A scintillating Hibernian marched into the semi-finals of the Sky Sports Cup with a hat-trick from Eilidh Adams, as well as goals from Jorian Baucom, Ellis Notley, Siobhan Hunter and Lauren Doran-Barr.
Eilidh Adams captained the side today as she made her 100th appearance for the club at aged 19. The youngster made sure to make it a memorable afternoon, being directly involved in four goals.
Hibernian’s first half-chance of the match came seven minutes in. The ball landed into the path of Leah Eddie who tried her luck from 25 yards out but Fiona McNicoll caught the effort comfortably.
Michaela McAlonie was the next to try her luck from outside the box three minutes later. This time with a well-placed driven shot that beat the keeper and narrowly whizzed past the post to the relief of McNicoll.
From early on, Hibernian had their boot placed firmly on United’s neck. The visitors struggled to get the ball out of their own half, and once they did they struggled to maintain possession for long. The Cabbage were playing with a swagger that comes from scoring 16 goals in their last two matches of football.
Hibs were quickly rewarded for their dominance. Following a scramble in the box, Abbie Ferguson hit a looping volley off the crossbar and Eilidh Adams was first to pounce, smashing home the rebound on her 100th appearance for the club in the 18th minute.
Ferguson continued to impress the home crowd after she eviscerated the Montrose defenders with four goals last weekend. The number seven continued to trickily skip past the opposition, the only thing missing from her game being a goal.
With ten minutes until the break, McAlonie came close once more with an almost identical effort to her previous shot 15 minutes prior. She received the ball around 20 yards out, whizzing her shot past the keeper and the post.
The visitors continued to defend well, likely hoping to make it to the break with just a one goal deficit in order to regroup at half-time. With five minutes to play, Adams might have thought she had foiled United’s plan. Tegan Bowie took the ball down the flank and whipped the ball across the face of goal, Adams chested her effort towards goal but somehow it was kept out by McNicoll.
Despite a dominating half and a flurry of late chances, Hibernian went into the break with just a one goal advantage.
Following the restart, it was clear Hibs had lost none of the momentum built in the first-half. After terrific hard-work from McAlonie and Bowie down the left hand side, the latter somehow managed to get a cross into the box with her back against two defenders. Adams chested the ball down to Baucom on the six yard line and the striker fired her effort low into the goal - doubling Hibernian’s advantage on the 53rd minute.
Just moments later, Adams and Baucom linked up once more. Baucom intercepted a weak pass from McNicoll and slipped Adams through on goal. The youngster raced to beat McNicoll to the ball, took the ball past the keeper and placed it into the empty net in the 55th minute.
Hibernian’s onslaught didn’t stop there. In the 61st minute, Adams rounded off a proud night with a hat-trick. Bowie drove with pace down the left-hand side and fired the ball across the corridor of doubt, Adams pounced and gave the keeper no chance, hammering her shot into the bottom left corner.
Before the match could restart, Grant Scott made a triple change. Baucom, Bowie, and Shannon McGregor were replaced by Ellis Notley, Rosie Livingstone, and Lia Tweedie.
Ten minutes later, Hibs had their fifth. A dangerous cross from Livingstone deflected into the path of Notley, and the substitute slammed home her effort.
Come the 74th minute, the visitors were longing for the full-time whistle. A brilliant header from Siobhan Hunter looped over McNicoll and put Hibernian six goals in front.
Hibernian made their final change of the match two minutes later. Kirsty Morrison and Lauren Doran-Barr replaced Ferguson and Adams.
This scintillating Hibs side didn’t stop there however, and Doran-Barr scored with one of her first touches of the match with ten to play. Eddie sent a cross that flew over the entire opposition defence, the substitute timed her run perfectly to the back post and volleyed home Hibernian’s seventh of the evening.
Hibernian couldn’t make it their third eighth goal victory in a row, but they won’t lose any sleep over it after steamrolling past Dundee United 7-0, and head into the semi-finals of the Sky Sports Cup.