Hearts through but Hibs' run of Women's Scottish Cup finals ends
Hearts are in the semi-final of the Women’s Scottish Cup after a 2-1 win over Kilmarnock - but city rivals Hibs couldn’t join them.
Maria McAleny scored a goal in either half to send the Jambos through to the final four - and was denied a hat-trick by the crossbar with another free-kick that went close.
Hearts had the ball in the net early at the Oriam but Lia Tweedie’s header was ruled out for offside. The home side did go ahead though, when Tweedie turned provider just before the half-hour mark and McAleny drove in the opener with her left foot.
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Kilmarnock however hit back, shortly after half-time with a well-taken volley from Alex Middleton but McAleny restored the advantage and ensured continued Cup progress with a powerful winner 15 minutes from time.
The same couldn’t be said for Hibs however despite an improved second half performance.
The 2019 runners-up and eight-time winners trailed Partick Thistle 2-0 at half-time and were further behind by the time Shannon Leishman pulled one back in the 53rd minute at Petershill Park.
Although the quick-fire response to conceding the third sparked an improvement, and Michaela Mcalonie added a second goal for Dean Gibson’s side, heading in at the back post, Hibs had given themselves too much to do in the first half and conceded again in a 4-2 exit.
Elsewhere holders Glasgow City left it late to defeat Stirling University, running up a healthy 8-0 scoreline. That only tells half the story though as the students kept City out for the entire first half but a goal straight from the restart through Lauren Davidson opened the floodgates.
Further strikes from Hayley Lauder, Jenna Clark, two from Kerry Beattie and a Priscila Chinchilla hat-trick ensured the nine-time winners progressed.
The competition was last staged in 2019 when City defeated Hibs in the final but due to the covid pandemic the competition was not staged in 2020 or 2021.
The one remaining semi-final spot will be decided on Sunday when Aberdeen host Celtic to complete the line-up.