After months of waiting and uncertainty, Hibernian Women returned to action and secured an opening day 2-1 victory over Spartans in their first league match of the 2020/21 SWPL season.
The hosts got off to the perfect start as they opened the scoring in the 5th minute. Siobhan Hunter delivered a good ball into the box that forced a clearance and won a corner. The resulting corner was turned in at the back post by Eilidh Adams following a lay off by Ellis Notley.
Hibs nearly doubled their lead in the 12th minute after Kirsty Morrison played a good ball into the box from the right but Adams was unable to make contact with it as flew across the box.
Another chance fell to Adams in the 16th minute after she was played in by Rachael Boyle, however, the resulting shot was saved by the keeper. A very lively start from Hibernian Women’s new number nine.
Dean Gibson's side continued to dominate much of the first half and had another chance to double their lead in the 22nd minute after a delightful ball from Leah Eddie was headed just wide by Notley.
Another good chance came in the 36th minute after Boyle made a fantastic run from midfield and was played in by Notley, Boyle’s ensuing shot went just wide of the far post.
Spartans were able to slot in an equaliser in the 38th minute with their first shot of the match against the run of play. McAlonie played a good cross in from the right that was tapped in by Galbraith.
Into the second half and Hibernian were forced into a change as Shannon McGregor was stretchered off the park in the 47th minute after a tough challenge. Carla Boyce coming on to replace the midfielder.
Finding their rhythm, Hibernian were able to regain the lead. A fantastic delivery from the corner flag by Boyle found Boyce who struck on the right side of the box to make it 2-1 after the 55th minute.
The hosts were denied a third of the match as Charlotte Potts’ header came off the bar in the 64th minute, another fine delivery from Boyle.
Chances were few and far between in the final thirty minutes but Hibernian did enough to see out the game and secure their first points of the season.
Image: Craig Doyle
Report: Struan Garvie