Academy Ghirls get 2019 off to a winning start


Celtic FC Academy

Boroughmuir Thistle 1-4 Celtic Academy

Sunday 10 February 2019

SWFL1 South, Meggetland Sports Complex

Nicolson, Craig, Shearer, Wands

Celtic started well in the game and begin with lots of possession and trying to control the game.  During this period, Kate Nicolson struck from 25 yards with a powerful effort that skimmed the underside of the bar and into the net to put the Hoops a goal to the good.

Boroughmuir came back into the game after this and Kerr in goals had to be quick off her line on a few occasions before making a good save down to her left.  Boroughmuir fought their way back into the game though and scored after Celtic failed to clear a free kick, with the ball slotted through to slot pass Kerr in goals.

There was a great response from Celtic though when straight from kick off the ball was moved back and played long, flicked on from Megan Wands for Emma Craig to run through and clip it pass the goalkeeper.

The half ran out with both teams looking to score but Celtic had chances through Henderson after a stunning strike from distance just went over, then Henderson again after a lovely 1-2 at the edge of box to only shoot wide.

The second half continued in a similar fashion as to the first, with Celtic creating the best chances.  Celtic managed to add a third goal after a corner was hooked in by Emily Shearer after good movement to get away from marker. Celtic continued to create chances through open play and set pieces with Paige McAllister sending in two great headers.

Boroughmuir were still a threat at the other end with dangerous corners and Celtic had to do well to clear. The game was finished however when Megan Wands stepped from the right-hand side and fired a left foot strike in the top corner from 20 yards out to complete the scoring for the young Hoops.

Celtic managed to see the game out comfortably and finished with some more chances to add to the scoring, pleasing David Haley.

He said: “Really pleased overall with not just the result but obviously the positive performance.  We dictated most of the play and really created a number of chances throughout the game.

“Boroughmuir are a physical and strong side and at times we found it difficult to get control of the game, however, overall I feel we created the best chances of the game and ran out deserved winners given the amount of opportunities we created.

“Playing the same team two weeks running always presents difficulties but I’m sure the girls will be very well prepared for next week’s cup tie against Boroughmuir and hopefully we can deliver a similar result.”

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