Women’s football: Hibs boss rues points dropped

Spartans manager Suzy Shepherd
Spartans manager Suzy Shepherd
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Hibs Ladies manager Chris Roberts praised his players’ second-half performance at Aberdeen but admits it was frustrating not to have picked up the three points.

The Hibees drew 0-0 at Heathryfold Park in their second SWPL game of the new season.

Roberts said: “We were never really threatened in the first half apart from the odd set piece, but we weren’t at our best still. When we came out in the second half we looked better but just couldn’t take our chances.

“Take nothing away from Allan Smith’s side though because he had them set up well and they’re a tough side to come up against and we’ve had hard games up there before.

“We were also missing Lucy Graham who pulled out through illness and with the physical nature of the game we could have done with someone like her at times.”

Spartans player manager Suzy Shepherd was full of praise for her players for their strong start to the SWPL 1 season after a 3-1 home victory against Forfar Farmington FC.

A first-half strike from Alana Marshall gave the hosts the lead but that was cancelled out by Amy Gallacher before half-time. Mariel Kaney and Katie Reilly found the net in the second half to give the home side the three points.

“I’m delighted to have a 100 per cent record after two hard games. There’s not going to be any easy games this season and we are just taking one game at a time.

“Credit goes to the players for the hard work they are putting in on the training ground and then taking it into the games.”

In SWPL 2 Hutchison Vale were the only Edinburgh side to not pick up any points at the weekend after succumbing to a 3-0 home defeat by Buchan. Louise Brown put the away side ahead through an excellent counter attack 11 minutes before half time. Vanessa Silcocks stepped up to the penalty spot and made it 2-0 and Leanne Reid’s cross found Lydia Johnston who made no mistake in finding the bottom corner to kill the game off.

In the second tier Hearts picked up their first win of the season after they dispatched Inverness City 7-0 which included a first senior hat-trick for Ashley Carse. Other goalscorers were Rachel Shaw, Brogan Anderson, Rebecca Smith and Louise Moultray.