By: Hibernian Media on 09 Oct, 2019 05:53
Hibernian Ladies secured an emphatic victory at the Hibernian Training Centre as the hosts slotted 13 goals past Forfar Farmington on Tuesday evening in the Scottish Women's Premier League.
It was exactly the kind of performance Head Coach Grant Scott would have hoped for going into Sunday's SSE Scottish Women's Cup semi-final against Motherwell.
Hibs dominated the match from the first whistle till the last and were quickly rewarded for starting with real intensity.
Siobhan Hunter’s header was turned into the net by Siobhan Higgins, who earned her first goal for the club.
The second goal came only a minute later when Rachael Boyle was played through on goal.
Wearing the captain's armband for the evening in the absence of Joelle Murray, Boyle made no mistake in slotting the ball past the Forfar keeper.
Jamie-Lee Napier thought she had the third when her shot past the keeper was cleared miraculously on the line.
However, she was taken down by keeper Fiona McNicoll in the process and the referee did not hesitate to point to the spot.
Hunter stepped up to the spot in the 16th minute but a well taken effort was matched with a save as McNicoll guessed the right way and saved the penalty at the bottom left of goal.
This was quickly forgotten as Higgins was able to give Hibernian their third in the 18th minute. Colette Cavanagh played Higgins through and followed the run with a composed finish past the keeper.
McNicoll pulled off a smart save in the 31st minute to deny Higgins a first-half hat-trick as she got down low to her right to put the ball behind for a corner.
The fourth for the hosts came on the stroke of half-time.
Ellis Notley found Napier with a ball over the top and the young forward beat the offside trap. She made no mistake in firing the ball past the keeper in the 43rd minute to make it 4-0 at half-time.
Hibernian upped the ante in the second half, with a fifth coming within a minute of the restart courtesy of a Cavanagh header.
A few minutes later and Boyle had her second of the night - drilling the ball into the bottom left corner in the 48th minute to make it six.
After replacing Shannon McGregor at half time, Amy Gallacher got on the scoresheet with a great effort in the 59th minute.
Facing off against her former side, she found space on the edge of the area before delivering a powerful low strike arriving into the far bottom left corner.
Chelsea Cornet got in on the action as she finished first time past the keeper after the ball fell to her in the box in the 65th minute.
Another substitute, Lia Tweedie got in on the act as the club's number nine slotted in number nine on the night.
After a save made by the Forfar keeper, the ball arrived in the path of Tweedie who couldn't miss as she tapped it into a vacated net.
It was also a night to remember for Under-23s keeper Alicia Yates, who made her first team debut after replacing Jeni Currie in goal.
Napier earned her second in the 72nd minute after finishing well past the visiting keeper.
However, it was her hat-trick-sealing goal that was the pick of the bunch from the night.
Cutting in from the left side, Napier was left with time and space to curl the ball into the top right corner in the 74th minute.
With an opportunity for a fourth for the young forward, Napier only has the keeper to beat but she played it to Tweedie for her second of the night in the 76th minute.
This set Tweedie off on a quest for a hat-trick of her own which she did complete five minutes later.
Higgins, chasing a hat-trick of her own, smacked the ball from range as it rattled off the inside of the crossbar and off the line. Tweedie was there to react and slotted in the rebound in the 81st minute to complete the rout.
It was a fantastic all-round performance from the hosts, who now turn their focus to the semi-final against Motherwell on Sunday.
Report: Struan Garvie.
Image: Craig Doyle Media/Hibernian Ladies.