Spartans on a high after beating Celtic

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Spartans thrashed Celtic 4-1 at the weekend to lay their Hoops hoodoo to rest and keep alive their hopes of finishing second in the Scottish Women’s Premier League.

Katie Reilly struck twice for the Ainslie Park girls after Louise Mason answered criticism with two goals. Manager Debbi McCulloch revealed: “I was giving Louise a hard time during the first 20 minutes and she quickly shut me up by scoring two good goals!

“Confidence is sky-high and the girls are all playing without fear, trying things that they might not normally have been brave enough to do.

“Celtic have beaten us twice this season, so to beat them so comfortably was important because it felt like we got the monkey off our back.

“Because of our victory over Glasgow City recently, we are no longer going into games as underdogs. Teams are wary of us and when you play as well as we have been then everyone wants to get at and beat you.

“I cannot remember the last time we had a run like this in the top six, yet, we cannot afford to stand still because we must always push on otherwise you get left behind.

“The girls have been incredible and I truly believe that if we all pull together we can achieve something memorable here.”

Elsewhere, Ashley Fish scored the winning goal as Hutchison Vale defeated Forfar Farmington 2-1 and secured only their second league victory since July.

Boss Andy Enwood said: “Ashley has been in terrific form for our reserves this season and she certainly stepped up a bang. She had one chance and she took it. Even though the score was close I thought we were worthy winners and it’s great to get back to winning ways after a tough period.”

Meanwhile, Rangers leapfrogged Hibs Ladies on goal difference after the Easter Road outfit lost 3-1 to Glasgow City in Airdrie. Jo Love, Fiona Brown and Denise O’Sullivan scored for the champions on a day when they received the league trophy. Katey Turner scored Hibs’ consolation.

• Hutchison Vale Ladies are looking to appoint a ‘Team Manager’. This role will deal with all administrative responsibilities. To discuss this position further please contact Andy on 07549 420 058.