McCulloch left frustrated as Spartans fall flat in cup final

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Spartans manager Debbi McCulloch believes the occasion got to a number of her players as they lost 5-0 to 
Glasgow City in the Scottish Women’s Premier League Cup final last night.

The Ainslie Park girls struggled throughout against the Scottish champions in the match at Alloa’s Recreation Park and conceded the opening goal inside two minutes when Ruesha Littlejohn bundled in a corner from close range.

Littlejohn would go on complete her hat-trick, with further strikes from Suzanne Lappin and Leanne Ross completing the rout. For Spartans it was their fourth consecutive SWPL Cup final defeat and boss 
McCulloch admits her side’s poor start proved decisive.

She commented: “Sometimes the occasion is so big that players freeze and that’s what happened to us in the first ten minutes. From our point of view the first two goals were extremely poor and completely avoidable and left us with an uphill battle.

“We didn’t get close enough to City, didn’t press them, weren’t in their faces and that’s disappointing. Our players need to use this experience and learn from it because it has happened before and we need to ensure it doesn’t happen again.”