Hibs Ladies wary of Dons backlash in semi-final

Hibs Ladies manager Chris Roberts
Hibs Ladies manager Chris Roberts
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HIBS LADIES manager Chris Roberts believes his side are ready for anything ahead of tomorrow’s Scottish Women’s Premier League Cup semi-final showdown with Aberdeen.

Three-time winners Hibs last won the competition in 2011. However, they have made a 100 per cent winning start to the new campaign and go into the encounter in a confident mood.

The Hibees face an ever-improving Aberdeen side at Ainslie Park (kick-off 3.00pm) with the Dons having also made a terrific start to the season.

In the league, they’ve defeated Rangers while going close to a famous result against Glasgow City in the league before losing 2-1 to the champions.

Last weekend, however, they dropped two points unexpectedly against Hutchison Vale and Roberts admits his side may face a Dons backlash.

He said: “I’ve not been surprised by the start Aberdeen have made because they’re a very good team and they all work hard for each other.

“They dropped two points last weekend against Hutchie and sometimes, on the back of a surprising result like that, you get a reaction and we will have to guard against that.

“Both teams want to play football although I would say Aberdeen are more direct than we are. They’re quick on the break and have players across the pitch that can score goals.

“I would probably say they’re one of the hardest teams to play against but we will be ready for whatever they can throw at us.

“We want to be challenging for every competition this season and to reach the Premier League Cup final we will need to be at our best.”

Roberts has targeted Scotland star Rachael Small as Aberdeen’s biggest threat.

Small, girlfriend of Martin Boyle, currently on loan at Hibs from Dundee, netted the only goal of the game when the clubs met during pre-season.

He said: “Rachael is their main player. She has great experience of playing at the highest level with Scotland. She’ll play high up the park and has scored a few goals already this season.”

Celtic face holders Glasgow City, also at Ainslie Park, in the other semi-final (12.00).