By: Hibernian Media on 06 May, 2019 17:15
Hibernian face Glasgow City in the SWPL Cup Final on Friday 10 May (7:35pm kick-off) at the Pennycars Stadium in Airdrie and we take a look at their run to the final.
Grant Scott’s side had to win three matches to reach the final of the competition for a fourth year in a row, with the team winning the past three SWPL Cups.
Season Ticket holders of both the men’s and women’s teams at Hibernian are eligible for free tickets for the final and men’s Season Ticket holders can find out how to claim their tickets here.
Not a Season Ticket holder for either side? Tickets can be bought online by clicking here and they are available at the gate in Airdrie. Tickets are priced at £5 for adults, £2 for concessions, with U12s permitted free entry.
Sunday 24 February, Hibernian 1-0 Heart of Midlothian
Just the same as the 2018 SWPL Cup run, Hibernian started off their campaign with a match against SWPL2 side, Hearts.
Last year a 4-0 win was recorded in Dalkeith, but Hearts improved and made this a more testing game – but still one which Hibernian dominated.
Siobhan Hunter, Joelle Murray and Amy Gallacher all came close to scoring, but either fired off-target or found Emily Mutch in fine form.
However, Kirsten Reilly scored a fine goal after an excellent team move, with the midfielder finding the top corner from 25 yards out shortly before the break.
In the second half, Ellis Notley, Colette Cavanagh and Reilly all had good chances to extend the lead. In the end, Grant Scott’s team progressed into the Quarter Final with ease.
Sunday 24 March, Stirling University 0-6 Hibernian
For the last eight tie, Hibernian made light work of Stirling University at their home stadium routing their fellow SWPL 1 opposition.
It took just eight minutes before Joelle Murray opened the scoring as her cross deceived the Stirling goalkeeper and it drifted into the net and on 12 minutes Jamie-Lee Napier’s low cross ricocheted into the back of the net to double the lead.
There was no let up from the team as Lia Tweedie and Claire Williamson linked up well on the right with the latter finding Napier with a cross and the attacker tucked it into the back of the net with 21 minutes gone.
On the half hour it was 4-0 as Siobhan Hunter lashed home a volley after the hosts failed to clear their lines from a corner.
In the second half another own goal just after the hour mark made it 5-0 and the scoring was completed when Ashley Fish reacted quickest after Cailin Michie’s volley hit the bar, with the forward turning the ball into the back of the net.
Sunday 14 April, Hibernian 3-0 Spartans
The SWPL Cup Semi Final conjured up an Edinburgh Derby at Broadwood Stadium in Cumbernauld, with Hibernian cruising into the final with a victory.
Scott’s outfit completely dominated this match and took a deserved lead through Lauren Davidson as he finished off from Rachael Small’s corner to put her team 1-0 up after 17 minutes.
Hibernian kept the pressure up as Hunter and Davidson forced Harrison in the Spartans goal into saves, and an effort was scrambled off the line from Small’s corner delivery.
Again, Hunter tested Harrison, as did Reilly and Michie, as the half drew to a close. The pressure paid off nine minutes into the second period though as Gallacher cut the ball back for Napier to finish off from close range.
More chances followed for Hibernian, however, they had to wait until the 76th minute to cap off the win as Tweedie smashed home Napier’s cross to complete the scoring for her side.
Image: Craig Doyle.