By: Hibernian Media on 12 Oct, 2019 07:46
Hibernian Ladies know the prize heading into Sunday's SSE Scottish Women's Cup semi-final against Motherwell.
A place in the final awaits the winner as the Hibees - reigning champions from last season - travel to Forthbank Stadium in Stirling to take on last year's fellow finalists.
The squad have managed to get the better of Stirling University, Heart of Midlothian and Hamilton in their cup journey so far and go into Sunday's game on the back of an emphatic 13-0 win over Forfar Farmington on Tuesday night at the Hibernian Training Centre.
Embarking on his fourth semi-final as Head Coach of Hibernian, Grant Scott described his excitement.
He said: “Semi-finals are always special. You can’t fail to feel the excitement knowing that you’re one victory away from another final.
“However, the prep at this stage for me is the same as any game. We have to give the players as much information as we can on our opponents, set out some game-plan ideas and only a victory allows me to enjoy the occasion.”
With the club retaining the SWPL Cup earlier this year, Scott credited his squad for their impressive record in cup competition.
He added: “I’ve said in recent times the Hibs teams achieving such a good record in the cups deserves recognition and immense credit and this current squad is no different.
“Retaining the league cup earlier in the season and now reaching the semi-final of the Scottish once again shows the consistency we strive for.
“It’s a great achievement by this squad of players. We’re delighted to be in the semi but we're looking to take it one stage further.”
The two semi-finalists met recently in the Scottish Women’s Premier League with Hibernian earning a 2-0 win away at Ravenscraig but Scott believes Sunday’s match will be a new challenge.
Scott said: “It’s useful that we have seen Motherwell recently, but no two games are the same.
“We’ve had a look at some of their players current form and that’s about it. I’m sure Donald Jennow will have a different plan from the last game.”
Scott concluded by describing what it would mean for this squad to reach another cup final.
“Reaching the final would be unbelievable once again.
“This is yet another special group of players, with so many promising and exciting youngsters with a sprinkle of experience thrown-in and I’m extremely honoured to lead them. I want to make that final as much as the players.”
Hibernian continue their defence of the SSE Scottish Women's Cup when the action gets underway at 3:30pm. Tickets cost £5 for adults, £2 for concessions and Under-12s can go for free.
Report: David Ronney.
Image: Craig Doyle Media/Hibernian Ladies.
The squad would love to have your support at the Forthbank Stadium this Sunday.