Hearts head coach Andy Enwood says his team had to deal with ‘huge pressure’ in their match to secure Premiership promotion.
The side won against Partick Thistle 3-0 in front of a record home crowd of 1,045. The victory in Tynecastle saw Hearts squeak past Hamilton Academical to secure the Scottish Women’s Premiership second division title.
Enwood’s side will play in the top-flight division next season, leading to him saying: “I am relieved that we’ve finally got over the line.
“We’ve been building this for three years. Last night there was so many things going through my mind – the permutations of what could have happened today.
“I’m a bit drained, I’m a bit tired, but I’m absolutely delighted for the girls that they’ve done it.”
Hamilton needed a win against Kilmarnock and for their rivals Hearts to lose to clinch the title, but it wasn’t to be as Hamilton lost 1-0 at Rugby Park.
In December last year, Hearts announced a six-figure investment deal year-on-year in the women’s side. This funding is now kicking in as promotion means the women are fully integrated with the men.
Enwood said this added to the pressure his team was under.
He told BBC Scotland: “That pressure when the announcement came out was massive. It is an absolutely fantastic one and huge for the women’s game and huge for Hearts.
But it was an announcement of what was happening in the future. These players had to deal with that and they’ve just got their heads down and got on with it.”