Women’s football: Late heartache for Hutchie Vale

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It was a mixed bag of results for Edinburgh’s clubs at the weekend in the women’s Scottish Cup third round.

A late goal from Rebecca Dempster was enough to settle the game as Hutchison Vale were knocked out by Aberdeen at Saughton Enclosure.

Despite the loss, manager Ian McDonald believes it’s a mark of how far the club have come in recent seasons that they are disappointed with a loss against a top-six side.

He commented: “We will take confidence that we have proven we can compete at the top level and have given Aberdeen a closer game than some top six sides.”

Meanwhile, Hibernian Ladies hit Falkirk Reserves for six as Rachel Walkingshaw (2), Joelle Murray, Kirsty Smith, Kayleigh McConnell and Lizzie Arnot all found the back of the net.

Boss Willie Kirk commented: “It was a horrible game because we were expected to win handsomely, but the main thing is that we are in the draw for the next round.

Elsewhere, Spartans overcame plucky Cowdenbeath 7-1 in Burntisland, with goals from Kirsty McLaughlin (2), Alana Marshall (2), Diana Barry (2) and Elliss Jenkins.

“We are delighted to be in the quarter-final,” admitted manager Debbi McCulloch. “We tried to stay disciplined, and we dominated the second half.”

Spartans Reserves cup run is over despite taking an early lead in their tie with Rangers – the Ibrox side hit back to win 13-1.