By: Hibernian Media on 12 Oct, 2018 17:15
It’s back to Stirling, and another cup semi-final for Hibernian this weekend, as they take on rivals Glasgow City in the SSE Scottish Women’s Cup, writes Robbie Castle.
Hibernian are on the hunt for another trophy of the year, and their third Scottish Cup in a row.
The two are going toe-to-toe in the league, as it draws to a conclusion, and have already defeated them in the semi-final of the SWPL Cup, before going on to lift the trophy. This is one of the biggest fixtures in Hibernian’s calendar, and cannot be missed.
Competition: SSE Scottish Women’s Cup
Location: Forthbank Stadium, Stirling.
KO time: 12PM, Sunday 14 October 2018
Admission: £5 Adults, £2 Concessions.
Social: #HibsLadies #SSESWCup
How Have They Been Doing?
Glasgow City are going hammer and tongs with Hibernian at the top of the league, separated only by goal difference. It is one of the most exciting seasons to date, and this match is a real clash of the titans.
The Scottish champions are also enjoying a fantastic Champions League run after qualifying from their group and defeating the Cypriot side Somatio Barcelona over two-legs in the Round of 32. The Glasgow side were drawn against Barcelona (yes, the Spanish one) in the last 16, with the games coming up over the next two weeks.
Hibernian (in previous five games)
W - 5-0 vs Stirling University
W - 4-2 vs Hamilton Academical
W - 11-0 vs Edinburgh University Hutchison Vale
W - 2-0 vs Forfar Farmington
W – 7-2 vs Celtic
W - 3-2 vs Celtic
W – 6-0 vs Rangers
L – 1-0 vs Somatio Barcelona
W – 2-0 vs Somatio Barcelona
W - 11-0 vs Renfrewshire Ladies
The last time the two giants of this season faced off, the sides drew 1-1 in a hotly contested match in Glasgow. Prior to that however, the Hibees defeated Glasgow City in the SWPL League Cup semi-final 3-1, before lifting the cup.
What’s at Stake?
This is one of the biggest games in the Scottish Women’s game. Two giants face each other in a cup semi final. While in recent years, Glasgow City have been dominant in the league, Hibs have won the past five cup competitions on offer.
This is a game that can’t be missed. Whoever wins, will go into that penultimate league game next weekend full of confidence as the sides face again, in what could be a decisive league counter. Win the game, reach the final, and the treble could be on for Hibernian. City will be looking to end Hibernian’s cup dominance, and spring into the second last game of the season with the momentum. Sparks will be flying in Stirling this Sunday!
Thoughts from the Camp
Speaking to Scottish Women’s Football during the week to promote this weekend’s ties, club captain Joelle Murray said: “We’ve drawn the previous games between the two sides in the league so there’s nothing in it. Both teams come into the game in great form – they’ve got momentum from their Champions League campaign and we had a good result last time out against Stirling University, so I think it’ll be a great one for the neutral.
“If you want to win any competition you need to beat whoever is put in front of you. We knew that whoever we did get we’d have to be focused on the day and bring our A-game to try and get through to the final.
“It’s the Scottish Cup, a competition any footballer firstly wants to be involved in, but secondly to win, so for me I’m excited and that filters throughout the playing squad and coaching staff.”
Head Coach Grant Scott was also speaking to SWF this week and gave his thoughts on the semi-final clash: “I think at the moment the league positions will tell you they’re the two best teams in the country. The small goal difference shouldn’t really have any bearing on Sunday, it’s just an indicator that it’s going to be a great match and that’s what we’re looking forward to.
“It’s easier to attack in most other games, this one is slightly different because of the strength of the opponent, so we’ll be very mindful of that. But other than just being aware of the threat that City pose we approach the game in the same way.”
Where to Tune In
Those who can’t make it to Stirling, but would still like to stay updated with the game can do so via the team’s Twitter. Give them a follow at @HibsLadies for match day coverage, highlights, news updates and more.