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Holders Hibernian will play Celtic in this season's Scottish Women's Premier League Cup Final after both teams recorded narrow victories in their respective semi finals on Sunday.
Celtic were first up against Spartans in the opening match of the double header at Ainslie Park and it was Spartans, who have got off to a good start in the league, who were to continue that form and take a seventh minute lead through Colette Cavanagh. Celtic went in search of an equaliser with Spartans content and hit on the counter attack but it was the Hoops who were to get back on level terms, ten minutes before half time, when Kirsty Howat broke through on goal to slot home.
Celtic had the better of things in the second half but without really looking like making a breakthrough until fifteen minutes from time, when a through ball released Suzanne Mulvey and her shot was just too strong for Rachel Harrison who could not keep it out and Celtic were ahead for the first time. Spartans tried hard to get themselves back into the game but Celtic stood firm to keep their goal well protected for a 2-1 victory and book their place in the Final.
The second semi final was a repeat of last year's Final between Hibernian and Glasgow City and an equally tight contest was in prospect. Indeed, the two defences were on top during the opening stages and chances were at a premium until the last five minutes of the first half. Rachael Small headed wide from a corner for Hibernian and at the other end, Leanne Ross went close with a free kick which hit the side netting as the half ended goalless.
The game opened up a little more in the second half and both teams began to look more dangerous going forward. Noelle Murray drilled an effort narrowly over for City and a scramble in the area at the other end resulted with a number of shots being charged down by the City defence.
Neither team could find a way through though and the game went into extra time, where it remained just as tight with no sign of a breakthrough at either end. Penalties were looming large until the final minute of injury time, when a Hibs corner reached Siobhan Hunter whose shot was going wide but Abigail Harrison was on hand to divert the ball into the net and put her side ahead. There was not enough time for City to come up with a response and a jubilant Hibs side were through to the Final.
The SWPL League Cup Final between Celtic and Hibernian will take place on Sunday 21st May at Broadwood Stadium, kick off 4.05pm.
There was one match in SWPL 1 on Sunday, Hamilton Academical lifting themselves off the bottom of the table with a 5-1 victory over Aberdeen. Lori Gardner, Mhairi Lyle, Emma Lyons, Danni Connolly and Gill Inglis all scored for the Accies.
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