Glasgow City head coach Eddie Wolecki Black has hit out at post match comments made by Hibs manager Willie Kirk, which described City as long ball merchants and that Hibs were the better side in a game that they lost 4-0.
City beat Hibs 4-0 thanks to goals from Sue Lappin, Leanne Ross, Sarah Crilly and Leanne Crichton. That win has seen City stretch their lead at the top of the SWPL to six points.
But despite the scoreline, Kirk told the official Hibs ladies website: “The score is an injustice because I felt we were the better team. The result is obviously disappointing and if it hadn’t been for their goalkeeper I think we would’ve won because she made a number of top-class saves.
“Despite the end result I thought it was a great performance from the girls. We started both halves really strongly and were the only team trying to play any football.
“In years gone by City would pass you to death but they were so direct and I couldn’t believe the number of long balls they played. To their credit they took their chances when they came along but from our point of view they were all sloppy goals and preventable. I wish we were playing them again tomorrow because we would beat them.”
Those comments infuriated Black, who took the unusual step to hit back at his opposite number.
Speaking to the official City website, Black said: “The post match comments from Hibs manager, Willie Kirk both on the Hibs website and to the media, concern me. It appears he must have had memory loss from the game on Sunday. Not only did he say that Hibs were the better team, he stated that they were the only team trying to play football.
“Now I can accept every manager trying to keep the spirits of his team high, especially after being beaten 4-0 on your own patch in a top of the table clash, but I feel he needs to concentrate on his own side. I personally find managing one team to be hard enough.
“For the record, we had 20 attempts on goal to Hibs total of 12. We had 4 corners to their 2 and 13 crosses to their 8. We also completed 249 passes to Hibs total of 139. I don’t know how a so called long ball team who didn’t try and play any football has managed to out pass, out shoot and out score his side!”
“It has been well documented that as a club we have suffered through loss of players and injury, however this squad have responded brilliantly to every bit of trash talk thrown at them. Despite all the problems, they have met every challenge so far and sit at the top of the table with a 100% record and are in the League Cup Final and I am extremely proud of this group of players.”
Scotzine contacted Willie Kirk in regards to Black’s comments, but the Hibs manager stated: “I don’t think there’s any further response needed.”