#SBSSWPL1: Hibernian LFC v Stirling University FC


Hibernian Ladies are set to play their final home game this season as they welcome Stirling University to Ainslie Park on Sunday.

Report: David Ronney / Image: Craig Doyle Media/Hibernian Ladies

While the squad will be back in Edinburgh for the SSE Scottish Women’s Cup later this month, Sunday will be the final league match in the Scottish capital.

They welcome a Stirling University side who must win to avoid relegation to the SWPL 2.

For Hibernian, 10 wins in a row domestically came to an end with last weekend’s defeat to the Scottish Women’s Premier League champions Glasgow City.

While the squad were disappointed with the result, Head Coach Grant Scott says preparations have been positive ahead of Sunday’s match.

Scott said: “The first night back after a defeat is usually a bit flat but it says a lot about this group that there was nothing but positive attitudes.

“We’ve still got games to play and win so the players have been great this week.

“Naturally we were disappointed with the result but not necessarily the performance.

“I’ve watched the key parts of the game back now and there’s avoidable moments where I know we can do better so there’s always learning to be taken from games.

“The manner in which we lost goals was a bit disappointing.

“We were in City’s final third often enough but were wasteful with our opportunities. We’ll keep working to improve things for the coming games.”

With Forfar Farmington picking up a crucial three points against Stirling University last Friday, Sunday’s visitors have to pick up maximum points should they wish to avoid relegation.

With league survival on the line, Scott expects a close encounter against Stirling.

He added: “It’s a difficult situation for Stirling but we have our own reasons to try to secure the win as we strive to confirm second place now and we must focus on that.

“I guess they might open up as they’ve really got nothing more to lose so we’ll be mindful of that pre-match.

“It might lead to an open game but more likely they’ll look to keep things tight and stay in the match for as long as possible and snatch a goal on the break or a set-piece. However, if we do our business properly, I’m confident the girls will get the job done.”

Scott also reflected on the home support the team have received over the campaign and how those in attendance help boost morale on the park.

He said: “We’ve a decent record at home once again and it might be my imagination, but it feels like there’s been a few more regulars which has been terrific for the players.

“We hope spectators have enjoyed most of the performances from the girls as much as we’ve appreciated the support.”

The action gets underway at Ainslie Park at 1pm with tickets costing £5 for adults and £3 for concessions.

The team would love to have your support in our final home league outing of the season!