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Glasgow City are celebrating a hat-trick of Scottish Women's Premier League title successes following their 4-1 victory over Hibernian on Sunday and Jane Ross feels that it is getting tougher for her team to finish top of the league each year.
The 20-year-old striker helped her side to another Championship and she told Women's Soccer Scene: "It is a great achievement for our club to win in for a third year in a row.
"It was difficult as always and it came down to our second last game before we clinched it. We had a hard finish to the season, having to play Celtic and Hibernian in our last three matches, and there was a lot more pressure this time around."
Due to women's football in Scotland being played during the summer months from next year, the SWPL operated on a reduced basis this season, meaning that the teams only played each other once this season. "It felt like the league was just starting and now it has finished again," admitted Jane. "I must admit it felt strange to be celebrating a league title in November!"
City eventually finished on top of a four-way battle for the league which also involved Celtic, Spartans and Hibernian, and Jane feels that this is good for the Scottish game in general. "The standard is getting better and a lot higher, a lot more challenging," she said. "Games are a lot closer now and all of the teams in the league are improving. Teams such as Hamilton and Forfar are getting stronger and matches with them are getting tighter all the time.
"We brought in a few new players during the summer and we have got a talented squad at City. There is a lot of competition for places and it keeps everyone on their toes."
City fell behind with their early fixtures due to UEFA Women's Champions League duty but kept winning matches, including their tough finish. "Beating Celtic was a vital win and perhaps the turning point," said Jane. "The team showed great character to come from behind and win the game - they are always big games against Celtic as we are both good teams who are used to winning.
"We had the majority of possession against Hibs but they were good challengers in the first half. We created more opportunities after the break and it proved to be enough. We were a little nervous before the game, but there are always nerves when it comes down to big games.
"But winning the league means that we can play in the Champions League again next year. We have enjoyed that experience in the last two years and it is where every player wants to play."
Now City, along with the other clubs, have a short break before the new season starts again early next year. "It'll be strange doing our pre-season training in winter time," laughed Jane. "But hopefully it will allow more games to be played and we can play in warmer weather.
"It should benefit the league and the national team as well if we play during the summer months. Scotland have started well in the World Cup qualifiers with two wins and confidence is high, so hopefully this will be of help."
There is still one more challenge for Glasgow City before the season ends, to win their last league match against Boroughmuir Thistle. "We won't be taking it easy for this game and will be going all out to win," says Jane. "We have never won the league with a 100% record before and it is something for us to aim for."
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