After a free week, Spartans Reserves were back in SWFL action against Edinburgh Caley at The Jewel, writes Kayleigh McNeill
Within 90 seconds of the opening whistle, Sophie Cunningham slotted away a through ball from Nichola Sturrock to open the scoring.
With the wind sweeping through Duddingston Park, Spartans dominated possession and were rewarded with Sturrock’s first of the day on the 20 minute mark.
A lovely run down the right hand side saw an on-form Cunningham weave through the Caley midfield to grab her second of the day with a long range strike from out wide.
Caley worked the conditions to their favour and they pulled a goal back directly from the corner flag but Spartans were unfazed, with Sturrock grabbing number four just before the break.
Half time: Edinburgh Caley 1 – 4 Spartans Reserves
Again, Spartans were quick off the mark as they were in the opening half. Cunningham was brought down deep within Caley’s penalty box and the referee was left with no option than to point to the spot. Sturrock held her composure to slot the ball home for her hat-trick to bring Spartans tally to five.
Caley then made the most of a rare venture into the Spartans box to make it 5-2 just after the hour.
Minutes later, an afternoon that brought four seasons in one day also brought four goals for Captain Sturrock, the final coming from a signature free kick over the wall and into the back of the net.
Emma Curson saw her effort from 40 yards crash off the crossbar, with Ashley Fish inches away from opening her Spartans goal account in the closing minutes.
Full time: Edinburgh Caley 2 – 6 Spartans Reserves