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Holders Hibs Face Local Rivals Hearts: 2018 SWPL Cup First Round Draw

Hibs celebrate winning the 2017 SWPL Cup

The draw for the 2018 SWPL Cup First Round has been made at Hampden Park. Like last year, the draw was seeded: all the SBS SWPL 1 clubs were seeded with the SBS SWPL 2 sides unseeded. Once the tie had been drawn, a separate draw was made to decide the home side.

There are plenty of exciting draws, including two Edinburgh derbies. The winners for the past two seasons, Hibernian, travel to Dalkeith to play Hearts at King’s Park – whilst Spartans travel to Peffermill Park to take on Edinburgh University Hutchison Vale.

There is a fascinating tie as Aberdeen travel to Forfar Farmington. These sides have swapped divisions – with Aberdeen relegated down to SBS SWPL 2 whilst Forfar Farmington are back in the top flight after winning the title.

The two new SBS SWPL 2 clubs face tricky away ties with Central Girls facing Stirling University whilst Kilmarnock travel to six-time winners Glasgow City. This is actually a rerun of three finals, with Kilmarnock winning the competition in 2002-03, 2003-04 and 2005-6.

The draw is in full below:

Glasgow Girls (SBS SWPL 2) vs Hamilton Academical (SBS SWPL 1)

Stirling University (SBS SWPL 1) vs Central Girls (SBS SWPL 2)

Rangers (SBS SWPL 1) vs Motherwell (SBS SWPL 2)

Forfar Farmington (SBS SWPL 1) vs Aberdeen (SBS SWPL 2)

EUHV (SBS SWPL 2) vs Spartans (SBS SWPL 1)

Glasgow City (SBS SWPL 1) vs Kilmarnock (SBS SWPL 2)

Hearts (SBS SWPL 2) vs Hibernian (SBS SWPL 1)

Celtic (SBS SWPL 1) vs St Johnstone (SBS SWPL 2)

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