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Celtic Academy return to league action with win over title rivals Hibs

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Celtic Academy returned to league duty with a 2-1 win over title rivals Hibs, following their thumping victory over Renfrew in the League Cup final, but despite picking up three points, there’s more in the side says David Haley.

“I thought the game was OK - both teams will probably walk away thinking they could’ve played better,” he began following fulltime at K-Park.

“I definitely think we deserved to win it. I don’t think anyone would deny that, but I’ve said that from our own point of view we need to make sure we’re better. I felt we could have performed a lot better individually and collectively, but we got the three points.”

Celtic took an early lead through Kathleen McGovern inside 15 minutes, before Rebecca McAllister netted with around twenty minutes left to play. The forward then seen a penalty saved, before Hibs controversially scored in the after breaking from a Celtic free-kick. It’s flashpoints like that where the team can learn from as they target the title the manager tells.

“Rebecca’s extremely disappointed with her penalty miss, but she also scored. She needs to understand there’s highs and lows in football, but she’ll be fine. The goal at the end was clearly offside, and to be honest the referee has come over and apologised. He said it’s been the tightness of the strips. It’s a shame, Paige McAllister and Kate Nicolson probably deserved a cleansheet because they were outstanding,” Haley told.

While saying it could have been a natural dip after the emotions of the final, he couldn’t quite pinpoint what held his side back from taking more from the visitors but said it did show the quality of his team overall.

He said: “Possibly, I don’t know, I just think we had four or five that just didn’t quite click for whatever reason. Sometimes that happens in football and you just have to get on with it and play better next time.

“It’s one of those ones you know you’ve got a decent team if you’re not playing well but are still winning games like this against one of your closest rivals.”

Celtic Academy now play Rangers Development on Sunday 19 May in the league at Calderglen High School. KO: 2pm.


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