Spartans Ladies lament ‘poor refereeing’

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Spartans manager Debbi McCulloch insists poor officiating cost her side as they slipped to a narrow 1-0 away defeat by Celtic.

Abigail Harrison’s late goal came against the run of play for the Hoops in a match that Spartans dominated for long spells without making the most of their dominance.

A controversial decision not to award the visitors a penalty when Kerry Montgomery appeared to have her heels clipped when setting herself for a shot was McCulloch’s only gripe.

She said: “I thought it was a clear penalty and once again poor refereeing has cost us dearly. We are all disappointed not to get three points. However, I was pleased with the girls’ performance.”

Meanwhile, Hibernian Ladies won 4-0 in their derby clash with Hutchison Vale at Albyn Park thanks to strikes by Lucy Graham (2), Susan Fairlie and Rachel Walkingshaw.

Hibs boss Willie Kirk was pleased with what he saw as a mature performance by the early-season league leaders.

He said: “It was a good performance because Hutchie were very well organised, disciplined and difficult to break down. They started well and put us under a little bit of pressure early on, although our goalkeeper [Hannah Reid] didn’t have much to do. Eventually we gained control and out patience paid off.”

Opposite number Andy Enwood was happy with his side’s display despite not picking up any points. He said: “It’s been a tough start to the season but we’ve been competitive with a number of top teams.

“We didn’t offer too much in an attacking sense but that was my decision and the girls carried out my instructions.”