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Queen's Park cap a successful 18-month period on Saturday when they take on Hibernian in the Final of the Scottish Women's Premier League Cup at Forthbank Stadium, Stirling (2pm).
The Spiders are currently attempting to consolidate themselves in the SWPL in their first season after promotion but for captain Amy McDonald, it marks a chance for her team to capture some major silverware. "It's a brilliant opportunity," Amy told Women's Soccer Scene. "For a newly promoted side it is a great achievement and who wouldn't look forward to a match like this.
"I have played in the cup final before but to be captain is extra special."
Queen's Park's task in the Final will be a formidable one as they face reigning Champions Hibernian, who have won every match so far this season, but Amy says her team will not be daunted. "The good thing is that we will be the underdogs and we can build on that," she admits. "We have played Hibs in the league this season and only lost 2-1, and it was a close match. It is an ever bigger challenge for us, because it is Hibs.
"In every game like this, you have to show the other team respect but not too much. We have a few players who are involved with the Scotland under-19s so they have been through tough situations like this before. Our preparations will be very important as the players must not be too nervous and in the right frame of mind.
"We will be positive going into the game and seize the opportunity as much as we can."
Queen's Park booked their place in the Final with a 3-2 victory over Aberdeen and the day turned out to be very special for Amy. "The semi final was very close - we got off to a great start but it was an end to end game," she says. "I scored the winning goal, on my birthday! It was a brilliant game to play in."
The Final appearance is also great reward for the Queen's Park Football Club in general. "There has been a huge commitment made by Queen's Park in terms of backing and facilities - they now have a fourth generation pitch we can use for training," says Amy. "Billy Stark, the Queen's Park manager, is taking training ahead of the match and helping us with our build up to the game.
"We are one of the only clubs in Scotland that doesn't have to pay to play and the men have done so much for us. Now we are just trying to get recruitment to help build for the future and staying up this season would go a long way towards that."
Looking beyond her club, Scottish international Amy is confident for the future of Scottish women's football. "Hopefully everyone will keep up the direction they're going in," she says. "The gap between the top two (Hibernian and Glasgow City) is closing as the rest are now progressing.
"Saturday is a great chance for our players to express themselves and show they can handle the big occasion. We have a very young squad with a lot of talent and Jennifer Beattie is a player who has a tremendous future - she is only 16 but her physical build and attitude towards football is magnificent. Stephanie Handley and Lauren McMillan are other players who can hopefully step up their game and raise their mark.
"If we can beat Hibernian, it would send a great message to other teams and show that you can win a trophy in your first season. But just to reach the Final is a great achievement."
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