Top of the table clash as City face Hibs in SWPL

Image by Andy Buist

Image by Andy Buist

Kids go free this Sunday, as Glasgow City line up to play Hibernian at the Excelsior Stadium in Airdrie knowing that for the first time, in a long time, they have a real chase for the title.

In years gone past, while City have marched to successive title after title, no-one but them was capable of beating every other team with incredible regularity. This ended this season, when Hibernian, boosted by some top pre-season recruits from Celtic, showed that 13 games in, they can do it to.

The title will not be won or lost this Sunday, as 7 games remain for both sides against top 6 teams, including a re-match in Edinburgh, however, three points for the victors will certainly provide much needed space between them in the table, which at the moment shows Glasgow City ahead by goal difference only. 

Hibernian have a full squad to pick from and City are boosted by the return of Irish striker Clare Shine who missed out in last weekend’s Cup game against Aberdeen. Against the Dons, City were able to provide the much anticipated debut to Scotland legend Julie Fleeting, who has been hampered with niggling injuries since joining the reigning Champions in February and the presence of her and Shine gives City boss Scott Booth some real attacking options. Recent signing Sarah Clelland also makes the City squad after being cup tied last weekend.

Hibs will be Booth’s toughest test yet as he completes his first month in the job and it is a challenge he is relishing. He said, “I’m really looking forward to this weekend’s match. Hibs have shown they can perform consistently at a high level and are right up there at the top of the table with us on merit. The result will come down to who performs best on the day. We are the home side and we intend to play our open attacking style of football. If we play as we can, I am confident of taking all three points.”

Glasgow City v Hibernian kicks off at 2.30pm at the Excelsior Stadium in Airdrie. Adults are £5 and kids under 16 go free.