First time finalists in SWF League Cup

SWFL Cup Final on 26 June
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Glasgow side Harmony Row face Linlithgow Rose in both sides’ first ever Scottish Women’s Football League Cup final at Broadwood Stadium in Cumbernauld on 26 June.

The teams were formed in 2019 and 2021 respectively and have each reached a cup final for the first time, in what promises to be a thrilling contest.

Linlithgow Rose currently sit top of the SWFL Central/South East League, while Harmony Row are third in the SWFL West/South West League, separated from the top spot only by goal difference.

Harmony Rose captain Nicola Robinson said: “I am so proud to captain this team; to make history as the first Harmony Row Women’s team to reach a final, we have worked tirelessly in training to create not only a successful way of play, but also build unity and togetherness in our well-blended squad.

“Being recognised as a leader on and off the pitch amongst such remarkable talent, has been a real pleasure to me. I feel very fortunate to be a part of such a supportive and hard-working team. I have also enjoyed sharing my experience from well over 300 games with our incredibly talented under 16s team who I help coach. They inspire myself and the rest of the women’s team to go out on big occasions like this – fearless and prepared to give our all. We want to show them that anything can be achieved with hard work and application.

“We look forward to a competitive match against a well-organised outfit in Linlithgow Rose and hope we can bring back the team’s first silverware to our small community club.”

Laura Hopwood, Captain of Linlithgow Rose, said: “I am really looking forward to leading out the team out on the 26th June at Broadwood. I am from Linlithgow and being the Captain of my home town football team is a real honour.

“Linlithgow Rose Ladies were only formed in February 2021 and for us to reach the League Cup final in such a short time is amazing. We were proud last year to get as far as the Semi Final but when we set our team goals at the start of this season we were determined to get to the Final.

“We are a community team and have been very clear from the start that we are all inclusive and that everyone is welcome. This has made sure the atmosphere within the team is relaxed and enjoyable and it seems to be working as we are winning games and more importantly having fun.”

The SWFL League Cup began with group stages, with those failing to qualify getting an opportunity to compete for the SWFL League Plate. The Plate final will precede the Cup final at Broadwood on Sunday 26 June and will see East Fife’s development side face their counterparts from Motherwell.

The Plate final kicks off at noon, with the League Cup final starting at 4:30. Spectators can watch both games for only £5, with pensioners and other concessions gaining entry for £2. Under 12s go free.

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