Scottish Women's Cup - Second Round Preview: Celtic and Aberdeen battle in tie of the round

This Sunday sees the second round of the 2016 Scottish Women's Cup, with the sixteen SWPL sides entering the competition.

Scottish Women's Cup - Second Round Preview: Celtic and Aberdeen battle in tie of the round
Glasgow City's Clare Shine after scoring the match-winning hat-trick in the 2015 Scottish Women's Cup Final. (Photo: Tommy Hughes/BBC/Glasgow City)

The second round of the Scottish Women's Cup will take place on Sunday, with the 16 Scottish Women's Premier League sides to play their first games as things heat up.

Celtic v Aberdeen

K-Park, 12 June 2016, Kick-Off: 4pm.

This is the only all SWPL 1 tie as Celtic host Aberdeen.

Celtic's dark-horse tags for the league title seem to be slipping slightly as they are still looking for a way to beat both Hibernian and Glasgow City, and sit currently third in the SWPL 1. Their defeats to the top two sides have been all by single goals, and with their last defeats to Hibs and City, it was their starts that cost them. But their side is packed with quality players, and they are a team in progress that could sneak into the top-two. In the Scottish Women's Premier League Cup, they lost in the first round 1-0 to Hibernian.

Aberdeen have struggled overall this season, as they were expected to challenge for the top two. They've picked up two wins and a draw to sit in sixth place. But they've struggled to put together a run in the league and lost their last league game heavily 8-0 to Hibernian. However, in the SWPL Cup, they reached the semi-finals where they lost 1-0 to Glasgow City.

This is both Celtic's and Aberdeen's first game in this season's Scottish Cup.

Glasgow City v East Kilbride

Excelsior Stadium, 12 June 2016, Kick-Off: 1pm.

The Scottish Women's Cup holders and SWPL 1 leaders Glasgow City, host SWFL Division Two Central side, East Kilbride.

Glasgow City have had the best possible start to their season. Nine games into the SWPL 1, nine wins, an eight-point lead at the top, reached the SWPL Cup Final and they've beaten their rivals Hibernian in the league. And ahead of the mid-week SWPL Cup Final, they begin their Scottish Cup defense. They will most likely rotate, resting the players away on international duty, but with quality and players like Brogan Hay, Sam Kerr, and Carla Boyce to name a few, it will still be a strong side.

East Kilbride have generally struggled so far in the Division Two Central, picking up just one win in their eight league games so far – at that came against the bottom placed club Cumbernauld Colts Development. They were knocked out of the SWFL Division Two Cup first round, losing to Blackburn United. In East Kilbride's first season of existence, they will be looking forward to a cup tie against the best side in the country.

To reach the second round, East Kilbride beat Edinburgh South 5-2 in the first round.

Glasgow City are the holders. (Photo: Tommy Hughes)
Glasgow City are the holders. (Photo: Tommy Hughes)

Hibernian v Boroughmuir Thistle

Albyn Park, 12 June 2016, Kick-Off: 2pm.

SWPL 1 side Hibernian start their campaign looking to go one step further than their runners-up spot last season, as they host fellow Edinburgh side Boroughmuir Thistle, who play in the SWFL Division One South.

Hibernian will be disappointed by their league position, having slipped eight points behind Glasgow City, although they do have a game in hand. But, since losing to Glasgow City at the beginning of May, they have been in superb form in the league – winning all three games and scoring 18 goals without reply. They've also reached the SWPL Cup Final.

Boroughmuir Thistle sits ninth in the First Division South, having picked up just three points. Those points came in an impressive 5-1 win over FC Kilmarnock in March. In the SWFL First Division Cup, they were knocked out in the Second Round on penalties by Celtic Academy, after drawing 2-2.

In the First Round of the Scottish Women's Cup, Boroughmuir Thistle narrowly beat FC Kilmarnock 3-2.

Spartans v Hamilton Academical

Ainslie Park, 12 June 2016, Kick-Off: 1pm.

In an all SWPL clash of the round, SWPL 1 side Spartans takes on SWPL 2 leaders Hamilton Academical.

One of the things written about Spartans was they were strong at home, but terrible away from home. In fact, in the SWPL 1, they hadn't scored an away goal. That was until their last game where they beat Forfar Farmington 3-0 away from home, and currently, sit in fifth place. In the SWPL Cup, they reached the Quarter-Finals where they lost 5-1 away to Aberdeen.

After a small blip, Hamilton is once again leading the SWPL 2, but only on goal difference ahead of Glasgow Girls

Buchan v Forfar Farmington

Maud Junior, 12 June 2016, Kick-Of: 2pm.

One of three all SWPL ties, as SWPL 2 side Buchan host SWPL 1's Forfar Farmington.

Buchan currently sits sixth in the SWPL 2 with no imminent threat of being dragged into the relegation places, but nor do they look to be climbing up towards the title spot. One point from their past three games sees them closer to the relegation places than third place. But their home form has been impressive and are yet to lose there in all competitions. In the SWPL Cup, they reached the Quarter-Final stage where they lost away to Rangers.

