Women’s Scottish Cup Final
Glasgow City v Hibernian
Sunday 8 November, 2pm kick-off
Ainslie Park, Edinburgh
Hibernian Ladies defender Siobhan Hunter believes the challenge her team has set Glasgow City this season is fantastic for the Women’s game in Scotland.
The two clubs will go head-to-head for the fifth and final time this season on Sunday when they compete for the 2015 Scottish Women’s Cup Final at Edinburgh’s Ainslie Park.
Hibernian have already drawn twice with City this season – both ties finished 3-3 – and lost once, eventually finishing six points behind the 2015 league champions. The two teams also contested a thrilling Scottish League Cup final in June with City clinching a 2-1 win in extra-time.
With one final chance to claim silverware remaining, Siobhan says her Hibs teammates are desperate to finally get one over on their West coast rivals and top an encouraging season for the Hibees.
Speaking to the Scottish FA, she said: “Everyone is buzzing to go. We’ve had a good end to the season and it’s been a great campaign over all from us. It would be fantastic to end the season with a win over a really good Glasgow City side and winning a cup we’ve all been waiting on for years.
“We know, and City know, that we’ve taken them all the way this season. I’m sure they appreciate our challenge throughout the year and it’s really good to have another team go close. To take them right to the end is a good thing for other clubs in the league to see and also for us as a team.
“To have this final, and maybe win it, gives us the confidence to start next season on a high. It’s all to win for both teams.”
GLASGOW CITY v HIBERNIAN - 2015 MEETINGS
4 Oct | Hibernian 0-2 Glasgow City
16 Aug | Glasgow City 3-3 Hibernian
3 June | Glasgow City 2-1 Hibernian (aet)
17 May| Glasgow City 3-3 Hibernian
Hibernian will be out to stop history repeating itself on Sunday. Glasgow City have lifted the last four Scottish Cup trophies and beat Hibernian in the 2011 and 2013 finals.
But with an exciting young squad and the backing of an Edinburgh crowd, Siobhan is confident that her teammates have the arsenal to put a dent in City’s treble ambitions:
“There’s no one in our team who isn’t confident on the ball and playing it out wide or through the middle. Each and everyone of us knows the abilities of each other, so we need to use that to capitalise on any weaknesses Glasgow City might have.
“This is probably one of the most important games of the season. There’s a lot of emphasis on individual performances but also on the team’s performance. The players around you bring out the best in you. Our backbone and midfield will work together as a team to bring individuals into the game.”
The positivity surrounding Hibernian’s season has extended to the international stage too. Five Hibs players featured in the last Scotland squad, with Siobhan, Kirsty Smith, Chloe Arthur, Lizzie Arnot and Heather Richards all called up for the recent Euro Qualifiers against Belarus and FYR Macedonia.
Siobhan has been impressed with Scotland’s start to the qualification campaign and is keen to play her part in any future success:
“They’ve scored a lot of goals, which is good as sometimes these things do come down to goal difference. The team have looked really confident in what they’ve been doing.
“The near misses of the past are in the back of the squad’s mind and that’ll help push us on. We will always aim to win, whoever we are playing.”