Hearts Women made it two wins from two in the Scottish Building Society SWPL 2 after sweeping aside Hutchison Vale 9-0 yesterday.
Building upon last week’s opening day victory at Hamilton Accies, the Jambos were in dominant form at Oriam and were out of sight by half time, going in 6-0 up at the break.
Hearts took the lead after 11 minutes after Kara Kidd took advantage of a Hutchie Vale defender’s heavy touch to find Caroline Heron, who weaved her way to the edge of the box before looping an effort over the stranded goalkeeper and into the back of the net.
By the half-hour mark it was 2-0. Rachel Walkingshaw’s corner was sent back across the six-yard box and Heron was on hand to head home her second of the game.
A minute later the Jambos were 3-0 up after taking advantage of some slack defending. The Hutchie defence failed to clear Walkingshaw’s corner and after some six-yard box pinball, Lauren Evans was able to stab the ball over the line from close range.
The floodgates had opened by this point, with Claire Delworth getting on the end of Ashley Carse’s cross to fire a sweet right-foot finish beyond the keeper before Carse then ran on to Evans’ ball over the top of the defence to lob the outrushing goalkeeper and make it 5-0.
There was still time before the half was out to grab another. Walkingshaw tore down the right to float a cross into the middle for the unmarked Carse to nod her second and Hearts’ sixth.
There was no let up after the restart as Hearts picked up where they left off, getting on the scoresheet again after only three minutes. Evans showed great strength to win the ball and carry it all the way from the edge of the Hearts box into the Hutchie penalty area and squared it to Mariel Kaney, who had time to take a touch before prodding home.
Hutchie Vale’s afternoon went from bad to worse with 20 minutes remaining when they conceded a penalty, after Heron’s close-range shot was blocked by a visiting defender’s arm, and Danni Pagliarulo made no mistake from the spot, tucking her penalty into the far right corner and leaving the ‘keeper rooted to the spot.
The Jambos rounded off a comfortable afternoon with a ninth goal in the 76th minute. Lauren Hall latched on to Walkingshaw’s clever ball down the channel and middled for Heron, who unselfishly squared it first time to Carse who rolled home to seal her hat-trick.
The win sees the Jam Tarts top the league with six points, two points ahead of second-placed Glasgow Girls.
Next up for Hearts Women is an Edinburgh derby clash with Hibs after the two sides were paired together in the first-round of the League Cup.
The match takes place on Sunday, February 24th at Ainslie Park, kick off is 1pm.
Hearts: Mutch, Pagliarulo, Hunter, Delworth, Kidd, Walkingshaw, McAvoy, Kaney, Evans, Heron, Carse. Subs: Parker-Smith, Hall, Paterson, Smith, Dodds, Horn.
Photos courtesy of Ron MacNeill