Women’s football: Cup glory now the focus for Hibs

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HIBS LADIES manager Chris Roberts has backed his players to put their league disappointments behind them this season and secure the club’s first silverware in four years.

The Hibees saw their dreams of ending Glasgow City’s near-decade long dominance of the Scottish Women’s Premier League extinguished last weekend following a 2-0 defeat against the league leaders.

Tomorrow they face Celtic in a Scottish Cup semi-final at Ainslie Park (kick-off 3pm) – a side they have beaten three times already this term.

Hibs have won the competition five times in their short history and Roberts is targeting a sixth crown as the Easter Road girls aim to finish the season with a flourish.

“We were all hurting after last weekend and, whilst the league is now beyond us, the Scottish Cup isn’t and it’s a massive opportunity to win some silverware,” said Roberts.

“The response from every one of the girls this week in training has been fantastic and I sense a real determination from them.

“In many ways this is the ideal fixture for us because we have no time to sulk and if we are not at the top of our game we will go out. After set-backs like last weekend, it’s always important to pick yourself up quickly and get ready to go again.

“Celtic are always well-prepared and they will certainly have a go, so the game has all the makings of a classic.

“Results against Celtic this season have been very close and although we have won each of them narrowly, I felt we were well on top in those games.

“I expect that Celtic will be well-organised, disciplined and will try to hit us on the counter-attack. Ainslie Park is wider than our own pitch so hopefully we can use this to our advantage and use the wide areas more effectively.”

Cup holders Glasgow City face Rangers in the other semi-final, also at Ainslie Park, kick-off 1pm.