Women’s football: Spartans look to live cup dream

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Spartans manager Debbi McCulloch has spoken of her desire to bring silverware back to Ainslie Park as her side aim to continue their love affair with the Scottish Women’s Premier League Cup.

Her side have reached the final in each of the last four seasons. However, they have yet to get their hands on the trophy.

Tomorrow, they face Rangers at Petershill Park, Glasgow (kick-off 12.00) in the first round and, with this year’s final set to be held at Spartans Academy, they are desperate to go all the way.

“There’s no doubt about it, it’s a tough fixture to start the season with,” commented McCulloch. “It’s a difficult place to go and get a result but we have prepared properly and will look to get a positive result. With the final being held at Spartans Academy this year we are desperate to be involved.”

Elsewhere, Hutchison Vale’s new manager, Andy Elwood, is planning to repay the generosity of Hibs coach Willie Kirk by dumping his side out of the competition.

The two Edinburgh rivals clash at Albyn Park, Broxburn (2.00) and Elwood is targeting a big result in his first competitive game in charge of Hutchie.

He said: “I am well aware of Hibs’ strengths and, from that point of view, it probably couldn’t have been a tougher start for the girls and me.

“I met Willie a few weeks ago and he was helpful by giving me a few pointers about the women’s game.”

Opposite number Kirk has challenged his players to hit the ground running, saying: “Everyone wants to be in the side on day one and to stay there they will have to play well. It’s good to get a home draw and it’s one that we won’t take lightly.”