Motherwell exited the SSE Scottish Women’s Cup at the semi-final stage, as they were defeated 4-1 by an impressive Hibernian.
The re-run of last year’s final, which was won by the Edinburgh side, saw the two go head-to-head for the chance to face Glasgow City.
It started heavily in the opponents’ favour. Motherwell nearly fell behind inside the second minute, with Cavanagh’s volley crashing against the crossbar.
Napier then had the ball in the net moments later for Hibs, only to be correctly ruled offside.
The women of steel could not find a way out of their own half – pinned back by an impressive opposition.
Muir then scored for Hibernian on 21 minutes, when her header flew past Anna Vincenti into the roof of the net.
It was quickly two, with Cavanagh’s driven shot sneaking in at the near post after going past Rolph.
Vincenti made two superb diving saves to deny long-range efforts from Cornet and Boyle, pushing both onto the post.
But Hunter completed the scoring in the first half, she rose highest in the box to make it 3-0 to Hibernian.
The second half started with a speculative effort from Chelsea McEachran. Doing well to find space outside the area, her shot was straight at the keeper.
Hibs added a fourth on 56 minutes in unfortunate circumstances. A Hibs penalty was saved by Vincenti from the spot, only to be left helpless as the follow-up found its way into the net.
Motherwell went close when Lori Gardner turned the defender and blasted the ball past onto the crossbar.
Abby Callaghan then reduced the deficit with a wonderful finish, when her effort went right into the corner on 62 minutes. Gardner’s low drive into the box to find her was inch-perfect.
The match finished with a more advanced and confident Motherwell, who pushed for another goal, but were left to rue a poor start.
Motherwell: Vincenti, Callaghan, Rolph, Rafferty, Doran-Barr, Cairney, Roberts, Adams, Munro, McEachran, Gardner.
Subs: Hunter, Cullan, Crooks, Arbuckle, Fyfe, Otto.