City have a Lark in the capital

City have a Lark in the capital

Hibernian 1
Eddie 24

Glasgow City 3
Larkin 1, 30
Kozak 59

Glasgow City were in the festive mood as they began their December schedule with a well deserved 3-1 win over Hibernian at Meadowbank.

A brace from Abbi Larkin (1, 30) and Kinga Kozak (59) sealed the win for the away with Leah Eddie (24) responding for the visitors.

The rain was torrential in Edinburgh as head coach Leanne Ross made four changes to her side with the likes of Lee Gibson and Linda Motlhalo returning to her starting XI.

And City got off to the ideal start when a good run from Lauren Davidson saw her arrive in the box and feed Larkin in the box, with the Irish international blasting home her first goal for the club with barely a minute on the clock.

Motlhalo would then go close with a curled effort before Michaela McAlonie's venomous drive almost levelled the score inside 12 minutes as she cannoned her shot off the inside of the City post.

The home side would level shortly afterwards though when Eddie met an in swinging corner to nod home beyond Gibson.

Hibs joy was short lived though and once again City took the lead through Larkin's second goal of the game when she lifted a shot into the top corner after meeting an excellent Amy Muir pull back.

Davidson's ball across goal almost saw City grab a third before half but it clipped the far post as it flew past those waiting on the area.

After the break, Mothalo would go close again twice after meeting a cross before the ball fell back to her inches from goal but, off balance, her volley flew over the crossbar. She was denied by a fingertip save again seconds later.

An excellent counter attack from City would hand them a much deserved two goal on the hour when Davidson ran at the Hibs backline and fed Motlhaloc who played a perfect pass into the path of Kozak who finished the move off by placiing into the far corner.

With Hibs pushing for a way back into the game, Davidson would twice go close for City after her high press won the ball back, however, the side netting and a good save from Katie Fraine would deny last season's SWPL top scorer.

As the game petered out, Shannon McGregor almost pulled back a last gasp goal after robbing Muir on the edge of the area but her drive could only find the side netting.

City stay in third after their third win in a row ahead of next week's final game of 2023 against Partick Thistle.

City: Gibson, Oscarsson (Warrington 90), Weir, Wardlaw, Muir, Fulton (Love 64), Lauder, Kozak (Gambone 80), Motlhalo, Davidson. Larkin.

Hibs: Fraine, Doran-Barr (Adams 67), Lawson, Eddie, Christie, Powell, Fergson (Hunter 67), McGregor, McAlonie, Livingstone, Baucom.

 

 

 

 

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