Hibernian 0-3 Rangers - Match Report

By Courtney Mack
 May 20, 2021

It was a day for the defenders as Rangers’ centre-backs, Carly Girasoli and Brianna Westrup grabbed three goals to seal three points. It was a dominant display from Malky Thomson’s side to bring Hibernian’s winning streak to a halt. 

19-year-old Girasoli got the goals going with two first half headers that came from perfectly placed corners. Before going off injured in the second half, she was close to making it a hat-trick when her headed attempt at goal rattled the crossbar. 

Her fellow defender, Brianna Westrup made it three in the 79th minute with a wonderful first-time effort into the far corner. The passage of play came from a free kick taken by Brownlie that came off the Hibs wall. Sam Kerr used a burst of pace to retrieve the loose ball and get the pass into Westrup. With the side of her right foot, the American centre-back guided the ball effortlessly past Emily Mutch.

Head Coach, Malky Thomson made no starting changes to his team that won 5-0 against Spartans on Sunday. Laura McCartney made way for Rachel McLauchlan on the substitutes bench. 

There was plenty of changes throughout the game. Ness, Hay and Arnot were all replaced with O’Neill, McLauchlan and Devi. Due to her injury, Girasoli was replaced by Chantelle Swaby, and Bourma switched for Gemmell.

The ‘finishers’ as Malky likes to call them, all made an impactful contribution to the match. Sonia O’Neill looked certain to score from a long-range effort, but Mutch just got her fingertips to it. Despite having to change their style of play to suit the pitch, Rangers adapted well and looked comfortable enough throughout.

A 3-0 win in the capital means that the Light Blues hang on to their 2nd place spot in the table and remain four points behind Glasgow City. They host Celtic at home on Sunday for a chance to get a firm hand on Champions League football, and possibly the title. With two Old Firm losses this season, the Gers have one last chance to get their revenge on their rivals.

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