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Glasgow City fire five past ‘lazy’ rivals Hibernian Ladies

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Going into today’s match both teams were unbeaten with three wins from three in the Scottish Women’s Premier league with Glasgow City top of the table with a significantly better goal difference.

Glasgow City started the game the brighter of the two sides and had an early chance to score through Lisa Evans whose shot scuffed of a Hibs defender and out for a corner.

On seven minutes Glasgow City got a free kick just outside the box, however Leanne Ross was unable to break the deadlock as her free kick went just over the bar and out.

Glasgow City did get the first goal on eight minutes when Lisa Evans beat her marker on the half way line and ran straight to goal where she neatly placed the ball low into the bottom right hand corner from inside the box.

Hibs tried to respond and had their first chance of the afternoon on nine minutes when Frankie Brown placed a lovely cross for Kirsty McLaughlin who was unlucky to head the ball over the goals. Hibs had another chance on 14 minutes when Kirsty McLaughlin had her shot deflected into the arms of Lee Alexander.

The pressure paid off for Hibs on 19 minutes when a mix up in the City defence was taken advantage of by Claire Emslie who ran straight for goal and placed her shot down the middle just past the keeper to square the game one all.

Glasgow City went straight to goal from the re-start and were unlucky not to regain their lead after a neat one-two between Christie Murray and Lisa Evans in the box, saw Evans on goal only for her to shoot just wide.

Lisa Evans was again the creative spark when she made a great individual run with her shot acrobatically saved by Shannon Lynn in the Hibernian goal. Evans teammates were unable to score from the follow-up and the ball went out for a goal kick.

However Lisa Evans was not to be denied again and she got her second and City’s second on 36 minutes. Evans received a lovely ball over the top and with her unmarked she coolly chipped the ball over the on-rushing Shannon Lynnn to put City back in the lead.

Glasgow City got their third goal just on the stroke of half time through Leanne Crichton. A mix up in the box saw Lisa Evans poke the ball towards goal where it was saved by Lynn only for the ball to fall at the feet of former Hibee Crichton who tapped the ball into the bottom left corner to put City three one up at half time.

Christie Murray got City’s fourth goal of the afternoon on 50 minutes and put the game beyond Hibernian. Some nice wing play by City saw the ball end up at the feet of Murray who side footed the ball past Lynn who was helpless to stop it.

On 62 minutes Hibs got a free kick just outside the City box where Lisa Robertson floated a shot over the City wall however it was safely caught by Alexander. This was as close as Hibernian got to pulling a goal back in the second half.

City got their fifth and final goal of the day on 64 minutes. Second half substitute Emma Mitchell scored the goal of the afternoon from a free kick 30 yards out with a direct strike which ended up in the top left hand corner of the Hibs goal to the adulation of the City and Hibs supporters who acknowledged the quality of the goal.

The win for Glasgow City puts them three clear on 12 points from four games, while Hibernian stay on nine points. Hibernian next face Kilmarnock at home in the league on 29th of April while on the same day, Glasgow City travel to Lennoxtown to take on title rivals Celtic.

After the game Hibernian head coach Willie Kirk gave his thoughts on the game: “Very happy with the first half performance, second half performance I thought they threw the towel in too early. A lack of desire and believe. We have fantastic fitness levels just now, better than we have ever been over the last two years anyway. So it’s definitely not a fitness thing.

“I think there is a bit of laziness to it which we pointed out at half time. Just a lack of desire which is disappointing as we said at half time you can’t lose a game because you’re lazy. It’s criminal to lose a game if you’re lazy.”

Eddie Wolecki Black, head coach of Glasgow City also gave his thoughts after the game: “I wasn’t actually happy with the result, not the performance. I thought that we were sloppy in possession today at times and our preparations this week was a bit up and down and that reflected in our game a lot.

“You’re always unhappy with any goal you concede but certainly the goal we did concede was an individual error and it’s an easy one to rectify. We will get that corrected this week.”

Glasgow City: Lee Alexander, Eillish McSorley, Emma Fernon, Danica Dalziel, Nicola Docherty, Rachel Corsie, Leanne Ross (Emma Mitchell) Leanne Crichton (Jo Love) Lisa Evans, Jane Ross, Christie Murray.

Subs not used: Julie Melrose, Ciara Barnes.

Hibernian: Shannon Lynn, Emma Brownlie, Frankie Brown, Kirsty McLaughlin, Caroline Weir, Lisa Robertson, Kirsty Smith, Claire Emslie, Siobhan Hunter, Joelle Murray (Rebecca Zoltie) Laura Kennedy (Ellen Pia).

Subs not used: Hollie Thomson, Hannah Reid.

Referee: Morag Pirie

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