Hibernian beat Rangers for the second time in two weeks….
Report: Hibernian FC and Picture: Craig Doyle
A signature Lucy Graham header in the 58th minute was enough to see Hibs through to the next round.
The game went off to a fast start, with Rangers placing a shot just wide seconds after kicking off. This was to set the tone of the match, as whenever there wasn’t a dangerous attack from either team, it seemed there was one impending.
Not long into the match, new signing Jamie-Lee Napier did well to outmuscle her opponent and win the ball far up the pitch. Her cross managed to find Katey Turner who narrowly missed the goal. Hibs were to continue pushing for an opener and the domination of possession allowed them to create more chances like these.
Twenty-two minutes in, Kirsty Smith used her pace to skip round defenders and attempt to get a shot on goal but it was no issue for Rangers’ goalkeeper who held on tight. Ten minutes later Lucy Graham found herself on the end of an Emma Brownlie corner and connected well with the header but the goalkeeper managed to punch the ball away off the line.
Shortly before half time another set piece from Brownlie met the head of Abi Harrison but again, Ramsay was there to secure the threat.
The teams went in to half time all square with both sides creating chances, but it was Hibs who had dominated possession and posed more of a threat.
Rangers looked close to taking the lead after a defensive error almost seen them through on goal, but Ellis Notley was there to recover and win back the ball which she did many times in her unusual centre-back position.
Ten minutes into the second half Harrison was able to curl an effort towards the top corner but Ramsay was once again there to protect Rangers’ clean sheet. Shortly after, Hibs found themselves with a corner kick. After a short one-two with Chelsea Cornet, Brownlie once more whipped the ball into the box and this time Graham was to make sure it hit the back of the net.
The goal definitely gave Hibs more confidence as they continued to push for a second. Ten minutes after scoring, Graham nearly doubled her goal tally after lunging at a low cross but she was unable to get enough power to trouble the keeper.
There was a scare for Hibs in the late stages of the match after a Rangers shot from just wide of the 6-yard line zooms past the defence and ‘keeper but no Rangers player was able to meet it to ensure it did not go wide.
The win for Hibs extends their 100% record this season and secures their place in the semi-final with intentions of retaining the cup.
Hibernian: Reid, Napier, Robertson (C), Smith, McLauchlan, Graham, Notley, Turner, Cornet, Harrison, Brownlie. Substitutions: Fife, Michie, Arnot, Murray, Reilly, Tweedie.