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Celtic Girls Tayside moved closer to clinching the title with a 3-2 win over 3rd placed Lomond Colts in an action packed meeting at Lochee Park.
On a windy and grey looking day, Celtic Girls Tayside hosted Lomond Colts from Fife in the SWF East U15 league. With both teams' eyes set on joint league leaders DUSC who were only 3 points ahead of lomond and ahead of Celtic on goal difference, this match was billed as a must win for both teams and they didnt disappoint. From the referee's first whistle it was all out play. Lomond Colts won the toss and elected to play with the wind in their faces, hoping to sustain and hold Celtic Girls.
Despite the overnight torrential rain, the pitch remained in good playing quality and this helped both teams with some very slick passing and counter attacking. Celtic, with the wind behind them, used their advantage to put the Lomond defence under pressure. A mixture of high balls and short passing kept the Fifers on their toes. It was through one of these high balls that the first incident of the game came about, just inside the first 5 minutes, Celtic number 10 Stacy McFadyen went down in the box from a Lomond defender, however with noisy appeals from the sidelines the referee waved the claim away.
Both defences were on top at this time with nothing getting through, however it was slightly against the run of play that Lomond Colts took the lead with a superb strike from Louise Howe. Howe came in from the left and from 20 yards out struck a sweet shot, the ball soaring over the keeper and into the top of the net. One nil to the visitors, 15 minutes gone.
Celtic looked to get back into the game as quick as possible and on 17 minutes, Stacy McFadyen had an attempt on goal from her free-kick, which the Lomond keeper superbly tipped over the bar. From the resulting corner the Colts defence failed to clear the ball properly and the number 10 for McFadyen was on hand at the edge of the 6 yard box to blast the ball high into the net to make the score 1-1.
With the game opening up more, it wasn't long until the scoreline was changed again, back into the favour of the visitors. A low sweeping strike across the keeper and into her far post came with Lomond Colts number 4 Carly MacKenzie claiming the applause from her coaches and team mates. 20 played and 2-1 to the Colts. The last 15 mins of the half was more subdued with the only real effort worth of note was a stinging strike from McFadyen, however the keeper was up-to the task with a solid catch of the ball.
Half Time: Celtic Girls Tayside 1-2 Lomond Colts
The second half started off in a flurry of pressure from Celtic who were playing with the wind against them and once again it was the Hoops number 10 creating most of the problems, with a shot off the post and the the Colts keeper having to make numerous saves. It appeared these 2 players had their own duel to settle, another attack from Celtic saw McFayden thwarted again by the keeper.
The equalised was on the way. McFadyen whips the ball into the box and the Colts fail to deal with it, Celtic number 4 Casey Lindsay diverted the ball goalwards and despite the best efforts of keeper Nicola Wallace, who managed to get a hand to it, the ball hits of the post and goes in. 2-2.
Colts' Louise Howe tried to get her side back in front and went on a surging run from her own box to her opponents' penalty area, only too see her shot go wide. Remarkably this was about the only decent shot that Lomond had in the second half even with the wind as an advantage.
Celtic through the away a sucker punch as the game approached the final 15 minutes. The attack had switched to the right hand side this time, and through a fine individual effort Derrian Gollan, who had been denied by the woodwork minutes earlier, struck the ball low and across the keeper into her opposite corner.
A very entertaining encounter, with two very good teams to watch, nice passing and good shooting.
Full Time: Celtic Girls Tayside 3-2 Lomond Colts