By: Hibernian Media on 05 Nov, 2018 13:00
Grant Scott credited his side’s SSE Scottish Cup Final victory over Motherwell to their professional approach to the game and the quickfire start they made to the match.
The Head Coach saw his side claim the trophy for a third successive season at Firhill as they ran out 8-0 winners in Maryhill.
From the first whistle to the last the players treated the Lanarkshire side, who had runaway with the SWPL 2 title in 2018, with the utmost professional respect, with Grant believing this is the reason for them lifting the trophy at full-time.
He said: “We got ourselves into a really good position so early and it was always going to be so difficult for Motherwell to come back from that.
“We had to be professional when we were playing against a team from the league below, even though we think their quality is good enough for SWPL 1, I’m just delighted with the way that we took the game to them.
“Because we’ve got that message into the players this week about going in to do the job first and foremost, then giving Motherwell respect for what they have achieved this season, but we knew if we took care of business that we would turn out winners.
“The players deserve credit for going and doing the job.”
Among the goals were Jamie-Lee Napier, who bagged a hat-trick, Abi Harrison scored twice, and Lauren Davidson and Cailin Michie both scored, with an own goal also in the mix. In the first half there were five different scorers, which also pleased Grant.
The Head Coach said: “The first half performance was really good. Getting the first goal really helped and it settled us down. The team retained the ball well, moved it about well the movement was great and they were absolutely clinical when they got chances.
“Again, the goals were shared about the team. Jamie got a hat-trick and we also had goals from Abi and a few others too.
“Overall, the team were absolutely terrific.”
Whilst the team have received a lot of deserved plaudits, Grant was keen to share the praise that was heading his way with his backroom team and previous Head Coaches, including Kevin Milne and Chris Roberts, for building the side.
He did however say that managing the Hibernian side was his most enjoyable job in football and that it was a fantastic achievement for him to be in charge of a double winning side.
Grant said: “It’s brilliant winning the double. I get a lot of credit for where the team are and how they are doing, but I’m at pains to say that the groundwork has been prepared by a lot of other people.
“There’s staff in the background underpinning what the girls are doing every single night of the week. There’s the previous coaches who have signed a lot of these players that have got a winning mentality within the group and they deserve as much credit as I do.
“I’ve taken on the group. I love being here and working with them. It’s the most enjoyable thing I’ve done in football.”