By: Hibernian Media on 03 Nov, 2019 17:00
Hibernian had to come from behind to see off a resilient Stirling University side in their final home game of the season.
The visitors had league survival on the line but a defeat at Ainslie Park confirmed the club's relegation to the second tier.
A sensational second half saw Lauren Davidson complete her first senior hat-trick as Eilidh Adams also made her first senior start for the club.
With Celtic bringing Glasgow City's unbeaten record to an end later on Sunday afternoon, three points against Stirling may prove crucial in the quest to finish second in the Scottish Women's Premier League.
Hibernian dominated possession in the opening 20 minutes but were unable to carve out any decent opportunities.
It was Stirling who struck first in the 22nd minute against the run of play.
Claire Petersen was slipped through on the left and finished neatly towards the near post past Jeni Currie.
However, the hosts only had to wait nine minutes before they levelled things.
Stirling goalkeeper Claire Whitaker spilled the ball in the box and it fell to Eilidh Adams, who played it back selflessly to Chelsea Cornet to finish in the bottom-right corner in the 31st minute.
Hibernian got their second of the game in the 40th minute. A fantastic turn on the byline from Rachael Boyle was followed by a cross which was flicked on by Adams and fired high into the net by Colette Cavanagh.
On the stroke of half time the hosts got their third. Brilliant vision from Boyle meant a through-ball was played into the path of Lauren Davidson, who took the ball round the keeper and tucked into the net.
Into the second half and Hibs upped the ante.
Shortly after replacing Adams, Siobhan Higgins was able to put the ball away after some confusion in the box between the goalkeeper and her defence meant the Hibernian substitute could poke the ball into the net.
The visitors weren't going down without a fight as Caitlyn Jobanek pulled one back inside the area in the 67th minute.
However, it ultimately was a consolation as Hibernian finished the game in clinical fashion.
A delightful ball from Boyle in the 78th minute found Davidson through the middle, who finished well past the Stirling keeper.
Five minutes later and Higgins won her side a penalty with Davidson stepping up to the spot. She made no mistake slotting it into the bottom-left corner to earn her first Hibernian hat-trick after 83 minutes.
Two minutes later and Hibernian made it seven. Boyle's corner from the left was headed on by substitute Jamie-Lee Napier at the near post as the hosts rounded off the scoring in the 85th minute.
A fitting performance to end another home campaign for Grant Scott's side.
The squad return to action in two weeks’ time for a trip up to Forfar Farmington in their final SWPL match of the season.
Report: Struan Garvie.
Image: Craig Doyle Media/Hibernian Ladies.