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Sunday’s Scottish Women’s Highlands and Islands League Cup final on Sunday at Nairn sees Sutherland, who lifted last year’s cup with a dramatic 3-2 win over Clachnacuddin, return to the venue to take on Buckie Ladies Development.
Buckie Ladies Development currently sit top of the Highlands and Islands League with a game in hand.
However, Buckie captain Michelle Johnson is unavailable for the tie as she is away on leave. She spoke of her mixed emotions about the situation: “I’m absolutely devastated I can’t be on that pitch (to) be part of this amazing milestone for Buckie Ladies. The progress we have made as a team this season is unbelievable, who would have thought we’d be in a cup final and undefeated in the league so far this season.
“I know (the team) will all give 100% today and play as the team that we have become. Each and everyone…deserve(s) this moment. What a day to be a Buckie Lady.”
Meanwhile, Sutherland captain Bethany Sutherland said her team were ready: “Getting through to a consecutive cup final is a massive achievement for us as a club and one that we are very proud of. A cup final is a very special occasion and I feel privileged to be the one leading the team out.
“There is a huge buzz within the team, and we are all up for the game. As a team, we are constantly striving to be better and cannot wait to step out onto the pitch on Sunday and put all our hard work into practice.”
In recognition of the rising cost of living and the travel costs faced by supporters of Sutherland WFC and Buckie Ladies Development, Scottish Women’s Football (SWF) have made the game free to enter at Station Park in Nairn on Sunday, with a 2pm kick-off.