Hibs Ladies manager Chris Roberts believes his side are on the verge of realising their potential after they booked their place in next month’s Scottish Women’s Premier League Cup final.
Lucy Graham (2), Lizzie Arnot (penalty) and Joelle Murray were all on target as the Hibees thumped Aberdeen 4-0 at Ainslie Park. “I cannot ask for much more than a clean sheet, four goals and a place in a national cup final,” said a delighted Hibs boss, Chris Roberts.
“Aberdeen made full use of the high winds during the first half to put us under pressure. They came at us, went on the attack and although Jenna [Fife] was never really troubled, we were under a fair amount of pressure.
“The first goal coming on the stroke of half-time was vital because it gave us a huge boost and the momentum to push on.
“They had to chase the game and that created gaps which the girls exploited brilliantly.
“Although the age of our squad is still very young, there is no lack of experience or ability and I believe the time has come for the girls to realise their potential.
“The girls go into every game believing and expecting they will win. I have no doubt whatsoever that we have the talent and ability in our squad to win this competition.”
In the other semi-final, Glasgow City overcame Celtic 4-0 to set up a repeat of last year’s final with the rematch due to take place at Spartans’ Ainslie Park on Wednesday, June 3.
In a game that mirrored the Hibs and Aberdeen contest, Hayley Lauder gave the holders a first-half advantage before second-half strikes from Leanne Ross, Kerry Montgomery and Nicola Docherty saw City through comfortably.
“Our win was fully merited and, despite a competitive Celtic performance, we kept full control,” said City boss, Eddie Wolecki Black.