Sarah Ewens wary of tough Hibs test


By Colette Carr

Sarah Ewens knows Hibs’ visit to K-Park on Sunday will be no easy task, as she warns they’ll be difficult to break down as the Celts target nine points in eight days. 

Hibs arrive at K-Park having narrowly lost 1-0 to Rangers in Glasgow last Sunday, before losing a 1-0 lead over league leaders Glasgow City to suffer a 2-1 defeat in the capital, and it’s those tight scorelines that leads Ewens to believe Hibs will be looking to ensure they take something from this week.

“I think they were maybe unlucky with a couple of decisions - it could've gone either way against City going by what I’ve seen,” the striker began, “but they’ve just had two close games and haven’t been walked over. They’re a tough team and they’ll be difficult to break down. We can’t take that they've been beaten in the last two for granted because they were close games and we know we’ll be in for a fight.”

The late kick-off signals the end of the first week of three fixtures for the Celts and a big week at that. Starting with a tricky trip to Spartans last Sunday, the Hoops tee’d themselves up well with a 5-1 win ahead of the huge midweek Glasgow Derby under the lights at Celtic Park where they dramatically ran out as 1-0 winners on the night, a result that was utterly vital for their season says Ewens.

She said: “We’re feeling really good so far and are obviously delighted to get six points out of six with two really good performances. We ground it out on Wednesday to get that win and it was really important for us especially going into another big game against Hibs. 

“It was really important to get the three points against Rangers - we couldn’t let them run away in front of us and we had to close the gap. But we can't then drop points now and we need to keep that run going and hopefully keep picking up points. It’s a tough fixture list so it's important to keep the head and the performances up.”

Ewens took just 91 seconds to find the net at Ainslie Park last Sunday and having collected three goals to her name since the restart, she’s keen not only for herself to get back on the scoresheet, but also for the hosts to show that ruthless streak right from the off. 

“It set us up really well for the rest of that game. It gives you that bit of confidence straight off the bat and it’s always good to start games quickly. Sometimes in the past we’ve been a bit slow and it’s taken us a wee while to get into it, so that set us up well for the rest of that game where we had a really good performance and scored a lot of goals. We need to start well against Hibs, because that won’t be an easy game.

“That’ll definitely be another challenging game so we just need to lift ourselves and go again,” she told. 

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