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Second half goal spree earns Hibs victory over Central in Scottish Cup

Hibernian Girls 4

Hay 18, 38, Gibb 39, 42

Central Girls FA 1

McLean 31
  • Saturday, 02 September 2017
  • Meadowmill Sports Complex
  • 15's Girls
  • SWF Scottish Youth Cup - Quarter Final
It was a warm late-summers morning at Meadowmill which would host a Scottish Cup Quarter-Final between Hibs and Central Girls.
 
Three goals in the space of five minutes at the start of the second half was enough for Hibs to seal their place in the last four of the Scottish Cup with a win over their opponents from the Forth Valley.
 
The first chance of the game came for Central with 11 minutes on the clock when Kate Nicholson's free kick from the wide left came off the top of the crossbar and behind for a goal kick.
 
18 minutes gone, Hibs' Carys Grieve was brought down on the left hand side of the penalty area by a hanging left leg.  Amy Hay's initial effort was saved by Central keeper Rebecca Stevenson, but the loose ball fell into Hay's path who gave Hibs the lead with the rebound.
 
Caley Gibb would then test Stevenson again a few minutes later with a powerful strike from well outside the area, which was gathered at the second time of asking by the keeper.
 
Hibs had been trying to play out from the back in the early stages, they were almost caught out by Emma Kennedy's interception, but the striker couldn't beat the goalkeeper from inside the area.
 
On 31 minutes, the referee awarded a free kick just outside the box to the away side for a handball, although the Hibs clearly felt it was harsh. Elvie Mclean stepped up and brought her side back level as her free kick evaded the wall and goalkeeper, a few minutes before the break.
  • Half Time:
  • Hibernian Girls
  • 1-1
  • Central Girls FA
It took just three minutes of the second period for Hibs to restore their lead, coming through Hay once again. A brilliant free kick from the far left looped into the top corner for her and Hibs' second of the game. 
 
Just a minute later, the ball fell to Caley Gibb in the middle of the penalty box, who guided her effort underneath Stevenson to double Hibs' lead.
 
Still only seven minutes into the second half and Gibb added to her tally with a powerful finish from 12 yards to give Hibs a firm grip on the match.
 
Central moved to three at the back and pushed players forward in the hope of brining the game back. The away side registered a number of corners and put multiple crosses into the box without creating too much in the way of shots on goal.
 
Grieve was brought down for Hibs later in second half but penalty shouts were waved away by the referee. The minutes ebbed away and Hibs were soon celebrating a place in the final four of the national competition.
 
Whilst the Hibernian Ladies first team have triumphed in the Scottish Cup in recent seasons, at youth level the last victory was at this very age group four years ago. This bright Hibs side will be hopeful of emulating the class of 2013.
  • Full Time:
  • Hibernian Girls
  • 4-1
  • Central Girls FA

Lineups

Hibernian Girls
Central Girls FA
1. Mia Smith
2. Jessica Smith
3. Hannah Duncan
4. Charlotte McDougall
5. Robyn McCafferty
6. Amy Hay
8. Caley Gibb
9. Eilidh Adams
10. Anna Dickov
11. Tegan Bowie
20. Phoebe Friend
22. Carys Grieve
1. Rebecca Stevenson
2. Kate Nicholson
4. Abby Meikle
5. Eva Gray
6. Elvie McLean
7. Niamh Scott
9. Emma Kennedy
10. Caitlyn Paterson
11. Eve Traynor
13. Aimee Cockburn
16. Abby Schofield
32. Cerys Gilbride
50. Emma Gullane
Star Player
Hibernian Girls
Central Girls FA
Caley Gibb – Enjoyed a lot of the ball and showcased excellent vision and composure on the ball. She helped Hibs dominate the midfield alongside Amy Hay, both grabbing two goals each.
Emma Kennedy – She pressed the Hibs defenders very well, especially in the first half and was unlucky not to have a goal or two to show for it.
Magic Moment
Hibernian Girls
Central Girls FA
Hay's second goal was a brilliant effort and restored Hibs' momentum after they had been pegged back.
McLean's goal came at a vital point for Central and gave them a well deserved route back into the match.
Club Views
Hibernian Girls
Central Girls FA
"We've just gone into a Performance League in the West, so the standard has went up for us. It's good, it's more challenging, but we've done really well, we've not conceded any goals and won our first two games so we're off to a flyer."

"We know what they're all about, they know what we're all about. They're a hard team to break down and first half they were probably the better side. Second half we back in, we regrouped and we managed to get a couple of early goals. I think if we'd ever got the early goals it would've been a different story."
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