By: Hibernian Media on 08 May, 2019 12:31
Hibernian captain Joelle Murray insists that the squad are ready to put last weekend’s defeat against Celtic behind them as they aim to retain the SWPL Cup this Friday.
The team suffered the defeat at K-Park and Joelle pointed out that players were missing which helped to contribute to the drop in standards.
Admitting that they deserved the 3-0 reversal, the centre half was keen to point out that the side have suffered adverse results prior to cup finals before and stated that they do not need any further motivation with the prospect of retaining the SWPL Cup at stake.
“We have got standards at Hibs on and off the pitch. Sunday’s game fell way below those standards. Individually and collectively we were poor,” said Joelle as she spoke to Scottish Women’s Football.
She continued: “We knew it was always going to be hard. We were missing Rachael Small, Amy Gallacher, and myself, as I was ruled out late on.
“It was going to be hard, but I still believed that we had the quality on the pitch to overcome Celtic, but it wasn’t to be. It was a result that, on reflection and on that performance, we deserved.
“As a team, we have been in a position before where we have come into a cup final on the back of a poor performance. Friday is no different and we have brushed aside Sunday – our focus is on Friday night.
“The squad don’t need any more motivation other than the fact that it is a cup final.
“We’re really looking forward to the game. A cup final is always something that we as a club look forward to and Friday will be no different.
“It is a cup that we have retained for the last three years and it’s one we want to win for a fourth year running as well.”
On the way to the final Hibernian overcame a stubborn Hearts side, coasted to a win away to Stirling University, before sealing a place in the final at the Pennycars Stadium with a 3-0 victory over Spartans.
That run, according to Joelle, indicates that the side are still a dominant side in Scotland and shows the strength of the squad all over the park.
The captain commented: “Winning games and getting to the cup final shows that we are still a force to be reckoned with. We’ve got fantastic quality all over the park – that starts from Jenna in goals right up to our forward line.
“It is a squad that has really good quality and is a squad that I certainly believe in and have confidence in.”
To add to their remarkable success in the SWPL Cup in recent years Hibernian will need to overcome Glasgow City – familiar opponents and the club’s main rivals for domestic trophies.
The rivalry is well-renowned and has seen hugely entertaining games between the sides, with the fixtures being extremely competitive.
Tickets for the game are free for Season Ticket holders for both the men and women’s team, with Girls Academy players also able to attend the final for free.
Joelle is hoping that this drive will see a large crowd come out to back the team as they aim to bring the SWPL Cup back to Leith for the fourth successive year.
Joelle said: “Every game against Glasgow City in both the league and the cup competitions for the last few years has been so competitive with maybe only one or two goals in it.
“It would be fantastic to see a large crowd at the game. We’ve circulated around the Academy that it is free and the club itself is promoting that fact to Season Ticket holders.
“We’re hoping we can get a good backing on Friday night and a backing that will spur us onto a win.”
The match between Hibernian and Glasgow City takes place at the Pennycars Stadium, Airdrie, on Friday 10 May with a 7:35pm kick-off. Click here for ticketing information for the SWPL Cup Final.