Hibernian Ladies recorded a comfortable 5-0 win over Stirling University on Sunday as preparations stepped up for the upcoming UEFA Champions League match.
The Ladies played their first game of the season at Easter Road Stadium ahead of their tie with Bayern Munich, to be played at the stadium on Wednesday 5 October, and goals from Lucy Graham, Kirsty Smith, Rachel McLauchlan, Lisa Robertson and Sarah Ewens gave Chris Roberts’ side the victory.
The game started slowly with neither side creating much by way of chances. Lizzie Arnot came closest in the opening exchanges, firing over after 5 minutes following good build-up play with Abi Harrison.
The deadlock was broken after 35 minutes; Graham rising highest in the box to connect with a looping cross and sneaking the header into the front post.
Stirling were almost level shortly before the interval, with Fife tipping a header onto the crossbar, but were made to pay for the missed chance. The ball was cleared and Hibs broke at pace, with left back Smith holding her run to gather the through ball and slot past the keeper.
Hibernian put the game beyond doubt after 54 minutes. Arnot delivered a fantastic cross from the left for McLauchlan to fire home from close range.
It was four shortly after the hour mark, with a rare goal from vice-captain Robertson. The midfielder broke through the centre of the park and maintained her composure to slot past the keeper.
Substitute Ewens completed the scoring on the 90th minute with a lovely volley over the keeper.
Highlights from the match will be available on Hibs TV early in the week.
Remember tickets for the UEFA Women’s Champions League tie with Bayern Munich are now on sale. The first leg will be played at Easter Road on Wednesday 5 October, with a 7.30pm kick-off
Starting XI: Fife, Williamson, Robertson, Arnot, Smith, McLauchlan, Graham, Cornet, Murray (C), Harrison, Brownlie
Substitutes: Hunter, Tweedie, Michie, Heron, Ewens, Small
Reported by Hibernian Media
Picture: Callum Landells