Spartans boss McCulloch reckons women can lift cup

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Spartans manager Debbi McCulloch insists her side can go on and win the Women’s Scottish Cup after coming from behind to thump Aberdeen 4-1 in their semi-final.

Trailing to an early Rachel Small effort, the Ainslie Park girls hit back through goals from Sarah Ewens (2), Lana Clelland and Claire Crosbie to set up a final showdown with Glasgow City.

“I felt that we controlled the majority of the game, but we didn’t start well and took our time to get going,” McCulloch said.

“I think nerves got the better of the girls early on because the first 30 minutes were far from our best.

“Losing the early goal was frustrating because we talked before the game about watching the run from midfield yet still allowed it to happen.

“Slowly we took control of the game and after the break we really went up the gears.

“It will be a tough ask to beat City, but we have the belief that we can do something very special this season.

“Everyone will ask whether after beating City once (in the league) can we do it again? The answer is simple. Yes, we can.

“It’s a one-off contest. All the pressure will be on the City players so we can relax and give it our best shot.”

Elsewhere, Hibs Ladies’ ambitions of a sixth Scottish Cup success were ended by a 4-0 defeat from holders Glasgow City.

Despite a brave performance from the Easter Road girls they were picked off by clinical City who scored through Suzanne Lappin (2), Morgan Marlborough and Susan Fairlie.

Hibs boss Chris Roberts commented: “I thought in the first half we were fantastic and matched Glasgow City. We were positive and created chances, but they scored two fortunate goals.

“Losing the early goal was a blow, but the girls didn’t let their heads drop, and if anything they played better.

“We lost the third goal after allowing our play to become impatient and forced. That was the killer goal, whilst the fourth came right at the death when the game was done and dusted.

“I’ve very disappointed for the girls because they were fantastic and didn’t deserve to lose 4-0.

“The midfield in particular were fantastic and can be proud of their performance. They were great.”

“Despite the result there were many positives to take from the game as we look to build a squad capable of challenging for the title.”