Aberdeen 1 v 3 Hibernian Ladies
Hibernian Ladies recorded a 3-1 victory over Aberdeen at the weekend in the penultimate SWPL fixture before the mid-season break writes Richard Payne.
The Hibees went into the match at Heathryfold Park without a number of players as Kirsty Smith, Clare Williamson and Simone McMahon missed out through injury whilst Zoe Johnstone was unwell.
Hibs then found themselves a goal behind early on when Cheryl Anderson put the hosts ahead.
But the girls in green hit back and took all three points thanks to goals from Lia Tweedie, Siobhan Hunter and Abigail Harrison.
Manager Chris Roberts was delighted to see his side maintain their unbeaten start to the league campaign and record victory at a difficult venue.
He commented: “It was a tough day at the office because Aberdeen is always a difficult game as they’re a physical and well-organised team.
“They’ve a lot of talented players, are good at transitioning from defence-into-attack and excellent on the counter-attack.
“They’re formidable at home and our win is only their second league defeat of the season.
“We did it the hard way after failing to deal with the second phase from a ball into the striker, but I was pleased with how quickly we responded.
“The goal took the pressure off and meant that we never really had to chase the game.
“The second half was a fairly tense affair with the second goal coming at a point when we were down to ten players as Shiv was getting treatment.
“Even though we were a player down, the girls were going hell for leather trying to get a goal which typifies the mentality of this team.
“After that, Aberdeen were forced to press high up the park and we were able to pick them off and get that killer third goal.
“It wasn’t the prettiest game but it was the outcome we wanted and it’s another step towards where we want to be.”
Roberts handed youngster Catlin Russell her senior debut late on and believes it will have whetted her appetite to establish herself in the first team.
He said: “Due to the injuries we had we brought in Catlin and it was good for her to be involved and experience being in and around the first team.
“It will give her a flavour of what awaits for her if she works hard and she certainly has the talent.”
Aberdeen: Flaherty, Bruce, Cowper, Murray, Campbell, Small, Fitzpatrick, Paterson, Forrest, Anderson, Stewart.
Hibernian Ladies: Fife, Arthur, Murray, Hunter, Brownlie, Cornet, Graham, Robertson, Arnot, Harrison, Richards. Subs: Reid, Tweedie, Russell.
Referee: Morag Pirie.
Elsewhere, it was also a good weekend for Hibernian Development as they thrashed Murieston United 5-0 at the Hibernian Training Centre.