RANGERS had to settle for a point in the opening game of the second half of the season despite dominating play against their Edinburgh rivals.
An early Swanson goal was cancelled out by Hibs’ Lizzie Arnott who later netted again to take the lead. Hill managed to bring the game back to level terms for the home side but despite their valiant efforts couldn’t net the winner they came so close to.
Rangers started the game brightly but were forced into an early change when Megan Foley had to leave the field after only 8 minutes with an ankle injury. This allowed youngster Kirsty Howat to make her debut for the senior teams having stepped up two weeks ago from the U17 side.
Howat quickly found her way in the game and was pivotal in the opening goal. Her good work down the right hand side and cross into the box was struck towards goal by Cuthbert and Swnason latched onto the ball which was parried out by the Hibernian keeper. Moments later the ball was again in the net for the Light Blues.
Howat whipped in a ball from the right side once again and the keeper punched it into her own net, the assistant referee judged that the ball had gone out of play and the goal was disallowed. Soon after a Cuthbert shot look like it was on target to double the lead but instead fired back off the crossbar before being cleared to safety by the Hibs rear guard.
The clinical Hibernian side took advantage of their two chances with fantastic strikes by Arnott to take the lead over SWPL second placed Rangers on 22 and 67 minutes. With 15 minutes to play Rangers got the goal they had been threatening with throughout the second half however as Kathryn Hill finished well from a Cunningham corner.
A disappointed Gillian Campbell spoke after the game: “Credit to a young Hibs side who took their chances well but we felt we had plenty opportunities to win this game and were disappointed not to get all three points. I think we looked good in possession and created lots but were not clinical enough. As always we worked hard off the ball and limited Hibs chances.
Another positive was that Kirsty Howat got her senior debut today and made a fantastic contribution. We look forward now to facing Aberdeen, Glasgow City and Spartans in the coming weeks and continuing to progress on the good form we’ve shown this Season so far.”