EN16 16x9
Sun 02 May 2021
Scottish Building Society SWPL 1
HT 3-0
Hibernian Hibernian Women
Hearts Heart of Midlothian Women
Match Report

A thoroughly professional performance saw Dean Gibson’s side score six unanswered goals to pick up three points and the bragging rights against Edinburgh rivals Hearts.

It took Hibs only four minutes to open the scoring. Rachel Boyle’s corner was met by Joelle Murray who headed the ball goalward. Parker-Smith got hands to Murray’s effort but was unable to hold onto it meaning the ball fell to Ellis Notley who tucked it away. A very good two-touch finish from Notley and the perfect start to the Edinburgh derby for Hibs.

Notley came close to scoring again only a few minutes later, but her header was blocked just in front of the Hearts goal.

It was Boyle’s turn next to have an effort on target but her strike from outside the box was well saved by Parker-Smith.

In the 29th minute, the hosts managed to find their second goal after some excellent build-up play. Hibs worked the ball well down the right and were able to open up the Hearts defence. The ball then came to Colette Cavanagh in the box who was able to pick out Amy Gallacher who had time to pick her spot and place the ball into the back of the net with a composed finish.

Hibs made it 3-0 in the 38th minute thanks to another goal from Gallacher. Carla Boyce received the ball from a throw-in on the left-hand side and played in Gallacher, who then ran into the box and slotted the ball in at the far corner.

Cavanagh came within inches of scoring Hibs’ fourth in the 40th minute, however, she was denied by the post. A let-off for Hearts.

After an eventual first half, Hibs went into the interval with a deserved three-goal lead.

It took only 36 seconds of the second half for Hibs to get their fourth. Kirsty Morrison delivered an excellent cross from the right which found Boyce in the Hearts box who finished well.

Three minutes later and Gallacher had her hattrick. Boyle played Morrison in down the right-hand side who crossed the ball into the box for Gallacher to fire home. Another great assist for Morrison and a fifth goal for Hibs.

Hibs were awarded a penalty in the 60th minute as Gallacher was brought down in the box by Kaney. The penalty was then converted by Boyle to extend Hibs’ lead to six goals.

After having very little to do all game, Emily Mutch produced an excellent diving save in the 70th minute to deny Forsyth and keep her clean sheet intact.

Hibs came very close to their 7th as Amy Muir swung in a corner in the 80th minute, which was met by Eve Donald at the back post, however, her effort was denied by Parker-Smith.

A dominant, confident display from Hibs and a well-earned victory.

Player of the Match: Kirsty Morrison