By: Hibernian Media on 19 Aug, 2019 09:06
Hibernian struck four past Stirling University to earn their first three points in the SWPL since the summer break.
The win comes off the back of a successful UWCL trip in Slovenia as Jamie-Lee Napier and Amy Gallacher continue their goalscoring runs alongside Kirsty Morrison, who found the net on her return from injury.
Following Celtic’s defeat later in the afternoon, Hibernian now move into second in the SWPL 1, tied on 28 points with the Hoops but ahead on goal difference.
The visitors dominated possession early on, but it took until the 37th minute before the deadlock could be broken.
A powerful run from Joelle Murray from the defence into midfield saw the captain play Lauren Davidson in along the right channel.
From there, Davidson squared to Napier at the near post who struck the ball towards the right side of goal to give Hibernian the lead.
Into the second half and Hibernian came out flying with their second of the game arriving in the 51st minute.
A poor clearance from the Stirling defence saw Gallacher pick the ball up on the edge of the area and fire into the bottom right-hand corner.
While the Stirling keeper, Rebecca Sjogerud, got a touch to it, it wasn’t enough to keep the ball out as it struck the post and went in.
Hibs only had to wait 10 minutes for a third - Napier's second of the afternoon.
Amy Muir crossed into the box from the right, a mix-up between the Stirling defence and keeper saw the ball drop to Siobhan Higgins.
She passed to Napier who struck the ball into the net from two yards out in the 61st minute, despite having a wall of players on the line attempting to block the shot.
The fourth and final goal at Ochilview Park followed five minutes later thanks to Morrison.
After replacing Davidson at half time, Morrison marked her return from injury by slotting in a rebound following Kirsty Reilly’s initial shot was saved.
A comfortable victory by the final whistle for Grant Scott’s side who play Stirling University again on Wednesday in the SSE Scottish Women’s Cup.
The holders welcome the visitors to Penicuik Park with the action getting underway at 7:30pm.
Report: David Ronney
Image: Craig Doyle Media/Hibernian Ladies