Hibs Ladies boss Chris Roberts revealed all ten of his outfield players were desperate to take a penalty in today’s Scottish Cup final triumph at Hamilton’s Superseal Stadium.
The Hibees replicated their male counterparts’ achievement by winning the Scottish Cup 6-5 on penalties as the match against Glasgow City finished 1-1 after extra-time.
Lisa Robertson, who would miss the Capital side’s only spot-kick, had given her side a deserved lead with a well-placed header in the 23rd minute following a deep cross from full-back Claire Williamson.
However, Hayley Lauder equalised for the league champions with a curling effort into the far corner midway through the second half.
Hibs failed to capitalise on their superiority and, after Robertson had blasted the first penalty of the shoot-out over the bar, the trophy appeared to be heading to City.
But goalkeeper Jenna Fife thwarted goalscorer Lauder – City’s fourth penalty – to give Roberts’ side a reprieve and they grasped the opportunity as Samantha Kerr produced a carbon copy of Robertson’s penalty with a wild effort that sailed over the bar to hand Hibs a precious victory.
“I was there scribbling down some names hoping at least four or five were up for it but I then had to end up picking as I had ten players all wanting to take one,” said Roberts, who also guided his side to League Cup glory with a 2-1 win over City at Ainslie Park in June.
“I had girls disappointed they weren’t in the first five to step up. So that was a great help to tell you the truth and Jenna’s save was huge as she got us out of a hole.
“I thought we were excellent in the first half and should have scored more than one. I thought the goal was unfortunate that we lost, it was a slip but I felt we still could have dealt with it better. It wasn’t a case of holding on. We were gutted we didn’t win it in 90 minutes, gutted we didn’t in 120 but we got there in the end.
“The reward for me was watching the girls celebrate. It’s terrific to see that all the hard work is paying off. It’s been a tough year competing in the Champions League and competing in three domestic competitions.
“We’ve brought another Scottish Cup back to the club so I think it shows great progress of the club as it’s not often Hibs have been described as a team that wins trophies.”
Hibs’ only regret in the first half was that they hadn’t gone in at the interval with more than Robertson’s goal to show for their efforts – Lizzie Arnot and Lucy Graham both coming close as the City looked out of sorts.
Graham again went close just after half-time as her header from a Kirsty Smith cross dropped a foot wide of Gemma Fay’s right-hand post.
But Glasgow City carried more purpose as the second half wore on and squared the match in the 68th minute through Lauder despite the efforts of Fife to keep the ball out.
There was a scramble in the final minute of normal time as Hibs sought a winner but Graham’s toe-poke was cleared off the line.
The Hibees weren’t to be denied, however, as a dramatic shoot-out win sparked wild celebrations.
Hibs Ladies: Fife, Williamson (Small 72), Hunter, Murray, Brownlie, Smith, Graham, McLauchlan (Michie 119), Robertson, Arnot, Harrison (Ewens 89). Subs: Leishman, Notley, Russell, Jefferies.
Glasgow City: Fay, McMurchie, McCarthy (McCulloch 77), Lauder, Love, Rosen (Crilly 46), Shine, Docherty, Ross (Kerr 85), Brown, Cuthbert. Subs: Boyce, Keenan, Hay, Clachers.
Referee: Lorraine Clark