On a slightly breezy night at Pinkie Playing Fields, this cup semi-final lived up to all expectations with a cracking end-to-end match worthy of the final itself.
Musselburgh started brightly with a couple of corners, with Striker Livingstone heading wide from one of them. Hibs responded and drew saves from Shakira in the Musselburgh goal.
Seven minutes in and Musselburgh came the closest to opening the scoring when Windsor Captain Knox hit the crossbar. Both teams exchanged corners and Hibs had a penalty claim turned down. Both keepers were busy with the action toing and froing between the teams.
Hibs opened the scoring in the 15th minute when a free kick on the right by the number 8 was headed home by number 10.
Musselburgh kept their composure and three minutes later were back in the game when a run and shot from Livingstone brought the home team level. However, a minute later Hibs restored their one-goal advantage when a shot from the Hibs number 8 was saved by Windsor Keeper Law but the rebound fell to the Hibs number 10 for her second goal of the evening.
More great play from both teams brought an exhilarating first half to a close.
HALF-TIME: Musselburgh 1-2 Hibernian
Musselburgh made a couple of substitutions at half-time and the game continued in similar fashion to the first half as both teams continued to combine great passing football, dogged defence and spirited play.
Both Hibs and Windsor keepers continued to thwart their opponents with excellent saves. Five minutes into the second half Law picked up an injury after a clash with a Hibs player. She carried on but it turned out after the game that she’d played on with a fractured ankle.
Windsor came into the game more and more as they searched for an equalizer and halfway through the second half and it was Livingstone who scored the equaliser after another great run and shot through the keeper’s legs brought it to 2-2.
Two minutes later a carbon copy of that goal put Musselburgh ahead when Livingstone received a pass from Brotherston in defence once again showed great footwork to smash the ball passed the helpless Hibs keeper and put the home team in front for the first time and complete her hat-trick. [3-2]
Livingstone almost got her fourth when a similar move saw her shot ricochet off the post. Moments later Windsor’s McCulloch saw her fierce drive hit the crossbar.
Musselburgh held on for a great victory against a strong and skilful Hibs team. It was the classic game that nobody deserved to lose and was a brilliant advert for girl’s football.
FULL-TIME: Musselburgh 3-2 Hibs
Report: Paul Johnston
Picture: Musselburgh Windsor Girls FC