Spartans first to defeat Glasgow City in almost six years

Spartans celebrate with goal scorer Katie Reilly
Spartans celebrate with goal scorer Katie Reilly
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Spartans manager Debbi McCulloch hopes her side’s shock victory over Glasgow City can inspire other clubs to do the same and make the Scottish Women’s Premier League more competitive

Katie Reilly scored the only goal of the game as Spartans caused a major upset by inflicting defeat on champions City – their first league defeat in almost six years.

“I told the girls afterwards that I have been waiting five years for that performance,” said proud boss McCulloch. “After the disappointment against Hibs recently we changed our tactics and sat off City slightly and it paid off.

“We played some decent football and the girls were incredible – it was three points that we were not expected to get.

“We got our goal at a good time, defended well when we needed to, and I thought we deserved to win.

“It has been so long since City were last defeated in the league that I hope our win inspires others and gives them the belief they can also beat them.”

Meanwhile, Hutchison Vale’s disappointing run of results continued at the weekend when they were thumped 7-2 by Buchan, who sit at the foot of the table.

Manager Andy Enwood commented: “We should not be getting beat like that by the bottom of the league, but if you don’t perform it can and has happened.

“It’s probably the worst day I’ve had since taking over in terms of the travelling, result, performance and having only 12 players – all-in-all it was a bad day at the office.”

Elsewhere, Rangers extended their lead over third-placed Hibs to five points with a 4-1 win over the Easter Road side.

Hibs manager Chris Roberts said: “The quality of some of the Rangers goals was incredible, and sometimes you have to hold your hands up an acknowledge that.”