By: Hibernian Media on 11 May, 2018 10:10
Hibernian face rivals Glasgow City for the third time in four weeks this Sunday. Check out all the essential information for that match below.
Competition: Scottish Building Society SWPL.
Location: Petershill Park, G21 4DD.
KO time: 2.10PM.
Admission: £5 Adults, £2 Concessions.
How Have They Been Doing?
Glasgow City have made an expected strong start to their 2018 campaign. After six games, last season’s league champions currently sit top of the table on 16 points. Despite having the same amount of points as Hibernian, City’s superior goal difference, +14 compared to Hibs’ +11, means they remain top.
However, they suffered an exit from the SWPL Cup at the hands of Hibernian at the semi final stage two weeks ago which certainly would have been a blow to Scott Booth’s side’s ambitions for the season.
City’s two stand-out performances this term so far have been a 6-0 demolition of Stirling University on the opening day of the season and, more recently, a 3-0 away victory over Celtic.
Hibernian’s and City’s form has been almost identical in recent weeks, with that SWPL Cup Semi Final proving to be the only difference.
W - 3-0 vs Stirling University
W - 3-1 vs Glasgow City
W - 3-1 vs Celtic
D - 2-2 vs Glasgow City
W - 1-0 vs Rangers
W - 3-0 vs Celtic
L - 3-1 vs Hibernian
W - 1-0 vs Forfar Farmington
D - 2-2 vs Hibernian
W - 3-0 vs Spartans
Scotland’s heavyweights locked horns only two weeks ago in the SWPL Cup Semi Final at the Falkirk Stadium with Hibernian running out 3-1 winners after a fantastic team performance and individual brilliance from Abi Harrison.
The striker netted a hat-trick with two first half goals and an early second half header which sealed Hibs’ place in the final. There were heroics at the other end as well with Hannah Reid saving a crucial penalty when the game was at 0-0.
Sam Kerr netted a consolation goal for City on 67 minutes but a full comeback could not be mustered.
We were recently treated to a Hibernian vs Glasgow City classic in the first meeting of the 2018 season. The SBS SWPL and ended in a 2-2 draw after a dramatic match at Ainslie Park.
Hibernian opened the scoring through Jamie-Lee Napier. However, City equalised after a Leanne Ross penalty and then took the lead with five minutes left to play through Donna Paterson.
But in the dying moments, Hibernian striker Abi Harrison fired a fantastic effort over Lee Alexander from an impossible angle to rescue a point for the Edinburgh side.
What’s at Stake?
A win for either side this Sunday puts them clear at the top of the SBS SWPL table and three points ahead of the other. We’ve seen in the past that often the league champions are decided through these encounters so a victory would be massive for either side.
Long story short - a lot.
Ones to Watch
Both Hibernian and Glasgow City are littered with talent and internationalists.
For City, keep a close eye on Abbi Grant. The forward has enjoyed a great run of form recently which has been recognised by Scotland Head Coach, Shelley Kerr.
Hibernian fans should be excited to see forward Lizzie Arnot again at the weekend. After a long time out through injury, Hibernian’s No. 7 has made a brilliant return in the last three games, setting up Harrison’s third in the SWPL Cup Semi Final and also netting in last week’s 3-0 win over Stirling University.
Where to Tune In
Those who can’t make it to Petershill Park but would still like to stay updated with the top of the table SBS SWPL clash can do so via Hibernian’s twitter. Give the team a follow at @HibsLadies for match day coverage, highlights, news updates and more.
Thoughts From The Camp
"Following last weekend's result, as a team we are really looking forward to the upcoming game, especially with it being a top of the table clash.
"Bringing our focus back to the league, we are looking to continue our 100% winning streak. We know our capabilities and are brimming with confidence. Although we achieved a comfortable league cup win against Glasgow City two weeks ago, it is key that we are not complacent.
"Having struggled in previous years with topping the league table, we are hoping to turn that around this season and in order to achieve this we must perform to our very best as we know the threats City pose.
"After a good week of hard work at training we are fully prepared for the challenge and hoping to gain a vital three points to sit top of the table by Sunday night."
"We have another tough match in prospect this week. We’ve worked hard all week and we are now looking forward to the match.
"We’re well aware how evenly matched the two sides are so hopefully we can produce a solid performance as we know any slips ups will be punished by City.
"It feels a shame that the fixtures have thrown us together three times in the last month especially for spectators who look forward to the fixture but the players are strong enough to deal with it and we’ll be ready."