Hamilton Accies and Hibernian were thrust straight into Scottish Cup action following their summer break, and it was Hibs who progressed through to the next round at Hamilton Palace Sports Ground.
Both teams were fortunate in being able to play in fantastic summer conditions at the Palace Sports Ground. Hibernian’s Mhairi Smith set the tone by scoring within the first minute of the match, and then going on to put another three into the back of the Accies net. Having gone down so soon to an early goal, Hamilton were unable to respond to such a strong Hibs side, their defence was under constant pressure and any possession was broken down almost immediately. The Hibernian defence looked composed and goalkeeper and Scotland internationalist Kirsty Jefferies, fulfilled more of a sweeper style role at times with her accurate spraying of the ball back to the outfield, Hibs thoroughly deserved their seven-goal victory.
The game had only just started when Hibs won a corner kick, the ball was swung into the penalty area and knocked towards goal, Accies keeper Chloe Aitken made the save but Smith was their to blast into the net, 0-1.
After nine minutes, Hibs had their second, when Nicola Waddell bravely won a headed challenge and sent the ball on for Laura Hyde. A nicely weighted pass was sent forward for Smith who then ran goal wards and, one on one with the keeper, slid the balt into the goal for 0-2.
A controversial moment came when Hamilton keeper Aitken picked up a back pass and the referee awarded the visitors a free kick 10 yards from the goal line, the Accies defence edged forward as Waddell struck the crossbar and the kick was retaken, on the second attempt the shot was blocked then cleared to safety. Hibs went onto have several more chances, Megan Kerr heading close from a corner, then Mullen and Smith having shots on goal that the Accies keeper saved.