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Hibernian 8 Motherwell 0
Hibernian have won the SSE Scottish Women's Cup for the third year in a row, as well as competing a hat-trick of cup ‘doubles', after an overwhelming victory over Motherwell in the Final at the Firhill Stadium.
Hibs went into the game on the back of their disappointment of narrowly missing out on the league title seven days earlier, but in determined mood to hang on to the Cup. This was evident as they took the lead just two minutes into the game, Abi Harrison receiving the ball on the edge of the area from Kirsten Reilly before skipping past a challenge and curling her shot past Autumn Farrell and into the corner of the net.
Before Motherwell could recover from the early setback, they found themselves two behind. Rachel McLauchlan burst into the area and crossed for Jamie-Lee Napier to force the ball home at the far post.
The SWPL 2 title winners were finding it hard to contain Harrison and the striker was on hand to score her second from close range after Chelsea Cornet had won the ball from a corner.
Hibs were dealt a blow when Harrison was forced off with what appeared to be a hamstring injury but her replacement, Lauren Davidson made a quick impact as she chased a long ball forward and got away from Maxine Welsh before coolly tucking her shot past the advancing Farrell to make it four.
Farrell made a good save from Cornet but the fifth goal soon came as Welsh, who had moments earlier made a goal line clearance from Napier, unfortunately diverted a McLauchlan cross past her own keeper.
A rampant Hibs side then made it six just before half time, Cailin Michie running towards goal and drawing the attention of three Motherwell defenders before beating Farrell with a low accurate shot inside the near post.
There was no let up from Hibernian as the second half began and they further increased their lead with six minutes. A deep cross by the excellent McLauchlan was headed in at the far post by Napier.
McLauchlan was again heavily involved just after the hour mark, a jinking run taking her past three defenders before her shot was blocked by the legs of Farrell, with Napier following up to tap into the empty net. That goal sealed a hat-trick for Napier, a real ‘poacher's effort with the combined distances of her three goals likely to have reached the edge of the six yard box.
To their credit, Motherwell dug in and made sure they did not concede any more goals. Farrell twice saved well from Davidson, McLauchlan lifted a glorious chance over the bar and Ellis Notley hit the bar with a header in injury time. Hibs could finally begin their celebrations though as they kept their iron grip on the competition and lifted the new look trophy. It had been a sobering occasion for Motherwell but it must not be forgotten that they have had a tremendous season which ended with a league title and promotion, as well as a first ever Cup Final appearance.
Hibernian: Jenna Fife, Emma Brownlie (sub Clare Williamson 79mins), Cailin Michie, Siobhan Hunter (sub Ellis Notley 59mins), Joelle Murray, Lisa Robertson, Rachel McLauchlan, Chelsea Cornet (sub Amy Gallacher 59mins), Abi Harrison (sub Lauren Davidson 31mins), Jamie-Lee Napier (sub Ria Tweedie 70mins), Kirsten Reilly.
Motherwell: Autumn Farrell, Ashley Nicolson, Maxine Welsh (sub Caitlin Russell 45mins), Lesley Condie, Katey Turner (sub Lauryn Reside 70mins), Emma Black, Kirsty McLaughlin, Megan Burns, Sammy Hare (sub Kaitlyn Canavan 78mins), Suzanne Mulvey, Hayley Cunningham.
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