Forfar Farmington put in a spirited performance on Sunday but valiantly fell to a 3-0 against Hibernian in their final game before the summer break.
An Abi Harrison hat trick sealed all three points for the title challengers however a bright note for Farmington was the debut of 14 year old Zoe Moreland.
A depleted squad saw Mark Nisbet name just three fit players on the bench with Sophie Milligan and Amy Gallacher forced off due to knocks during the game, continuing the side’s unlucky streak of injuries as of late.
Hibs had the first chance of the game two minutes in when Sarah Ewens saw her effort from long range fail to be on target.
Amy Gallacher came close to the opener three minutes later when she gathered the ball at the edge of the box before letting fly but keeper Jenna Fife scrambled to push the effort wide.
The hosts did take the lead after twelve minutes; Abi Harrison nodding home unmarked from a Rachel McLauchlan cross.
Harrison had another chance soon after but failed to test Fiona McNicoll, firing straight at her.
McNicoll pulled off a great block in the 18th minute to deny Lizzie Arnot; Ewens setting the Scotland internationalist up but McNicoll was there to block her shot. A counter attack led to a Forfar chance however Holly Napier could only shoot into Fife’s arms.
McLauchlan should have put Hibs further ahead on the half hour mark after connecting with an Arnot cross but she couldn’t divert the ball towards goal and it trickled past the post.
The midfielder had another chance shortly after when she curled over from just outside the box before McNicoll and the Forfar defence made sure there was only one goal in it at half time, denying Harrison twice and Arnot again; the ball eventually being turned wide.
Forfar were dealt a blow at half time with Sophie Milligan being forced off with a hamstring injury, Kayleigh Brough replacing her.
Three minutes after the restart and Hibs doubled their advantage; Emma Brownlie creating space to send a cross into the box and Harrison was on hand to flick a header into the bottom corner.
Despite the scoreline, Forfar were defending well with Nicola Davidson and Megan McCarthy impressing.
Clare Williamson tried her luck from long range but saw her effort fly over the bar in the 61st minute.
Seven minutes later and Harrison completed her hat trick for the hosts; combining with Brownlie again, the defender cut the ball to the edge of the box for Harrison to curl a low shot past the keeper.
Chances were few and far between following Hibs’ third goal, with Lizzie Arnot coming close twice in the final twenty minutes, both efforts from outside the box and failed to threaten McNicoll.
Results elsewhere went Forfar’s way, meaning there is no change at the bottom of the league heading into the summer break. The next fixture for Forfar is on July 31st when they will travel to New Broomfield to face Glasgow City.
Hibernian: Jenna Fife, Clare Williamson, Siobhan Hunter, Lizzie Arnot, Cailin Michie, Sarah Ewens (Caroline Heron 46), Rachel McLauchlan (Shannon Leishman 81), Joelle Murray (Zoe Johnstone 81), Abi Harrison (Ellis Notley 81), Heather Richards, Emma Brownlie
Subs not used: Lia Tweedie, Lisa Robertson, Kirsty Smith
Forfar Farmington: Fiona McNicoll, Sophie Milligan (Kayleigh Brough 46), Jade McLaren, Lindsey Dunbar, Amy Gallacher (Stephanie Milne 74), Holly Napier, Nicola Davidson, Alana Bruce, Megan McCarthy, Julia Scott (Zoe Moreland 84), Ann Taylor
Subs not used: Robyn Smith, Kirsty Deans