Scottish Women's Premier League

#SBSSWPL 1: Motherwell 0-6 Hibernian

November 2nd 2020

Hibernian made it two wins from two in the Scottish Building Society SWPL 1 after a convincing victory against Motherwell at the Penny Cars Stadium in Airdrie. Charlotte Potts scored twice with Rachael Boyle, Amy Muir, Colette Cavanagh and Shannon Leishman also on the scoresheet in a 6-0 win for Dean Gibson’s side.

The game started at a fast pace as both sides sprung attacks in the opening minute but neither side was able to create any real chance. Hibs were first to hit the target when Trudie Pollard was short with a clearance, allowing Carla Boyce to lob the ball goalwards, but her effort was cleared off the line by a combination of Lauren Gallon and Rachel Connor.

Just minutes later however they did take the lead. Muir got in behind on the right before crossing, with the loose ball falling the way of Boyle who volleyed home. It was two on 16 minutes with Boyle turning provider as her corner from the left was met by the head of Potts to score her first goal for the Hibees after joining in the summer.

The Edinburgh side were in cruise control and added a third midway through the half when Muir ran from deep to collect the ball and drill low across Pollard.

Motherwell responded to that goal strongly with Lori Gardner continuing to be their bright spark as she raced down the left before picking out Abby Callaghan, who saw her shot from the edge of the area pushed behind by Sophie Allison.

It was Gardner herself who went close next for the Women of Steel, bending an effort just past the post a couple of minutes before half time.

Hibs started the second half well though and they scored their fourth ten minutes after the restart, Cavanagh tapping home at the back post after good work by Muir. Potts then made it five as she headed home her second of the afternoon from another Boyle delivery.

Siobhan Hunter came off the bench with around quarter of an hour left to play and almost made a stunning immediate impact when her free-kick smashed off the crossbar on its way over after Pollard had cleaned out Boyle.

In truth, Motherwell rarely threatened in the second period, a tame effort from Katie Rice about as close as they would come.

Instead it was Hibs who would make it six, substitutes Addie Handley, Kirsty Morrison and Chelsea McEachran combining to set up Leishman to drill the ball into the bottom corner as they continued their impressive start to the season.

Motherwell: Pollard; Connor, Gallon, Watson, Baillie (Roberts, 71); Skelton (Adams, 71), Sinclair, Rice, Gardner; Callaghan, Swanson (Pullar, 71)

Hibernian: Allison; Muir (Handley, 80), Murray, Potts (Hunter, 76), Leishman; Boyle, Notley; Boyce (Morrison, 58), Eddie (McEachran, 67), Cavanagh (McCafferty, 63); Adams