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Derby day delight for Dean Gibson's side

Goals from Rachael Boyle, Siobhan Hunter, and Eilidh Adams as well as a few excellent saves from Emily Mutch were enough to earn Hibs all three points and the bragging rights over Hearts.

For their final game of the year, Dean Gibson’s side travelled to Tynecastle Park to take on Hearts in an Edinburgh derby.

The hosts made a good start to the game and created the first half-chance of the match with a deflected effort from just outside Hibs’ box.

A few minutes later, Hearts won the first corner of the match after some good work down the right. The ensuing delivery was cleared away by Leah Eddie.

Gibson's side won a free kick near the touchline just inside of Hearts’ half. Rachael Boyle swung the ball in and found Ellis Notley, but nothing came from the chance.

Moments later, Hibs were awarded another free kick, this time in a much better position on the edge of the host’s box. Boyle once again played the ball into the area, but it was well gathered by the Hearts keeper Lisa Rodgers.

Both sides defended well in the opening ten minutes, with few clear-cut chances to be seen. There were also several turnovers as the two sides looked to gain control of the match.

Hearts sent another corner into the Hibs box in the 15th minute. Hibs were able to clear the initial delivery, but the ball fell to Jenny Smith on the edge of the area whose shot flashed just wide of Emily Mutch’s post.

Hibs opened the score in the 19th minute thanks to a long-range effort from Boyle. The Hibs captain’s free kick evaded the Hearts defence and went all the way into the net. An excellent goal to give Hibs the lead in the derby.

Hearts tried to make their way back into the match and enjoyed a few spells of possession, however, they were unable to create any clear-cut chances.

Hibs doubled their lead in the 34th through an excellent header from Siobhan Hunter. The defender was able to get on the end of Boyle’s corner and sent the ball past Rodgers to give her side a two-goal advantage.

Mutch was forced into a great save in the 42nd minute to stop Maria McAneny’s free kick. Following this save, Hearts were awarded a penalty after a scramble inside Hibs’ box.

The Hibs keeper produced another excellent save, this time from a penalty kick, to deny Smith from pulling one back just before the break.

These saves proved to be some of the final actions of the half as the referee blew the whistle shortly after.

Hibs made a good start to the second half and won three corners within seven minutes of the restart. All three corners caused Hearts some problems, but the hosts were able to clear their lines.

Mutch was called into action again, this time in the 57th minute, to deny a header at the back post following a Hearts corner.

The hosts pulled one back in the 66th through former Hibs player Erin Rennie. The ball was played to the right by Lia Tweedie and picked up by Rennie who finished well past Mutch in a one-on-one situation.

Hibs were under a lot of pressure in the 83rd minute as the hosts won three consecutive corners. Gibson’s side defended well and prevented Hearts from grabbing a late equaliser.

Substitute Eilidh Adams was able to get Hibs’ third of the match and put the game to bed with a great strike in the 91st minute. The striker received a good pass from Cavanagh, before striking the ball past Rodgers from close range to give her side a 3-1 lead.

Unfortunately, shortly after the goal, Adams was stretchered off through injury.

This proved to be one of the final actions of the game as Hibs secured a 3-1 victory and their second Edinburgh derby victory of the season.

Our second Edinburgh derby victory of the season!

from @HibernianWomen