Spartans come storming back to destroy Hutchie

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Spartans produced a stirring second-half performance to rout city rivals Hutchison Vale 5-0 and leapfrog their opponents in the Scottish Women’s Premier League table.

The Ainslie Park side, with a strong wind at their backs after the interval, proved too strong for Hutchie with Claire Crosbie opening the scoring five minutes after the restart.

Elliss Jenkins then scored a wonder strike to double her side’s advantage before further efforts from Diana Barry and Kirsty McLaughlin secured a comfortable win for Spartans.

Managers Debbi McCulloch was naturally delighted with her team’s efforts, saying: “In the first half I felt we didn’t really test their goalkeeper and we got frustrated with the lack of chances we were creating.

“After the break the girls picked up the pace and scored five extremely well worked goals.”

Hutchie boss Ian McDonald was at a loss to explain his side’s second-half collapse, saying: “I didn’t think the scoreline was a true reflection of the game. At half time we were pleased to be level but, unfortunately, we started the second half sluggishly and from our point of view it was disappointing to lose a goal from a corner kick.

“We are giving away cheap goals and it is killing us. At this level, the top sides will punish you if you give them an opportunity and that is what happened on Sunday.”

Elsewhere, Hibs kept pace with leaders Glasgow City by thumping Buchan 7-0 thanks to goals from Caroline Weir (2), Lizzie Arnott (2), Claire Emslie, Sammy Hare and an own goal.