Hearts Ladies leave Rangers shell-shocked

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HEARTS LADIES manager Grant Scott lavished praise on his side following their victory over Rangers at the weekend and insisted the Jambos are only going to get stronger.

Shelley Faughnan scored the only goal of the game as Hearts shocked last term’s SWPL runners-up Rangers at Kings Park in Dalkeith.

Whilst it’s only three points at the end of the day, the victory nevertheless gives the Tynecastle outfit’s survival chances a significant shot in the arm ahead of this weekend’s crunch derby against Hutchison Vale.

“We were perhaps like rabbits in the headlights earlier this season as we couldn’t comprehend the intensity and pace of football at the top level,” said Scott.

“There’s been signs that we’re getting stronger week-on-week and I see this result as a reward for the hard work that has gone on recently.

“We scored early and that gave us belief and something to hold onto. The girls were terrific and delivered a disciplined, match-mature performance and I thought we deserved the win.”

Elsewhere, Nicolle Pullar and Jenny Godfrey scored the goals as Stirling University defeated injury-ravaged Hutchison Vale 2-0.

A bad day at the office for Hutchie was made worse when midfielder Louise Moultray was given a controversial red card after the match and Hutchie boss Andy Enwood is considering appealing the decision.

He said: “We intend to look into whether we can appeal but at this time we’re unsure if we can in this instance. It was a silly thing to do. However, what was said was said in frustration and not directed at anyone.

“We’ve been looking forward to this month and this run of games for a while as it was a real chance to get points on the board.

“So it’s really disappointing that we are not even close to being at full-strength and it’s having a big impact on options, particularly in attack.

“In all my years coaching, I have never experienced anything like the run of injuries that we’re having.”

Meanwhile, Hibs Ladies bounced back from their midweek SWPL Cup final disappointments with a 3-0 victory over rivals Spartans.

Heather Richards. Lizzie Arnot and an own goal from Katie Reilly ensured the Hibees remain undefeated and joint-top of the SWPL.

Hibs boss Chris Roberts said: “It was great to see that resilience after a mentally and physically draining 120 minutes in midweek.

“The girls were a class above; they dug deep, performed well and showed the sort of form needed to win championships.”