Aberdeen are under “huge pressure” this season admits midfielder Francesca Ogilvie, because everyone sees them as a target.
Emma Hunter’s newly promoted side pulled off a number of cup shocks last season; beating Spartans and Kilmarnock and only narrowly losing to Rangers.
And after getting the better of Hearts in the SWPL Cup last weekend, Ogilvie says the Dons no longer have the advantage of being a surprise package.
“Being the promoted team, us and Boroughmuir would have been the underdogs, but now we’ve put a lot of pressure on ourselves beating Hearts and having that good cup run last season,” said Ogilvie.
“It’s huge pressure for us I would say.”
Aberdeen, who will play their home games this season out of the new £13m Cormack Park which opened in October, start their SWPL 2 campaign against Kilmarnock on Sunday.
And spending their time at the new training facility is another benefit for the women’s team since being taken in-house by the Pittodrie club.
“It’s amazing,” said Ogilvie, who joined last April. “Last season we were having to share pitches with other teams.
“Towards the end of the season we were sharing with another team in our league. So training for a game against that team, training next to them, it’s quite hard. Obviosuly you can’t practice set pieces with them watching you.
“So to get our own facility is so much better, it’s much more professional as well.”
Many expect the Dons to earn successive promotions, but Ogilvie says the competition is going to be tough in the new 10-team division.
“Every team in that league wants to win that league,” she said. “There’s no point being in that league if you don’t want to.
“We want to win it but whether we can or not it’s just a case of, internally, taking each game as it is rather than looking four games ahead, five games ahead.
“Stirling just coming down from SWPL 1 and Hamilton have been in SWPL 1. So there’s big teams in there.
“I would expect every team in that league to be our main challengers, we’re not looking at any teams to be less than others, we’re looking at them all being equal.
“We’ve not been in this league with these specific teams so it’s going to be very challenging for us.”