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Academy kick-off Cup defence with last minute win


Boroughmuir Thistle 1-2 Celtic Academy

Sunday 17 February 2019

Scottish Women's Football League Cup, Meggetland Sports Complex

Craig, McAllister

A resilient Boroughmuir side proved a tough test for Celtic as they progressed to the next round of the SWFL Cup through a last-minute winner.

Boroughmuir started the game positively, gaining some good possession and forcing an early corner. After an unsuccessful Celtic attack, Boroughmuir cleared the ball to the far-right corner for their winger to hook the ball back across and into the far corner of the net, giving the Edinburgh side the lead.

This unsettled Celtic and Boroughmuir pushed for a second, when an error from Kerr provided an opportunity to double their lead but a last-ditch challenge from Paige McAllister kept the lead to one. After a nervy start Celtic started to press, creating chances for Emma Craig and Alise Stewart. Towards the end of the half Celtic were creating the better opportunities but went in at half-time one goal down.

Celtic came out for the second-half knowing they needed a big performance to overturn the deficit and couldn’t have asked for a better start when Rebecca McAllister played Emma Craig through to scoop the ball over the oncoming keeper and into the back of the net.

Despite the positive start to the half, Celtic keeper Lisa Kerr saw red for handling the ball outside the box and outfielder Stewart took her place in goals. Although down to ten players, Celtic seemed galvanised and continued to control possession, with Rebecca McAllister and Darcy Molley having great chances to take the lead. Celtic’s persistence paid off in the 93rd minute when Warrington linked up with Wands to set-up McAllister who smashed the ball with her left foot and sent Celtic through to the next round.

David Haley said: “I am thrilled for the girls after all the goings on today. We certainly didn’t play our best but I think the majority of that was down to Boroughmuir and how well they played. We have a great team spirit though and our determination and fitness levels made sure that we worked until the end.

“I’m sure that we will improve in our performance as the season goes and the battling qualities the girls showed throughout will stand us in good stead for the rest of the season.”

Celtic: Kerr, Warrington, McAllister, Molley, Henderson, Craig, Stewart, Shearer, Forsyth, McAllister, Brown. Subs: Watson, Rennie, Wands, Reside, Canavan

Celtic Academy will find out who they face in the next round of the SWFL Cup on the 3rd of March.

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