Forget final, Kirk urges Hibs Ladies

Hibs have enjoyed success in the past
Hibs have enjoyed success in the past
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Hibernian ladies manager Willie Kirk says his players must focus solely on tomorrow’s derby against Spartans and not let their minds wander towards the Scottish Women’s Premier League Cup final.

The Easter Road side face Glasgow City on Wednesday evening in the first showpiece final of the season. However, before then they face city rivals Spartans at Ainslie Park (kick-off 1pm) and the Hibs boss warned: “It’s a big four days for the club with the derby match and the League Cup final, but we cannot look beyond Spartans because to do so would give them the edge.

“Derby fixtures are always tough and I would hope my players are desperate to play well and earn a place in the cup final side.

“Spartans have strengthened since we played them at the end of last season and have retained Kerry Montgomery which was important for them as I’m sure a few teams would’ve been looking at her.

Spartans have been in scintillating form and scored an incredible 32 times in their last three fixtures, so confidence is sky high. Manager Debbi McCulloch, who feels there is not much between the two teams, said: “I saw them (Hibs) in their semi-final against Celtic the other week and they’re a good side so we must deliver our best performance possible to get a result.

“Both teams are fairly evenly matched, although we have a little more experience whilst Hibs have more youth, and I think it will come down who wants it most on the day.”

Hutchison Vale hope to bounce back from their 9-0 defeat by Glasgow City last weekend when they travel to face Forfar Farmington at Station Park, Forfar (kick-off 2pm).

Hutchie were defeated 9-0 by champions Glasgow City last Sunday, however boss Andy Enwood insists there will be no hangover. He said: “It wasn’t difficult to raise the girls’ spirits because it wasn’t a game we were expected to take anything from. We’re going to Forfar to attack and hopefully get the three points, but we know any away fixture in this league is difficult.”