Hibernian Ladies maintained their winning start to the new Scottish Women’s Premier League season with a 1-0 win over Aberdeen.
Caroline Heron’s 15th minute header proved decisive as Hibs remained ahead of Glasgow City at the top of the table.
And boss Willie Kirk believes the performance shows the progression of his side.
He said: “It was a mature, battling performance and one that I wouldn’t have expected this time last year, but it just shows how much the girls have developed. We knew it would be tough against the strongest Aberdeen side I have seen, however everything about our performance was pleasing.
“The pitch made it difficult for both sides and although it was only 1-0, I always felt we were comfortable and controlled areas of the park.”
Elsewhere, Hutchison Vale picked up their first victory of the season with a 2-1 win over Buchan at Saughton Enclosure.
Becky Galbraith and Laura Gavin got the goals for Andy Enwood’s side and he was relieved to see them end their pointless run. He said: “After a tough start I am delighted to see the girls’ efforts rewarded.”
Meanwhile, Sarah Ewens celebrated her 100th appearance for Spartans with a goal, but she was unable to prevent her side from slipping to a 3-1 reverse against title favourites Glasgow City.
Manager Debbi McCulloch said: “For the first 25 minutes we didn’t play well but for the rest of the game it was the best we have played against Glasgow City. At half time I asked my players for a positive reaction and I got it.”