Easter Road first for Hibs Ladies team

Joelle Murray is excited about leading out her team at Easter Road. Photograph: SNS
Joelle Murray is excited about leading out her team at Easter Road. Photograph: SNS
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Hibs Ladies midfielder Joelle Murray will fulfil a lifetime ambition this weekend when she leads her side out at Easter Road against city rivals Spartans.

It will be the first time in the history of the team that they have been given the opportunity to play at the spiritual home of the Hibees.

Skipper Murray, a staunch Hibs supporter and a regular in the stands, is relishing the opportunity to strut her stuff in Sunday’s clash (kick-off 2pm).

She said: “I’m very excited about getting the chance to lead the girls out at Easter Road and I’m sure it will live long in my memory.

“As a Hibee I’m well aware of the many great players who have graced the hallowed turf and to be able to play there is an honour and a privilege. That said, we cannot allow the occasion or venue to overshadow what we are aiming to achieve which is to perform well and pick up three points.

“The women’s game has made huge progress over the past few years and for us to be allowed to play at Easter Road is another significant step forward.

“It provides us with a platform to showcase our talent to a wider audience and perhaps change the mindset of individuals who deride the women’s game.

“All of our games are pretty physical but there’s always an added edge and aggression when we play Spartans. I don’t expect that they will hold back just like they shouldn’t expect us too. I wouldn’t say either side go into the match as favourites because form goes out of the window and it will come down to who wants it more on the day and performs better.”

Spartans won the first contest between the clubs 3-1 earlier this season and go into the game on a good run of form.

Manager Debbi McCulloch is hoping that both clubs can impress.

She said: “Of course there will are a few Hibs fans in our side that will get a great buzz from playing at Easter Road, however once they cross the white line they are only interested in winning for Spartans.”

Elsewhere, Hutchison Vale face Queens Park at Woodfarm High School in Glasgow.