Park women who face the same opposition in the Scottish Cup in just two weeks.