Spartans and Hibs both reach semi-finals

Kirsty Smith notched two goals for Hibs
Kirsty Smith notched two goals for Hibs
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Lana Clelland returned from six months on the sidelines to help fire Spartans into the Scottish Cup semi-finals after putting her injury nightmare behind her.

The former Rangers forward scored the fourth goal in a 5-0 victory over Inverness City. Manager Debbi McCulloch said: “Lana is a massive player for us and having her back is a great boost at a great time for the team.

“She has had a difficult couple of seasons with injuries but has worked hard, not rushed her return and it was great to give her 25 minutes against Inverness.”

Elsewhere, Hibs thrashed Falkirk Ladies 6-1 to secure their place in the last four thanks to goals from Kirsty Smith (two), Chelsea Cornet, Katey Turner, Lucy Graham and Lizzie Arnot.

Despite the scoreline, Hibs boss Chris Roberts was impressed by opponents Falkirk and expects them to do well on their Scottish Women’s Premier League return next term.

He said: “I thought they were excellent, they were quick on the break and I can see why they have secured promotion already.

“I am delighted with our performance against such tough opposition and to be in the semi-finals. I felt we were fairly comfortable, limited Falkirk to very few chances and once again we scored goals from a number of positions.”

Meanwhile, Scotland Women’s qualification for the 2015 World Cup play-offs has forced both Hibs and Spartans into scheduling league fixtures this midweek.

Hibs host Aberdeen at Easter Road Stadium tonight while Spartans face Rangers at Ainslie Park tomorrow. Both matches kick-off at 7.45pm.