Hibernian held on to beat Celtic 3-2 to keep up the pressure on Glasgow City. The defeat dents Celtic’s hopes of mounting a ‘dark-horse’ title challenge, although it is far too early to be remotely terminal.
Hibs can look back on a blistering seven-minute spell in the first half for why they came away with three points. In fact, after two minutes, Abigail Harrison had the ball in the back of the net, only for the goal to be ruled out for offside. Moments later, Lucy Graham headed over from a corner.
And in the 25th minute, Hibs took the lead. Harrison whipped in a superb cross and Lizzie Arnot headed the ball past the Celtic keeper.
Three minutes later, it was 2-0. Arnot’s delightful through-ball picked out Kirsty Smith who scored at the near post.
And in the 32nd minute, they made it 3-0. Joelle Murray’s free-kick found Harrison who headed the ball into the net after making a clever run at the far post.
Just before half-time, though, Celtic pulled a goal back when Kelly Clark’s free-kick flew into the net, in-off the crossbar.
Celtic made things even more interesting in the 61st minute when clever play between Kirsty Howat and Christie Murray set up Kerry Montgomery whose shot found the bottom corner.
Murray could have equalised minutes later, but her shot just went wide.
In the end, Hibs held on to secure the three points. Celtic drop down to fifth.