Spartans defender Alana Marshall believes her team has made massive progress since the start of the current campaign, but the players must realise their full potential this evening if they are to finally get their hands on silverware.
Tonight they play in their fourth successive Scottish Women’s Premier League Cup final, determined to savour the sweet taste of victory at long last.
Yet, standing between Spartans and cup glory are league champions and cup holders Glasgow City, a team that haven’t suffered a domestic defeat in over two years.
When the clubs met in last year’s showpiece final City ran out comfortable winners, but there is a growing feeling within the women’s game that the champions’ dominance is fast coming to an end.
Marshall said: “The team has taken a bit of time to gel and at the beginning of the season we were still learning how to play alongside each other.
“You can now see from our performances that the girls are becoming a very impressive unit. We are playing for each other, fighting for one another and creating some great chances.
“I’ve been asked to play in a variety of positions this season but that hasn’t bothered me and I’m absolutely loving it. I’m an attack-minded player and playing at the back means I can see the game in front of me.
“Tonight will be my first final for the club and for me it’s a great feeling to see my face on the posters advertising the final.
“We are feeling positive for the game and even though City will be hard to break down, we all believe we can lift the trophy.”
City head coach Eddie Wolecki Black believes the first goal will be crucial. He said: “We know Spartans will be eager to go one step further after going so close in recent years.
“Spartans always prove to be very difficult opponents and if there is one thing that can be said about their side, it is that they are very resilient.
“On many occasions this term they have defended a one goal lead and saw out matches against so-called favourites.”
The action at Recreation Park, Alloa, gets underway at 7.30pm and admission is £5 for adults and £2 for children.