Women’s football: Hibs boss backs players after loss

Hibs Ladies head coach Chris Roberts couldn't fault his team's display against Aberdeen

Hibs Ladies head coach Chris Roberts couldn't fault his team's display against Aberdeen

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HIBS LADIES manager Chris Roberts refused to criticise his team after their shock 3-0 defeat by Aberdeen handed the advantage to Glasgow City in the Scottish Women’s Premier League title race.

Donna Paterson (2) and Rebecca Dempster were on target for the Dons as Hibs slipped three points behind City with just four games remaining.

“I cannot fault the girls because our performance, particularly in the first half, was as good a display as we could’ve had without scoring,” said Roberts. “The ball just wouldn’t go in and, on another day, we could’ve been out of sight long before we conceded. Naturally, the loss is very disappointing but we must now pick ourselves up and go again.”

Trish McLaughlin and Amber Robertson picked the perfect moment to score their first goals for Hearts Ladies as the Jambos defeated Inverness City 2-0 at King’s Park. The Tynecastle side remain four points adrift of safety with manager Grant Scott admitting: “It wasn’t our prettiest performance because we’ve played a lot, lot better this term and lost. But, given our predicament, it is all about getting the points. With Stirling and Forfar winning elsewhere it was vitally important we picked up full points so as not to fall further behind them.”

Hutchison Vale must begin to prepare for life outside of the top flight as Sunday’s 5-0 defeat by Forfar Farmington confirmed their relegation.

Elsewhere, Spartans brought a run of four successive defeats to an end with a 2-0 win over Rangers at Ainslie Park.

A goal either side of half-time from Alana Marshall and Sarah Ewens gave the hosts all three points. Manager Debbi McCulloch revealed: “I said to the girls ‘we’ve got five games left, so let’s see where it takes us’. We won’t be setting targets for where we want to finish and, because of that, there is not too much pressure on the girls so they’re playing with a bit of freedom.”