Spartans aim for a double over champions Glasgow City

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Spartans Women’s manager Suzy Shepherd admits it will take a momentous effort if her players are to achieve the double over league champions Glasgow City.

The Ainslie Park side sent shockwaves throughout SWPL 1 with a stunning 3-0 victory over City at the Excelsior Stadium in June, goals from Alana Marshall, Kirsty McLaughlin and Sarah Clelland condemning Scott Booth’s outfit to their only league defeat of the season to date.

The two sides meet again in the Capital tomorrow but Shepherd is only too aware of the threat the league leaders pose despite the outcome of the previous meeting three months ago.

“Their squad is full of international players and we are going to have to be at our very best for us to get back-to-back wins over a team that have only lost one game in the league this season,” she said.

“We just focus on ourselves and take one game at a time. But it would close the gap for Hibs if we were to beat City and they were to win their game. It would certainly make for an interesting run-in between now and the end of the season.”

Shepherd also spoke of her delight at the feat of the women’s national team who have just secured their place at next summer’s European Championships in the Netherlands.

She said: “I’m absolutely delighted for Anna (Signeul), the players and all involved. It’s no less than they deserve as they’ve put in years of hard work on and off the park for this to have become possible. It’s an exciting time ahead for Scottish women’s football.”

Meanwhile, second-placed Hibs host Stirling University at Easter Road looking to keep their title aspirations alive.

The Hibees remain five points adrift of City with just five matches of the season left, however, Chris Roberts’ squad do have the excitement of a Champions League Round of 32 clash with German giants Bayern Munich with the first leg at Easter Road now just 11 days away.

In SWPL 2, Hearts, who booked a mouth-watering Scottish Cup semi-final tie with city rivals Hibs last weekend, travel to Jeanfield Swifts while Hutchison Vale play Inverness City in the Highlands.