Hibees and Spartans into semi-finals of League Cup

Abigail Harrison scored twice for Hibs
Abigail Harrison scored twice for Hibs
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Capital rivals Hibs Ladies and Spartans Women remain on course in the SWPL League Cup having comfortably come through their respective quarter-final ties at Ainslie Park on Sunday.

Hibs, the current holders, thrashed top-flight rivals Rangers 5-0 – striker Abi Harrison netting a brace with Amy Gallacher, Lucy Graham and Katey turner also on target for Chris Roberts’ side.

And, midfielder Cailin Michie has been encouraged by the club’s undefeated start to the new season.

“I think we’re going to be more clinical as the season progresses,” the teenager said. “We want to bring these types of performances into the league as well.

“It’s good to get these wins under our belts so that’s going to help us going forward.

“We played Rangers a couple of weeks ago in the league [Hibs won 4-2] so it’s really good we managed to keep a clean sheet this time as we let our defending slip a couple of times the last time we played against them.”

Menawhile, despite trailing to a first-half Dion McMahon own goal in their last-eight clash against Aberdeen, Spartans rallied in the second half to overcome the Dons 4-1.

Zoe Johnstone got the ball rolling with a close-range finish and captain Alana Marshall turned the game on its head to give the hosts the lead. Marshall increased Spartans’ lead from the penalty spot before Simone McMahon made sure with her side’s fourth of the afternoon.

Elsewhere, city rivals and SWPL 2 outfit Hearts succumbed to a 4-1 defeat by Celtic at East Kilbride’s K-Park.

The home side were in control 2-0 at the interval, adding a further two in the second half, one from former Hibs striker Sarah Ewens, before a Lauren Hall strike gave the Jambos a late consolation.