Hibernian Girls did a smash and grab in this very competitive match when they scored in the last minute to secure a 3-2 victory against Murieston United CFC.
Goals from Gabby Anderson and Nicole Jamieson (2) for Hibs was enough to take all three points in this Frankie Brown League fixture with Katie Barrie claiming a double for Murieston.
Murieston got this game underway but it was Hibs who had the first effort of the game when Jaqueline McLure fired in a shot from distance which saw the ball finishing on the roof of the net. Two minutes later and Hibs should have hit the front when Deborah Hendry made a good run into the box but her lob shot over the out rushing Megan Debra Ingles went just wide of the left hand post.
Hibs who had started the brighter of the two teams opened the scoring on eight minutes after Hendry picked the ball up on the left side and found Lucy Black on the edge of the box. Black then squared the ball to Gabby Anderson who drove into the box and fired home into the right hand side of Ingles goal from six yards out.
Hendry won a corner for the home side after her shot from the edge of the box was deflected behind which led to the home side forcing three successive corners. It was third time lucky after skipper Caitlan Lowe fired in a in-swinging corner from the left which was met by the stooping Nicola Jamieson to head home from close range to double Hibs lead on 14 minutes.
Murieston were finding it difficult to cope with the Hibs movement and the girls in green and white nearly increased their lead on 17 minutes. Jade Stenhouse found Anderson, who played the ball to her right for Hendry who fired a low shot towards the left hand corner. Ingles in the Murieston goal did brilliantly to get down low at full stretch to get her hand to the ball and then scoop it into her body.
The visitors first real attempt on game came on 18 minutes when Barrie stung the fingers of Dean in the Hibs goal from 18 yards out which she tipped over the bar. The resulting corner was played in by Shannyn Masterson and with a free header, Hayley-Ann Crook failed to hit the target and put the ball wide.
Murieston then got themselves right back into the game on 23 minutes through a great individual goal from Barrie. The tall Murieston striker picked the ball up on the right side and after driving into the right side of the box, fired an unstoppable strike leaving Dean in the home goal with no chance.
The West Lothian side had a great opportunity on 27 minutes to level after the quick thinking Taylor Hogg played a free kick into Barrie who if she had struck the ball with her left first time, would have possibly scored. Unfortunately she brought the ball back onto to her favoured right and the chance was gone.
Into the last five minutes of the half and Hibs came inches away from increasing their goal tally when Andersons’ shot struck the juncture of the bar and post after she was played in by Hendry and it was Hendry who was involved with the last action of the half. Finding herself one-on-one with Ingles she drove in towards goal but the Murieston keeper done brilliantly to save bravely at her feet to ensure her team only went in to the break one goal behind.