After nearly four months away from football, Hibernian Women returned to action in the SBS SWPL 1 with a 2-0 defeat to Spartans FC Women in an Edinburgh Derby.
Before the game began, both teams took part in a minutes silence in honour of Ellen Reid.
As well being an Edinburgh Derby, both teams started the match on level points in the SWPL 1 League Table, adding even more importance to the encounter.
It was a fairly even opening 20 minutes with no clear-cut chance for either side as both teams tried to find their feet in the match. Windy conditions played their part.
Hibs came closest to scoring in the 26th minute when Captain Joelle Murray’s header was cleared off the Spartans’ goal line by Ronaigh Douglas.
A few half-chances for both sides and a succession of Hibs’ corners that came to nothing around the 30th minute.
Following a quiet first 45 minutes, both teams went in goalless at the interval, Hibs arguably having the better chances of the half.
A quiet opening ten minutes at the start of the second half was reminiscent of the first.
Spartans found the breakthrough in the 57th minute as Kat Smart’s effort from range found the bottom right-hand corner. Emily Mutch did get a hand to the strike, but it was not enough to keep the shot out.
Spartans made it 2-0 in the 59th minute with the goal coming from Rebecca Galbraith.
In response to going two goals behind, the visitors made their first change of the match just after the hour mark with Amy Gallacher on to replace Kirsty Morrison.
Hibs made their second change of the match in the 68th minute with Carla Boyce coming on in place of Ria McCafferty.
Spartans struck the bar in the 69th minute following another long-range effort, this time from Alana Marshall.
It was Hibs’ turn to try a long-range effort in the 72nd minute as Colette Cavanagh’s shot forced a good save from the Spartans’ keeper Rachel Harrison.
Despite going two goals behind early in the second half, Hibs showed a lot of fight and determination in the final 30 minutes but were unable to break down Spartans’ defence and find a goal.
In the end, Spartans’ two goals in quick succession were enough for the side to claim all three points and earn the bragging rights in the Edinburgh Derby.
As for Hibs, their attention will turn to their next match in the SWPL 1 where they will face Motherwell FC at home.
Hibernian Women starting Line Up: Emily Mutch, Shannon Leishman, Amy Muir, Leah Eddie, Eilidh Adams, Colette Cavanagh, Ellis Notley, Joelle Murray, Ria McCafferty, Rachael Boyle, Kirsty Morrison.