Capital gains for Celts with brilliant 6-2 win at Hibs


By Daylin Docherty

Celtic Women thrashed Hibernian as they put on a clinical performance in the capital once again this season

It was only three weeks ago the Ghirls ran out 10-0 winners against Hearts at the Oriam, however, this time Fran Alonso's side hammered home six goals past Hibernian in what was deemed to be a close encounter prior to the game.

Goals from Jodie Bartle, Lisa Robertson, Natalie Ross, Summer Green and a brace from Anita gave the Hoops all three points in the capital to keep up their superb start to the season. Hibernian got goals through Rachel Boyle and Charlotte Potts.

Celtic travelled through to Ainslie Park hoping to make it four-wins-in-a-row before the international break going up against a Hibernian team who had won two of their opening four games.

The Hoops went ahead with their first real chance of the game in the 12th minute and it was a noteworthy one for Bartle. After being denied by the referee's whistle last week in the Glasgow Derby, she finally got her first goal for the Celts after she nodded in a perfectly delivered corner by Natalie Ross.

It was double delight three minutes later for Fran Alonso's side, Rachel Donaldson won the ball high up the pitch before sliding through Anita who superbly chipped Sophie Allison in goal, to make it two for Celtic and two for the Spaniard this season.

Hibernian managed to get back into the game through Boyle who pegged one back from the penalty spot on 20 minutes. Ross fouled Adams and the referee had no hesitation to point to the spot. Boyle stepped up and stroked it past Logan who conceded her first goal since the opening weekend against Glasgow City.

Sarah Ewens looked to get on the scoresheet to further Celtic's advantage after she cut in from the right hand side, drifted past the Hibs defence but her low show was tipped wide by Allison.

It was three for the Celts on 36 minutes once again through the Spaniard, Anita. Green once again industrious in midfield, drove forward into the Hibs penalty box and unleashed a low shot on goal which was parried to the feet of Anita who tapped it in.

Celtic were running rampant in the capital once again. Ross played the ball left to former Hibee, Robertson, who from 35 yards, let loose a wonderfully hit shot that was never going to be stopped by Allison in goal. Her first goal for Celtic since moving earlier in the year.

The Hoops made it five just before half-time astonishingly when Green chipped a long ball forward over the heads of the Hibernian defence to Ross who then ran onto the ball and stroked the ball into bottom corner. A stunning first half for the Ghirls.

Hibernian came out in the second half hoping to put their worrying display in the first period behind them and they managed to reduce the deficit through Potts after a corner was delivered into the box but it was poorly cleared by Anita to the feet of Potts who fired the ball past Logan.

However, the reduced deficit only lasted three minutes as Green, high on her late dramatic Glasgow Derby winner, played a lovely one-two with Ross before unleashing a powerful strike past Allison to make it a sensational six for the Hoops.

As the Celts looked to see out the game, Hibernian hit the Celtic post after Boyle's low strike threatened to make it three for Hibs but the rebound was cleared away by Caitlin Hayes.

Celtic now head into the international break after winning four of their opening five games. They will face Forfar Farmington at K-Park on Sunday, December 6. 

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