|Club||1st Half||2nd Half||Goals|
|Hibernian||Small 10||Arnot 46, 55, 89; Katey Turner 81; Gallacher 85||6|
Hibernian climbed to the top of the SWPL 1 table after a comprehensive 6-0 win over Aberdeen, but in truth, they were frustrated in the first half by an Aberdeen side that was set up with a disciplined 4-5-1 formation. Playing their first game at Ainslie Park since Hibs moved stadium, they took the lead in the tenth minute through ex-Aberdeen’s Rachel Small. Aberdeen restricted Hibs to chances for the rest of the first half with Hibs struggling to break beyond the away team’s back-line.
However, Hibs doubled their lead within thirty seconds of the second half through Lizzie Arnot’s tap-in, and she scored to make it 3-0 through her shot that was deflected off Cassie Cowper.
Hibernian controlled the second half, perhaps without the intensity as they had shown before, but in the final ten minutes, they scored three times. Amy Gallacher pass picked out Katey Turner who scored her first goal for Hibs since her return to the club before Gallacher scored her first goal for Hibernian with a stunning finish before Arnot completed her hat-trick.
Rachel Small Scores Against Old Club
Both sides struggled to get create chances in the early stages with the first chance coming when Amy Gallacher blasted the ball over from close range.
But in the tenth minute, Hibernian took the lead when Lisa Robertson’s pass picked out Rachel Small unmarked in the box, and she beat the Dons’ keeper Emily Mutch with a simple finish.
Aberdeen’s high-pressing was preventing Hibs’ attacking play, but the home side was still creating chances. Abi Harrison’s pass picked out Lizzie Arnot, and her shot was saved low down by Mutch. From a corner, Siobhan Hunter blasted over at the far post. And then Mutch had to be alert to save Harrison’s cross that turned into a shot.
Aberdeen’s Lindsey Dunbar had to be substituted after picking up an injury, with Jade McLaren replacing her.
But then, on the half-hour mark, it should have been 2-0. Arnot’s cross found Harrison but her shot crept the wrong side of the far post after failing to make a clean contact. Three minutes later, they had another glorious chance when Gallacher’s cross found Arnot, but her shot lacked the power to beat Mutch.
Half-Time: Hibernian 1-0 Aberdeen
Hibs Start Second Half Fast
It took just seconds for the Edinburgh club to double their lead. Gallacher’s cross picked out Arnot who scored from close-range.
They could have scored a third when Aberdeen failed to fully clear a corner, and Hibs worked the ball back to Lucy Graham in the box but her shot was saved by Mutch’s legs.
Arnot and Harrison both saw their shots go over before Hibernian scored their third goal. A throw-in found Arnot in space, and then from 25 yards, her shot found the bottom corner after taking a large deflection off defender Cassie Cowper.
Hibernian kept on looking for a fourth goal with Emma Brownlie coming close, but her header was cleared off the line by an Aberdeen defender.
Katey Turner came on in the second half in the 75th minute and she came close when she cut off the wing, but her shot just went wide.
Katey Turner and Amy Gallacher Debut Goals
And then, Hibernian did score their fourth. Gallacher’s pass found Turner in the penalty area and her finish gave Mutch no chance in saving.
Amy Gallacher then got Hibernian’s fifth goal and her debut goal. A corner was played short and then Arnot crossed the ball to Gallacher who controlled the ball with her chest and then volleyed the ball into the top corner.
And in the 89th minute, Arnot completed her hat-trick when Cailin Michie’s passed sent Arnot into the box and she picked out the bottom corner with her finish.
“Really pleased. Aberdeen, first half were a real testament to Stefan’s staff, they were really organised, applied a really good press in the first half and made it hard for us to play. Took us 45 minutes for us to find a way through that. Had a couple of chances first half, glad to be 1-0 up, looked strong defensively. Second half, I thought we were excellent, we moved off the ball well, moved the ball well, created a lot of chances and took five of them in the second half. Scoring six against Aberdeen and keeping a clean sheet is a great result.”
SWPL 1 Table
2017 SWPL 1
Hibernian: Jenna Fife, Cailin Michie, Siobhan Hunter (Katey Turner 75), Emma Brownlie, Shannon Leishman; Lucy Graham, Lisa Robertson, Rachel Small; Amy Gallacher (Caitlin Russell 88), Abi Harrison, Lizzie Arnot.
Subs not Used: Hannah Reid (GK), Morgan Turner, Kirsty Smith, Chelsea Cornet, Lia Tweedie.
Goals: Small 10; Arnot 46, 55, 89; Katey Turner 81; Gallacher 85.
Aberdeen: Emily Mutch; Beth McPherson, Cassie Cowper, Donna Paterson, Cheryl Anderson; Jo Fraser, Kelly Forrest (Chloe Glover 82), Lindsey Dunbar (Jade McLaren 29 (Lauren Gordon 68)), Shannon McGregor, Hannah Stewart; Megan Reid (Sam McDonald 68).
Subs not Used: Beth Walker, Mia Marquez, Molly Maguire.