SWPL1: Hibs and Spartans show incredible fighting spirit

Hibs scored an injury-time equaliser to grab a deserved draw against Celtic, while Spartans’ super subs helped them fight back from two down to beat Aberdeen on a day of drama in SWPL1.

Sunday, 16th January 2022, 8:22 pm
Updated Sunday, 16th January 2022, 11:46 pm

Ellis Notley scrambled home from a corner in the 92nd minute to salvage a dramatic 1-1 draw for Dean Gibson’s side, who had goalkeeper Emily Mutch to thank for another superb penalty save, this time from Celtic captain Chloe Craig.

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After missing the penalty, Celtic had taken the lead thanks to a Charlie Wellings strike shortly before half-time, but Hibs rallied and were rewarded for their fighting spirit with a leveller at the death. They stay in fourth place.

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Spartans are now just one place behind in fifth after Debbi McCulloch’s side staged an incredible comeback to beat Aberdeen 3-2 and leapfrog the Dons in the table.

Caley Gibb came off the bench to pull one back and two Becky Galbraith headers secured the Capital team’s second league win of the season.

Francesca Ogilvie scored in each half to put Aberdeen in control, but McCulloch responded by making a triple change as Alana Marshall, Gibb and Katie Reilly were introduced from the bench.

Elis Notley celebrates a 92nd minute equaliser to give Hibernian a deserved 1-1 draw against Celtic in SWPL1 at the Tony Macaroni Arena

The changes paid off immediately as Marshall set up to Gibb to make 2‐1 and crossed for Galbraith to head home an equaliser.

Five minutes after the subs came on it was 2-2. The winner came in the 77th minute when Marshall again caused the damage from the left, Galbraith arriving at the back post to head home her second and complete a hat-tr ick of assists forMarshall.

Caley Gibb came off the bench to score for Spartans