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Women's Scottish Cup Final: Glasgow City v Hibernian

Written by Maureen McGonigle.

On Sunday Hibernian and Glasgow City will contest the 2013 SWF Scottish Cup final at Broadwood Stadium, Cumbernauld. Both clubs have won the competition on five occasions and on Sunday one team will create history by getting their hands on the famous trophy with a record-breaking sixth success.

Glasgow City are the current holders of the trophy having defeated Forfar Farmington 1-0 in last season's final and can become the first club to win the Scottish Cup in three successive seasons. To do so they will have to overcome a young Hibernian side that have achieved their highest league finish since 2007/2008 by finishing runners-up in this term's Scottish Women's Premier League.
 
 
Lisa Robertson, here in Hibs shirt, will face her old teammates on Sunday

Glasgow City Head Coach, Eddie Wolecki Black, hopes his side can end another hugely successful campaign by completing the domestic treble.
 
He said: “I believe it is fitting that we are playing Hibs on Sunday as they have been the strongest challengers to us all season and the national cup final deserves to be competed for by the two best sides.

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SWPL: Rangers v Aberdeen preview

Written by Gillian Campbell.

Rangers welcome Aberdeen to Petershill Park this Sunday, for the third time this season. The Gers were comfortable 5-1 winners in their first league clash in May and then progressed in the Scottish Cup Quarter Final fixture with a 4-1 win in September. Between those two games Rangers suffered a 2-1 defeat in their away match at Heathryfold Park in Aberdeen, so know that their opponents are capable of causing them problems.

This young dons side, much like the light blues, are enjoying their best ever form in Scottish Women’s Premier League. They’ve successfully taken points off three of the top six sides this season and will be looking to finish their campaign strongly in their game this weekend and against Glasgow City in their final match.

Rangers will be looking to build on a fantastic 2-3 win over Hibernian last weekend, when they came twice from behind to take all three points. Goals from Hayley Cunningham and a brace from substitute Megan Foley sealed the win and gave Angie Hind’s side the chance to battle it out for a third place finish in the league. This weekend is Rangers last home game of the season before rounding off the season at Lennoxtown against Celtic.

Hind is looking forward to meeting the dons again on home turf.
 
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Women's Scottish Cup semi-finals preview

Written by Laura Montgomery.

Glasgow City have Champions League and a Cup semi-final to prepare for. Pic by Andy buist
 
Glasgow City aim to keep their hopes alive of a second successive domestic double when they go into Sunday’s Scottish Cup Semi-Final against Celtic at Ravenscraig.

The Petershill side have a busy few weeks ahead as they head to Belgium to take on Standard Liege in the last 32 of the Champions League after the semi-final. However, City Head Coach Eddie Wolecki Black is fully aware of the difficult challenge awaiting his side in the form of Celtic, before they can even think of European football.

He said: “Having secured the title in fine fashion last weekend we go into the semi-final with confidence. We are well aware of the difficulty of this tie and know we will have to be at our best to secure another cup final slot. Having played Celtic three times already this season there is no doubt that both clubs know each other well. The players are also very familiar with the attributes and skills of the individuals in each team. Past results and performances are usually used as a barometer of two sides when they are drawn out the hat together. However in my opinion when it is a cup tie between two good sides the past is deemed irrelevant.

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Glasgow City hoping for point to secure title

Written by Laura Montgomery.

GLASGOW City welcome no fewer than 10 players back from international duty today as the club prepares for another big match on Sunday.
 
City line up against Hibernian, knowing they need one more point to clinch the Premier League title.

After a stalemate against Rangers in terrible weather conditions in City’s last outing, the reigning Champions sit 11 points clear at the top of the SWPL with 4 games remaining.

Second placed Hibs however will be an extremely difficult test for City as Head Coach Eddie Wolecki Black is well aware.

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Gemma Fay: Scotland so close to being amongst best

Written by The Away End.

SCOTLAND captain Gemma Fay will get her hands on her 160th cap on Thursday, but said they'll all count for nothing unless she's on the flight to Canada.
 
The Celtic goalkeeper says as much as it means to be capped for her country, she would swap them all to take part in a major championships.
 
The Scots face Bosnia at Fir Park in their second World Cup qualifier, after a 7-2 weekend win over the Faroe Islands.
 
She also spoke about her debut on Sky Living.
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Leanne Ross: Scotland won't be surprised by Bosnia

Written by The Away End.

LEANNE Ross says she may know little about Bosnia just now, but that will have all changed by Thursday night.
 
Scotland host the Bosnians at Fir Park in their first home World Cup 2015 qualifier, on the back of a 7-2 win in the Faroe Islands on Sunday.
 
Ross admits she wouldn't win any quizzes on Bosnia just now, but the whole squad will be clued up by kick-off.
 
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"A disgrace" as Glasgow City given one day's rest

Written by Laura Montgomery.

GLASGOW City hope to continue their good start to their Champions League campaign when they take on FC Birkirkara, the Champions of Malta tomorrow.

A comprehensive 7-0 win over Croatian’s Osijek, whom City narrowly defeated 3-2 at this stage of the competition last year, puts City at the top of the group 8 on goal difference with Dutch giants FC Twente sitting in second place after defeating Birkirkara 6-0.
 
 
Suzanne Malone in action during City's 7-0 win. Pic by Mirko Kappes

Despite the strong position his side are in, City Head Coach Eddie Wolecki Black is far from happy with the rest afforded to his side, with the Scots forced to play another very important match less than 48 hours later.

He said: “I think it is a disgrace that the players are being asked to play another Champions League match with only one day of recovery in between. But we knew this before we came and have planned for it, but even despite our best plans it just takes 1 or 2 injuries and the squad looks threadbare again.
 
"We believe the Maltese team will have to select the same group of players which played yesterday, so it makes it a level playing field for both sides.

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Glasgow City ready for Champions League battle

Written by Laura Montgomery.

GLASGOW City arrived in Enschade in the Netherlands this afternoon ahead of the qualification round of the UEFA Women’s Champions League which starts on Thursday.

The Scottish Champions face a very challenging group and are up against FC Twente, the Champions of the newly formed joint Dutch/Belgium League, the Champions of Croatia, WFC Osijek and the best side in Malta, Birkirkara FC.

Entering the first round as top seeds, Glasgow City Head Coach Eddie Wolecki Black looks at the opposition his team will face.

He said: “Last year Birkirkara finished bottom of their group, they lost all three matches losing heavily to the Romanian champions Cluj before being beaten 1-0 and 3-1 by the Portuguese and Northern Irish League winners. They are the fourth pot team in the group and are appearing in the Champions League for the third time.
 
"Two seasons ago we met Mosta the Champions of Malta in Serbia, and we comfortably won the tie on the way to topping the group. Birkirkara have been Champions of Malta on five occasions and we will give them the respect they are due.
 
New signings Julie Nelson and Denise O'Sullivan prepare for Dutch task
 
“Osijek are a team we know well having faced them last year in Finland at the same stage of the competition. Without doubt our performance on the day was as poor a performance as I have seen from us. We went into the game not knowing a lot about them and therefore are in a much better position this year. Osijek have been regular participants in Europe since its inception. In fact they took part in the first ever Women’s Champions League and flew to Scotland where they played out a 3-3 draw with Ayr United.

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