Women’s football: Hibs warned to keep cup focus

Hibs Ladies manager Chris Roberts is wary of the threat posed by Forfar

Hibs Ladies manager Chris Roberts is wary of the threat posed by Forfar

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HIBS LADIES manager Chris Roberts believes his side can go all the way in the Scottish Cup but has warned his players not to look further ahead than tomorrow’s third-round clash with Forfar Farmington.

The high-flying Hibees will be overwhelming favourites at Station Park (kick-off 2.00pm) and boast an excellent record in the competition having won it five times since 2003.

“Everyone loves to see a cup upset and, being honest, if we were knocked out tomorrow it would be one.” he said.

“We’ll give Forfar our full respect and know that we must go about our business in the right manner and work hard if we want to be in the hat for the next round. We certainly won’t be treating them lightly.

“At the moment, they’re on a high. They’ve won a few games on the bounce, are scoring goals, have a few new faces and have a great coach that has them well-drilled.

“Of course, we want to go all the way in the Scottish Cup, because we want to win every competition we enter, but we know that we cannot get ahead of ourselves and must focus only on tomorrow.”

Hibs’ preparation has been significantly interrupted this week due to 16 of the club’s player-pool being away at training camps with the Scotland Under-17, Under-19 and A squads. Roberts said: “Having so many players away with the national squads is an incredible achievement and one that the club are very proud of. All of the girls have worked so hard, not only this season but also previous years too, and being selected is reward for their efforts.”