Ladies Bounce Back
Hibernian Ladies 3 v 0 Spartans. Match report by Richard Payne.
Hibernian Ladies bounced back from their Scottish Women's Premier League Cup final disappointment by sweeping aside city rivals Spartans 3-0 at the weekend.
Hibs boss Chris Roberts left out Abbi Harrison as a precaution following a head knock picked up in her last outing against Glasgow City and that meant a recall for Clare Williamson to the starting XI.
Any thoughts that Hibernian would be leg-weary after their midweek exertions were blown away in the opening moments as the hosts penned Spartans back.
The positive start from the Hibees was rewarded after only nine minutes when Spartans keeper Rachel Harrison ailed to hold a shot from Lizzie Arnot and Heather Richards slotted it away.
Hibs doubled their lead just before the hour when Lucy Graham’s through ball found the run of Arnot and she converted.
With eight minutes remaining Hibs scored their third and final goal when the unfortunate Katie Reilly turned a cross into her own net.
"I’m absolutely delighted with the girls’ response to Wednesday’s disappointment." commented manager Roberts.
"It was great to see that resilience after a mentally and physically draining 120 minutes in midweek. The girls dug deep, performed well and showed the sort of form needed to win championships.
"They were a class above, although I was impressed with Spartans who played well, passed the ball and were always a threat trying to get in behind.
"We started well, dominated the opening exchanges, got our noses in front and then picked Spartans off.
"Jenna [Fife], Joelle [Murray] and Shiv[Siobhan Hunter] set the stall with a terrific display at the back and we were worthy winners.
"I thought the girls managed the game well, they pressed at the right times, sat in at the right times and showed maturity in their performance."
Hibernian: Fife, Brownlie, Murray, Hunter, Williamson, Robertson, Graham, Arthur, Arnot, Richards, Smith. Substitutes: Reid, Cornet, Tweedie, McMahon, Johnstone.
Spartans: Harrison, Beveridge, Shepherd, Barnes, Douglas, Mason, Reilly, McLaughlin, Marshall, Russell, Ewens. Substitutes: Burns, Jackson, Kerr, Mitchell, Pagliarulo.
Referee: George Calder.
Meanwhile, Hibernian Development lost 3-0 to Jeanfield Swifts in the SWFL 1st Division Cup final at Recreation Park, Alloa.