By Kenny Boag
The Well were hoping home advantage would give them the edge, but it was not to be for Eddie Wolecki Black’s side as Hibs showed the sort of form which has had them challenging for the title in recent years.
On a cold, showery day in North Lanarkshire, Motherwell forward Abby Callaghan almost caught the visitors’ defence napping as she went close with a looping shot just wide of the right-hand post after only five minutes.
From then on in there was to be little joy for the home side. On 11 minutes Hibs forward Carla Boyce tried an audiations lob from 25 yards that was excellently headed off the line by ex-teammate Lauren Gallon.
It was from the resulting corner that Hibs would start their rout. An excellent delivery from right wing back Amy Muir was only clear as far as Scotland international Rachael Boyle who brilliantly sent a half volley past Motherwell goalkeeper Pollard.
The team from Leith continued to push for that second goal and it was to come on 17 minutes when Boyle delivered a fine cross from a corner that was expertly met by Hibs defender Charlotte Potts who powered high into the net.
Muir – recently called up to Shelley Kerr’s Scotland squad – was being given lots of joy down the right-hand side and that paid off when she drove past the trailing legs of two Well defenders and smashed a lovely shot into the bottom left-hand corner.
The second half more or less started where it left off for the Hibees. Nine minutes in, after more fine work by Muir on the right saw her slide a pass through for Colette Gallacher to finish and make it four.
With it cleat the three points were heading up the M8 the game began to peter out, but Motherwell went close to a consolation goal when captain Katie Rice had a shot from distance well saved by Sophie Allison.
A fine display by Hibs was rounded off when some intricate play down the right saw the ball squirm across the box to the on-rushing Shannon Leishman, who slotted home with the right foot to make it 6-0 for Hibs.