Ladies football: Hearts boss laments first-half show

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HEARTS LADIES manager Grant Scott has warned his players they will require a much-improved performance against Spartans this weekend if they are to realise their top-six dream.

Amy Harrison and Danielle Diey were both on target for the Jambos as they lost out by the odd goal in five to Forfar Farmington in the Scottish Cup.

The defeat at Station Park brought the Jambos crashing back to earth with a bump following a string of terrific recent results.

Scott said: “The first half performance was very poor, probably the worst since I have taken over. Losing is always disappointing but the manner of the defeat is what hurts most.

“Forfar were deserving of victory and we can only hope that this acts as a kick up the rear for our girls because we’re not the finished article and there’s still a lot of hard work ahead of us.”

Elsewhere, there was also cup disappointment for Hutchison Vale following their 4-0 defeat by Motherwell.

Manager Andy Enwood said: “We’re in a rut at the moment. With injuries, players playing despite not being fully fit, and others playing out of position, it’s been an incredibly difficult time and it’s so frustrating knowing that we could’ve done better.”

Meanwhile, Lia Tweedie (5), Chelsea Cornet and Lucy Graham grabbed the goals as Hibs Ladies thrashed Glasgow City Development 7-0.

“The scoreline makes it sound as though the game was easy but it wasn’t.” commented assistant coach Claire Ditchburn. “City stuck to their game plan and had one or two players that caused us a problem, but we worked hard and I’m pleased with the girls’ performance.”

Jo Love and Claire Shine were both on target for Glasgow City as the cup holders defeated Spartans 2-0 at Ainslie Park.