Women’s football: Local sides eye cup final slots

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Spartans manager Debbi McCulloch believes her side couldn’t be in better shape heading into tomorrow’s Scottish Cup semi-final with Aberdeen.

The Ainslie Park team have been Scotland’s form team in recent months and go into their clash with the Dons at Ravenscraig Regional Sports Centre (kick-off 3.15pm) seeking to end their Cup hoodoo. “The girls are full of belief just now and sometimes that can be half the battle.” said McCulloch.

“In my time here, the Scottish Cup hasn’t been too kind to us, but we have a great opportunity this season and we will be doing all that we can to reach the final.

“The game has been at the back of everyone’s mind for a few weeks now and we are all glad it has finally come round.

“We’ve beaten Aberdeen three out of the four times we’ve faced them this season. However, we know that tomorrow is a one-off cup tie, at a neutral venue and anything can happen.

“It will likely be another close game. Preparation is the key and we have prepared as thoroughly, as we always do.

“The girls have been flying in the last few weeks and we have come away with some great results. I’m looking for same again tomorrow and I’m confident we have the quality to see us through.”

Meanwhile, in the other semi-final, Hibs Ladies aim to cause an upset by dumping holders Glasgow City.

The Hibees went down 3-1 to the champions last weekend on league business and know an improved performance will be required tomorrow for a noon kick-off at Ravenscraig.

Boss Chris Roberts admitted: “We spent the majority of our time chasing the game last weekend after losing an early goal, so we want to avoid that situation again.

“City will be buoyed after their Champions League comeback in midweek and have the biggest squad in the league so they will be able to bring in other quality players if there are heavy legs.

“We will be the underdogs and it will be difficult but we have belief in ourselves.”