Sunday 11th April 2021,
North Edinburgh Community News

Hibs return to winning ways with victory over Motherwell

Hibs women returned to winning ways with a 3-2 win over Motherwell at Ainslie Park yesterday.

Head Coach Dean Gibson made six changes to the starting XI that lost to Spartans last week.

Hibs Amy Gallagher scores with a free kick from the edge of the box.

Hibs had the better of the opening spell and had the ball in the net early on however the ‘goal’ was ruled out for offside.

It was the visitors who took the lead however in the 26th minute. Mutch allowed a long-range effort to go past the post however the referee had spotted a deflection and pointed to the corner flag.

From the resultant corner, Claire Adams’s cross found Rosie Slater, who bulleted past Mutch in the Hibs’ goal.

Hibs responded immediately and Boyle’s through ball found Amy Gallacher, who rounded goalkeeper Ramsay to slot home from a tight angle.

Hibs Rachel Boyle breaks away from the Motherwell midfielder.

Just before the interval Hibs took the lead with a superb move through midfield culminating with Rachael Boyle going one on one with the keeper then selfishly squared the ball to Cavanagh who scored from close range.

Shortly after the break Hibs were awarded a free-kick following a controversial handball against Chelsie Watson and Gallacher dispatched the resultant free-kick into the top corner.

Motherwell refused to lie down however and pulled one back in the closing minutes.

A good cross found Nicole Pullar who rose above Joelle Murray to head past the goalkeeper.

It was a nervous last few minutes for Gibson’s side but they held on to secure all three points.

After the match Hibs gaffer, Dean Gibson, said: “It was a game of two halves. In the first half we turned up with the wrong attitude.

“We played Motherwell in a friendly a few weeks ago and we won it quite comfortably. I think the girls may be expected to turn just turn up and turn them over again. I’ve always said there are no easy games in this league, especially for us, teams want to beat us.

Hibs manager Dean Gibson.

“Motherwell came with bags of energy today and they made it difficult for us. We had to adapt in the first half and I don’t think we did that until the last ten minutes of the half and if I’m being honest we were probably fortunate to go in 2-1 up at half maybe, maybe 1-1 would have been fairer.

“We had a chat at half time we spoke to the players and said what we’re happy with and what we weren’t happy with. Everything you have seen in the second half is what we had worked on throughout the week. I don’t know how many chances we created in the second half but it’s the same story, we just don’t seem able to kill teams off and we allow teams to stay in the game.”

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