By: Hibernian Media on 19 May, 2017 16:50
Hibernian Ladies Head Coach Chris Roberts says that his side are feeling good heading into Sunday’s SWPL Cup Final against Celtic at Broadwood, which kicks off at 4:10pm.
Celtic will be a familiar foe to Chris’ side, having already played the Glasgow outfit on two occasions this season, both of which ended in victory for Hibernian.
Because of this, Chris is more than aware of the threats that David Haley’s team possess, and knows that his side will need to be at their very best to lift the trophy at the end of the game.
He said: “We feel really good going into the final. It’s a big game for us. Of course we won the trophy last year so we’d love to retain it.
“Celtic are a top team and we’ve faced them twice already, both games have been tight and both were victories for Hibs which is great, but it will be a really tough game and definitely a big one.
“It will be a physical game as Celtic are a strong team and the previous matches have taken a lot out of our players. We’ll need to match them physically and then get on the ball and pass it about because we are technically a very good side.
“Because they are a very good side we’ll have to be at our best. We have been in the previous matches and got the goals in the second half of both games to win them, so we’ll definitely need to be at our best.”
2016 was a successful year for Hibernian Ladies as they completed a domestic double, winning both cup competitions in gripping finals against Glasgow City.
This is part of a journey that Chris sees his team being on – one where they can become serial winners and add to their trophy haul from the last campaign.
Defeating East Fife, Rangers and Glasgow City en route to Sunday’s final indicates that it is a task the players are taking in their stride as they look to retain the trophy on 21 May.
“It would be a great achievement to retain the trophy. Last year when we won the league cup, it was about continuing to win things and being serial winners” said the Head Coach.
He continued: “To then go and win the Scottish Cup later in the year, we started that journey and we want to be a team and club that continues to win things and bring trophies back to Easter Road.
“It’s huge for us to try and retain the trophy, to make sure that we continue on that level of success. Of course, being the 21st of May it would be great to have a trophy coming back to Easter Road on that famous day!”
Supporters heading to Broadwood will be able to pay at the gate, with a cost of £5 for adults, £2 for concessions and free admission for children under 16.
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