Jenna up and running in maroon

22 June 2023

After a fairly uninspiring first half, Ciara Grant had Hearts ahead with a wonderful 25-yard free kick and Penman opened her account for Hearts by doubling the lead with a low shot that found the bottom corner.

“It felt really good to just get it out the way,” she said. “Most importantly we got the win and got through to the next round.

“We played well in parts. I think individual mistakes screwed us up a wee bit, but as a whole, we’re happy with the way we performed.

“We got the goals and the win, but we also got a clean sheet which is a credit to the defence and the keeper. It’s a team game. It’s not just about scoring goals. We need to keep it tight at the other end and we’ve managed to do that, so we’re happy.”

The Scottish Cup Fifth Round draw takes place at the national stadium on Monday evening and with Hearts sitting 4th in the SWPL and yet to drop points at home this season, Penman agrees that there will not be many teams relishing a trip to Oriam.

“Exactly. We’ve had a good spell in the league, and we’ll be coming up against teams we’ve already faced so we know how to play against them. We’re confident in how we play, and we’ve had a nice break, but now we’re back and we’re happy to face anyone.”

The girls are back in league action this Sunday as they welcome Rangers to Oriam for a 1PM kick-off and Penman admits the reigning champions are a top team.

“They’re a top team, but we feel we know how to play against them, so we’ll just need to bring our A game and see what we can get.”