Clinical Celtic went top of the Scottish Building Society SWPL for the first time this season after they beat Hibernian 6-2 at Ainslie Park.
Fran Alonso’s side were devastating in front of goal, hitting five before the break, with two goal of the season contenders from Lisa Robertson and Summer Green.
Quick-fire strikes from Jodie Bartle and Anita Marcos put the visitors ahead before a Rachel Boyle penalty gave Hibs a foothold in the game. But Anita, Robertson and Natalie Ross all hit more, and although Siobhan Hunter pulled one back, Green made it six.
The result puts Celtic above Glasgow City on goal difference, although City have a game in hand at home to Hearts on Sunday.
Celtic were buoyed by victory over Rangers five days previously, while Hibs had suffered back-to-back defeats. But the home side blasted out of the blocks, pinning Celtic back in the early stages.
But while they couldn’t make their pressure count, Celtic were clinical when the opportunities came their way. Ross’ corner kick met the head of Jodie Bartle, who scored her first goal for the club.
Soon after, Hibs’ back four were sliced apart when Anita beat the offside trap and chipped in a second. Hibs were furious with the assistant referee, but replays showed it had been the correct decision.
When Eilidh Adams was knocked over in the box, Hibs had a golden chance to pull one back from the penalty spot, and Rachel Boyle duly scored her second goal of the season.
However, Anita scored on the rebound to make it three shortly after, a long-range laser from Robertson shot put Celtic four ahead, and Ross breezed past Siobhan Hunter before coolly making it 5-1.
But the scoreline wasn’t a true reflection of the half. Potts had shot over in the box, while Joelle Murray and Shannon Leishman both needed just a nick on a cross to score.
And they had more chances too in the second half. Hunter pulled another one back when she hammered home from close range, and substitute Ria McCafferty rolled a shot off the post.
But it was 6-2 when the impressive Green took aim from distance and the shot was too high for goalkeeper Sophie Allison.
Hibernian head coach Dean Gibson: “[It was] a strange, strange game. It was never a 6-2 game. Probably more of a 6-5 or a 6-6 type of game. Celtic just took more of their chances than we did. The first half – I don’t know how we were 5-1 down in that game. We looked very comfortable going forward, we looked comfortable on the ball, we were creating chances – we just weren’t taking them.”
Celtic head coach Fran Alonso: “I’m delighted with the result. Obviously to score six goals against Hibs is unbelievable. I’m delighted with the second half performance, I think we controlled the game very well. But I’m not very delighted with the first half. I don’t think we played well, although we were very, very clinical. When you wear a Celtic shirt you have to try and win I’n proud of my players.”
Hibernian: Allison, Leishman, Muir (Eddie 61), Hunter (McCafferty 80), Murray, Potts, Notley, Morrison (Boyce 66), Boyle, Gallacher (Cavanagh 58), Adams (McEachran 90); Mutch, Handley
Celtic: Logan, Bartle, Ross (Nicolson 81), Anita (McGovern 74), Robertson, Ewens, Donaldson (Bowie 66), Clark, Green, Hayes, Warrington (McCulloch 16); Johnstone, Craig, McAllister