Forfar Farmington has turned the corner, after struggling with their early SWPL 1 results. Back-to-back wins over Stirling University and Aberdeen saw them move off the bottom of the table, but two defeats in a row have seen them drop down to seventh, only ahead of bottom-placed Stirling on goal difference. In the SWPL Cup, they reached the Quarter-Finals where they suffered a heavy defeat to Hibernian.

This is both Buchan's and Forfar's first games in this season's Scottish Cup.

Rangers Ladies v East Fife

New Tinto Park, 12 June 2016, Kick-Off: 2pm

SWPL 1 side Rangers host the SWFL Division One North leaders East Fife.

In recent weeks, since being knocked out of the SWPL Cup Semi-Finals, Rangers have hit a blip, losing four games in a row in all competitions, scoring just once and conceding 14. So they will be looking to return to form in their Scottish Cup game against East Fife.

East Fife, on the other hand, has yet to lose a game in all competitions as they try and get promoted into the SWPL 2. They've won all nine of their league games to sit five points clear at the top and are looking forward to their Division One Cup Final against Hibernian Development.

In the First Round of the Scottish Women's Cup, they beat Stonehaven 9-1.

Rangers will be expecting an easy win tomorrow. (Photo: Rangers Ladies FC)
Rangers will be expecting an easy win tomorrow. (Photo: Rangers Ladies FC)

Stirling University v Westerlands

University of Stirling, 12 June 2016, Kick-Off: 2pm.

The bottom-placed SWPL 1 side Stirling University host Westerlands who play in the SWFL Division One South.

Stirling University finds themselves bottom of the SWPL 1, but now only on goal difference thanks to their 1-0 win over Rangers before the international break. Their SWPL Cup run came to an end in the First Round  when they lost 5-1 to Spartans after extra-time, having taken the lead in extra-time time, only for the goal to be ruled out for a foul.

Westerlands sit in eighth place in the Division One South, having picked up three wins in their eight games so far. They had won their opening two games, including a 6-0 win over Hearts U23, but they had to wait until May 15 to pick up their third win – beating Boroughmuir Thistle 3-0. Westerlands had reached the Quarter-Finals of the SWFL Division One Cup, where they lost 7-1 to Motherwell.

This is Stirling's first game of this year's Scottish Cup, whereas Westerlands beat Bayside 8-1 in the First Round.

Motherwell v Glasgow Girls

Wishaw Sports Centre, 12 June 2016, Kick-Off: 2:30pm.

SWFL Division One South side Motherwell take on SWPL 2's Glasgow Girls, in a repeat of the Third Round game in last season's Scottish Women's Cup. In that match, Glasgow Girls were 3-0 up with 22 minutes left, but Motherwell launched an astonishing turnaround to win 4-3.

Motherwell is one of the most exciting sides outside the SWPL, with their squad including Megan Sneddon and Suzanne Grant, and last season, they reached the Quarter-Finals of the Scottish Women's Cup. They currently lead the Division One South, but only on goal difference as they sit level on points with Celtic Academy. Motherwell also reached the SWFL Division One Cup Semi-Final, where they lost to Hibernian Development.

Glasgow Girls are riding high in the SWPL 2, joint top of the table, behind Hamilton only on goal difference. In the division, they've only lost two games and have become a side very difficult to beat. In the SWPL Cup, they reached the Quarter-Finals where they lost to Glasgow City.

In the First Round of the Scottish Women's Cup, Motherwell beat Central Girls Football Academy Wasps 12-0.

Hearts v St Roch's

King's Park, 12 June 2016, Kick-off: 2pm

SWPL 2 title challengers Hearts host SWFL Division Two Central side St Roch's.

Hearts has had a good start to their SWPL 2 season, although a defeat to Glasgow Girls and a draw with Hutchison Vale mean they no longer top the table. However, they will be going into the fixture full of confidence, having scored 14 goals in their past two games before the international break. Having been knocked out in the First Round of the SWPL Cup by Forfar Farmington, they will be looking for a bit of a cup run

St Roch's are currently in a mid-table place, 4th place, in Division Two Central and is just two points behind second. However, they are an incredible nine points behind the run-away leaders, Partick Thistle. They were also ninety minutes away from a Cup Final as they reached the Semi-Finals of the Division Two Cup, however, they lost 4-1 to Dundee United.

This is Hearts' first Scottish Cup game of the season, whereas St Roch's beat Kemnay 2-0 in the First Round.

Hutchison Vale v Edinburgh Caledonia

Saughton Enclosure, 12 June 2016, Kick-Off: 2pm.

In another Edinburgh derby, SWPL 2's Hutchison Vale host SWFL Division Two East's Edinburgh Caledonia.

Hutchison Vale currently sits in fifth-place in the SWPL 2, having taken two points from their past three games. That form has seen them slip eight points behind the leaders, but with the competitiveness of the league, they will know that gap is closeable. In the SWPL Cup, they were knocked out in the First Round in a 3-1 defeat to Glasgow Girls.

