A first-half masterclass capped off a perfect week for Fran Alonso’s Celtic as they ran out 6-2 winners over Hibernian in the SPFL 1.
First-half strikes from Jodie Bartle (12), Anita Marcos (15, 36), Lisa Robertson (39), Natalie Ross (45) and Summer Green (53) gave the Ghirls the win, with Rachael Boyle (21) and Charlotte Potts (52) replying for the hosts.
There was only one change for Celtic, as Anita came back into the side in place of Keeva Keenan. Meanwhile, Eilidh Adams and Kirsty Morrison came in for Hibs.
While the home side dominated the opening ten minutes, they were shell-shocked when Celtic flew into an early lead. Defender Bartle headed Celtic into the lead from a corner on 12, before Anita escaped the offside trap to chip wonderfully over Sophie Allison only two minutes later.
Hibs rallied and were awarded a penalty when Adams was barged over in the area. Boyle stepped up to make no mistake from 12-yards.
Hibs not Enough to Fight off Celtic
Potts almost drew level minutes later when she saw her shot go agonisingly over the bar. But Celtic made Hibs pay when Anita tapped in from close range on 36.
The goal of the game came from Celtic’s Lisa Robertson. She blasted home a superb shot from all of 30-yards to extend her team’s lead. Natalie Ross’ superb finish put Celtic further ahead in first-half injury time.
Once again, Hibs showed plenty of character in the second half. They managed to snatch another goal back when Potts poked home from close range. However, Celtic fired another sucker punch when Green hit a 20-yard drive beyond Allison.
The win puts the Ghirls top of the pile in the SPFL 1 ahead of the international break. Hibernian will look to bounce back from three losses by defeating arch-rivals Hearts in two weeks.
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