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Hibernian crowned an excellent season for their club on Sunday by lifting their second major trophy of the season, the SSE Scottish Women's Cup, after beating Glasgow City on a penalty shootout in the Final.
We talked to Hibs captain Joelle Murray, who scored what turned out to be the winning penalty, who was understandably delighted with her team's achievement, as well as setting her sights on winning more silverware in the future:
WSS: Many congratulations to you and the team on winning the cup, has it sunk in yet what you have achieved?
JM: Thanks very much, it certainly was a perfect end to the season. The adrenaline from Sunday is slowly wearing off, however the smile on my face is still huge. What a remarkable season we have had, to finish as League and Scottish Cup winners is something we are very proud of. We always had faith in our ability individually and collectively in the run up to the game and we knew that if we performed to our full potential on we could do something special. The girls were fantastic and gave absolutely everything to make sure we brought the cup back to the capital.
WSS: Did you feel that you had done enough to win the game before it went to penalties?
JM: If I'm being honest, yes I did, we had a fantastic first half and although Glasgow City came into the game more in the second half, I think over the 90 minutes and then extra time we edged it. However the second goal eluded us and we lost an avoidable goal which let them back into the game.
WSS: Just how nerve wracking was the penalty shootout, and can you describe the feeling when you knew you had won?
JM: It was very nerve wracking, we obviously missed our first penalty which put extra pressure on us, however we handled that exceptionally well. Walking up to take mine (the seventh), I knew that I could be a hero or essentially let everyone down, luckily my penalty went in and then Glasgow City missed which handed us the cup. It was a feeling of relief initially but then of jubilation, to have two Scottish cups (men's and women's) at the club is absolutely fantastic.
WSS: Result apart though, it was a great game to watch, how good an advert for Scottish women's football do you think it was?
JM: The game was broadcast on BBC ALBA (who are fantastic supporters of the women's game in Scotland), this gave us a good platform to put on a show and prove that women's football is a great spectacle. The game in Scotland is constantly improving and I think Sunday's game will only help that going forward.
WSS: Rachel McLauchlan had an excellent game, how good was it for her to be named as Player of the Match?
JM: She's been brilliant all season so it was nice for her to receive that recognition in such a high profile game, she's certainly been a fantastic addition to our squad this season.
WSS: Two trophies, Champions League football playing Bayern Munich at Easter Road, can you believe how well the year has gone for the club?
JM: It's been an amazing year for the club, and for me personally being part of the Scotland national team who qualified for next summer's Euros. The Champions League game at Easter Road (apart from the result) was something that will live long in my memory, to captain the team on a Champions League night in front of 2,500+ Hibees was unreal. We are certainly looking to build on this year's success and go one better next season.
WSS: Now presumably the league is the main target, how much confidence do you think will the team gain from this year's success?
JM: Confidence is probably one of the main things the girls will take away from this season, they know they can compete at the top and will be hungry for the league title next season.
Our thanks to Joelle!
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