Congratulations are in order after Celtic 15s saw off a determined Aberdeen side in the 15's SWF Scottish Cup Final at Toryglen. Commiserations to Aberdeen who did extremely well in reaching the cup final.
Celtic had midfield star Emma Craig to thank for her sublime first half performance which saw the Glasgow side take a three nil lead at the break. Her driving runs from the centre of the park and excellent passing of the ball saw her have two goals and an assist to her name in the first half before adding to her tally early in the second half.
Both sides looked to have opted for the classic 4-4-2 but Celtic’s pace and height in the final third proved too much on this occasion and got off to the game at lightening pace which gave the Dons a big mountain to climb in the second half. But Celtic again flew out the traps at the beginning of the half thanks to fine goals from Taylor Hamill and again the ever present Emma Craig saw the Celts go five up early on in the half. In fairness, credit where its due Aberdeen were the better sides for long spells of the second period and can count themselves unlucky not to have grabbed a goal or two.
Celtic created a lot of clear cut chances from the off as they edged out Aberdeen 8-1 in the shot count in the first half. Most chances came from the midfield of Celtic especially through tricky winger Aisha Maughan and playmaker Emma Craig. Celtic had 5 shots on target in the first half and they finished three of them so full credit to them.
This game was won and lost in the midfield as Aberdeen failed to deal with the strength and skill of Celtic's midfield four. Countless occasions Celtic looked like they were going to score on the break.
However full credit to Aberdeen, who despite losing two early second half goals, were arguably the better side as the game went on. They pressed Celtic and pushed them back in an attempt to pounce on any mistakes. Aberdeen had the better of shots in the second half due to this (6-4). Sophie Jamieson continued to add pressure to the Celtic back line with her pace and found herself unlucky not to find the net but a fine save from Kendall Welsh.
However thanks to the clinical finishes from Emma Craig, Aisha Maughan and Taylor Hamill meant Celtic were crowned champions. However congratulations to both sides that played in such a good manner in a day that not many of them will want to forget in a hurry.
Aberdeen have enjoyed a fantastic season. They look set to clinch the league title and were just a penalty shoot-out away from League Cup success. Their run to the final saw them pull off several closely contested victories - with the Celtic 14s side and Forfar Farmington amongst the sides who they knocked out. However, what they perhaps lacked was a test against one of the teams who truly expected to be challenging for this trophy. With the elite tier in Central/West Region, Celtic were up against those sides week in, week out and that experience must have been a factor. In saying that, it's the second time in as many seasons that Aberdeen have been represented in a national final and the Dons are certainly getting closer.
For Celtic it clinched a historic treble. Considering the standard of opposition they've faced on a weekly basis in the Kim Little division, that's no mean feat.