Kirk delighted Easter Road ladies’ campaign still on course

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Hibs Ladies Manager Willie Kirk insists his side’s 9-0 victory over city rivals Hutchison Vale was the perfect tonic for their midweek hangover.

The Hibees bounced back from their shock midweek cup exit at the hands of Spartans to record an emphatic victory at Saughton Enclosure.

Goals from Lizzie Arnot (3), Rachael Walkingshaw (2), Caroline Weir (2), Siobhan Hunter and Frankie Brown had the girls in green on cloud nine as Hibs maintained their 
winning start in the league.

“It was great to have the opportunity to get back to winning ways so soon after Wednesday’s disappointment,” said Kirk.

“We started well and the game was over by half-time. Our first-half performance was fantastic and although we never quite reached those heights after the break this is understandable given the score. The girls played like a weight had been lifted from their shoulders so perhaps the midweek defeat we a good thing as winning six or seven games on the bounce brings its own 
pressure.”

Hutchie boss Ian McDonald believes his side were made to pay after a sluggish start, saying: “We just didn’t get going and allowed Hibs to dictate.” Elsewhere, a stunning striker from Scotland star Megan Sneddon resulted in Rangers taking all three points from their clash with Spartans at Ainslie Park.

The only goal of the game came when a free kick from Jill Paterson was parried by Spartans goalkeeper Rachel Harrison to the edge of the box where Sneddon struck an unstoppable effort into the net off the underside of the crossbar.