16-year-old Lucy Graham scored a debut goal to top-off a 6-1 win for Hibernian as Willie Kirk’s reignited their title challenge after the mid-season break.
It took around 10 seconds for Hibernian to get their first shot on goal. Susan Farilie ran through a chasm in the Aberdeen defence but her skidded off the sodden astroturf wide of the post.
They continued to pepper the Aberdeen goal with shots in the opening 10 minutes before Rachel Walkingshaw managed to angle one across goal into the bottom corner.
The Dons stuck to their game plan, trying to work the ball on the ground to the wingers but Dempster unable to hold the ball on their own.
At the other end The Reds were putting their body on the line to keep the score at only 1-0. Captain Susan Murray dived head first to block a shot from Lizzie Arnott. She appeared to be knocked unconscious from the impact but after being helped to her feet she returned to coordinate the defence.
When the second Hibs goal did come there was more than a hint of fortune about it. A mis-hit cross somehow bounced through to Susan Fairlie who’s shot was deflected and squirmed its way past Sangster in the Aberdeen goal.
The Hibernian goals in the second half became as regular as the trains cruising behind the car park.
Lizzie Arnott hit the ball first-time when it came to her at the edge of the penalty area. Initially it appeared to be clearing the goal and the perimeter fence but it dipped just in time to find the top corner.
Hibs were now clicking at top gear and their fourth goal was a joy to behold. A magnificent one-two on the left side of the penalty are cut through the Aberdeen defence and the low cross was met by central defender Joelle Murray who had made a rare foray forward.
Aberdeen were well beaten at this point but doggedly persisted in trying to create opportunities. It was not until the hour-mark that Rebecca Dempster had their first shot of the match. It only just clipped the perimeter fence behind the goal.
Lizzie Arnott deflected in the fifth before debutant Lucy Graham grabbed a debut goal. She didn’t know much about it though. Murray slid in to clear a cross but only managed to divert it to Graham and the ball ricocheted into the goal through a combination of her forehead and nose.
Aberdeen’s persistence merited a goal and it was substitute Nikki Wright who netted it. Anderson picked her out with a through-ball and it was an easy task for her to slid the ball past the on-rushing Lynn.
Hibernian will travel to Glasgow City without any fear on the back of this performance but for Aberdeen the post-split fixtures now look even more daunting.
Written by David Mackay