Edinburgh Caledonia sits in third place in the SWFL Division Two East. They've played one game more than the other teams in the division, and could be sitting joint-top, but fell to a 1-0 defeat to Dundee United last Sunday. They reached the Second Round of the SWFL Division Two Cup, where they lost 1-0 to St Roch's.

In the First Round of the Scottish Cup, Edinburgh Caledonia received a bye.

Jeanfield Swifts v Ross County

McDiarmid Park, 12 June 2016, Kick-off: 2pm.

SWPL 2 side Jeanfield Swifts host SWFL Division Two North, side Ross County.

Jeanfield will be looking forward to hosting their first ever Scottish Women's Cup game at their new home, McDiarmid Park. They sit in fourth place, and in two of their past three games they have lost 3-2 to the top two. In the SWPL Cup First Round, they were knocked out by Aberdeen.

Ross County currently sits in fifth place in the SWFL Division Two North with 10 points, but eleven behind the leaders Granite City. They come into the tie, off the back of the beating Kemnay 5-1 last Sunday. Ross County was knocked out of the SWFL Division Two Cup Preliminary Round to Blackburn United.

In the First Round of the Scottish Cup, Ross County beat Stranraer 2-1.

Renfrew v Queens Park

New Western Park, 12 June 2016, Kick-Off: 2pm.

The SWFL Second Division South-West leaders Renfrew take on the SWPL 2 strugglers Queen's Park in a Glasgow derby.

Renfrew sit in first place in the SWFL Second Division South-West, having won all seven of their games and have a five point over second-placed Ayr United. So far, they've scored 50 goals, conceding just three. They reached the Quarter-Finals of the SWFL Second Division Cup, where they lost 4-2 to Dundee United.

Queen's Park are so far having the season to forget, sitting with just 3 points and a goal difference of -36. They also had to cancel their game against Glasgow Girls, having been unable to field a team. But with the signing of Nadine Peacock, they will be looking to kick-start their season with a win against Renfrew. In the SWPL Cup, they lost 7-1 to Buchan in the First Round.

In the First Round of the Scottish Women's Cup, Renfrew beat Cumbernauld Colts in a 4-3 thriller.

Dundee United v Stenhousemuir

GA Engineering Area, 12 June 2016, Kick-Off: 2pm

The SWFL Division Two East leaders Dundee United take on SWFL Division Two Central side Stenhousemuir.

Dundee United's debut season has started better than they could have hoped. Seven league games in, seven wins, 53 goals scored and just five conceded. And they have an SWFL Division Two Cup Final to look forward to later this month against Dunfermline Development.

Stenhousemuir is having a less successful start to their league season. They currently sit in sixth place, having picked up three wins in their eight games, with these victories coming against the sides below them in the league.

These two sides met in the Second Round of the SWFL Division Two Cup where Dundee United won 7-0.

In their respective Scottish Women's Cup First Round ties, Dundee United beat Blackburn United 5-0 whilst Stenhousemuir beat United Glasgow 2-1.

Dee Ladies v Raith Rovers

Nicol Park, 12 June 2016, Kick-Off: 2pm.

SWFL Division One North side Dee Ladies host SWFL Division Two East club Raith Rovers.

Dee Ladies sit currently in sixth place in the Division One North, having picked up 13 points in their nine games. Six of their home games have ended up in wins for Dee Ladies, with them picking up just one point on their travels so far. They were knocked out of the SWFL Division One Cup First Round, losing to Falkirk FC 4-3.

Raith Rovers has had a great start to the Division Two East, sitting in second place having won six out of their seven games – sitting three points behind the leaders Dundee United. Their only defeat in the league came against Dundee United, who beat them 7-1. They reached the Quarter-Finals of the SWFL Division Two Cup where the lost 5-0 to Westerlands B.

In their Scottish Cup First Round ties, Dee Ladies beat Tayside 3-1 whilst Raith Rovers narrowly beat Elgin City 3-2.

Dunfermline Athletic v Dumbarton United

Humbug Park, 12 June 2016, Kick-Off: 12pm

SWFL Division One North side Dunfermline Athletic host SWFL Division Two South-West club Dumbarton United.

Dunfermline's season has started strongly, with them sitting second place in the league with 22 points, five points off the leaders East Fife. They've only dropped five points all season, but three of those came in a costly 6-2 defeat to East Fife. The other two came in a draw back in March with Falkirk Ladies. In the SWFL Division One Cup, they were eliminated in the First Round, losing 6-3 to FC Kilmarnock.

Dumbarton United currently sit in fourth place in the Division Two South-West, but 13 points off first place. Only one of the eight points have come at home, and that was in a 2-2 draw with Ayr United on the opening day. In the SWFL Division Two Cup, they were knocked out by Elgin City in the Second Round.

In the Scottish Cup First Round, Dunfermline beat Caithness 16-2 whilst Dumbarton United received a bye in that round.