Spartans Women’s manager Suzy Shepherd admitted not even she could have envisaged her side pulling off a 3-0 shock defeat of champions Glasgow City on Sunday.
Goals from Alana Marshall, Kirsty McLaughlin and Sarah Clelland at New Broomfield gave fourth-placed Spartans a precious SWPL 1 victory and one that Shepherd says came completely out of the blue.
“We went with a game plan but we certainly never expected that result – I don’t think anybody did to be honest,” she said. “We were well aware Glasgow City had been beaten last Wednesday in the League Cup final against Hibs so we expected them to really come at us. But it was really important we got a good start and that’s what happened.
“Scoring three goals and keeping a clean sheet is going to do wonders for our confidence. There’s never been any doubt in my mind about the quality we also have so it’s just about finding that consistency. We’ve brought in eight or nine new players this season but if we can push on now then we’ll do well.”
Meanwhile, Hibs followed up last midweek’s League Cup heroics with a 3-0 triumph over Stirling University.
Matchwinner in the final Lizzie Arnot netted her side’s third after Emma Brownlie and Sarah Ewens had given Chris Roberts’ outfit a 2-0 lead.
“Scoring last week in the final was unbelievable. I’ve never experienced anything like that but it was good to get on the scoresheet against Stirling though as that game was just as important,” Arnot said. “It was quite a shock to hear City had lost Spartans so that’s put us in a better position as well. There’s obviously still a long way to go and a lot of teams to play but we’re confident we can catch them.” Hibs welcome Stirling to Ainslie Park on Wednesday (8pm kick-off).
Elsewhere in SWPL 2, Hearts edged past Jeanfield Swifts 2-1 at Riccarton and Hutchison Vale swept aside bottom club Inverness City 6-0.