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Monday, 09 September 2013 16:46

Celtic succumb to City's bookend performances

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Glasgow City
Celtic FC Girls Academy
Hay 1
Rice 3
Boyce 62, 65


15's SWF Youth Cup - Quarter Final
Nethercraigs Football Centre
07 September 2013

Paul Butterfield
By Paul Butterfield
YFS West Region Reporter

Nethercraigs Football Centre hosted a Scottish Cup quarter final that many had expected to be a close-run contest. What the final score didn’t demonstrate was that, with the exception of the first and final 15 minutes, this game was just that.
City opened the game at a blistering pace, winning possession from the off. A spilled shot from just outside the box fell to the feet of Brogan Hay inside the first minute, and the striker duly chipped a shot into the net to give her team the immediate advantage. 1-0 to City. 
Perhaps taken by surprise to have conceded so quickly, Celtic took a while to regroup. Two minutes after Glasgow City opened the scoring, their advantage was doubled when a high cross was met in the box by Katie Rice. Capitalising on a goalmouth scramble, Rice struck home powerfully, and it was beginning to look like a great afternoon for the light oranges’ forward line.
Indeed, at first City pressed their advantage. Hay came close to getting a second goal on 10 minutes, fighting off Celtic defenders in the middle of the park to send a shot just left of Celtic keeper Whitney McMahon’s goalmouth. Glasgow’s number seven, Carla Boyce, was a consistent thorn in the Hoops’ side: winning possession deep into the opposition’s half on 13 minutes, for instance, she was unlucky to see her subsequent shot go just high and wide of goal.
Celtic would eventually impose themselves upon play, but it was 16 minutes before they first troubled City goalie Lucy Taylor – Eilidh Flockhart’s low shot collected gratefully. 
Taylor would have more to do from this point on. Two Celtic free kicks preceded goalmouth action: the first resulting in number 22, Kaela McDonald, sending a quality long ball into the path of team-mate Collette Cavanagh. Cavanagh came inches away from slotting a final ball home, but just failed to get a touch before it ran out of play. The second saw Brogan Molloy find fellow defender Courtney White in the box: a good save from Lucy Taylor denied a goal. 
In addition as McDonald and Cavanagh, Molloy was a stand-out player for Celtic in the first half. She kept composed throughout, despite her team’s difficult first 10 minutes, and her distributive play was ultimately responsible for many of Celtic’s better chances.
Nevertheless, City held firm to see themselves into half time with a two goal advantage.

Half Time: Glasgow City 2-0 Celtic FC Girls Academy
Celtic retained their momentum following the half time break, but again found themselves without a killer final ball. Another good chance came from a free kick early in the half, as Darcy Molley collected a ball which had ricocheted off Glasgow City’s defensive wall. Her shot went slightly wide.
On 48 and 52 minutes, Courtney White and Sophie Sweeney would come close to pulling one back for Celtic respectively. White launched a good low cross into the opposition’s penalty area, only to see it roll out the other side again without any takers. Sweeney ably jostled defenders near the goal and hit a half volley wide.
Glasgow City were gearing up for their big finish, however. Intricate passing play between Brogan Hay and Carla Boyce troubled the Celtic back line a number of times before the two would combine to make it 3-0. A jinking run on the right from Hay beat a couple of defenders, before she squared the ball to Boyce to slot home in the 28th minute of the second half.
Not satisfied with just the three for her team, Boyce latched onto a long free kick three minutes later. Beating the keeper and passing into the net for 4-0, she helped her team end the game as strongly as they started it.
City march on to reach the final four, where they will be joined by Falkirk, Hibernian and Rangers. For Celtic, their attention returns to the league, where they will hope to emulate their top of the table finish in the first half of the season.
Full Time: Glasgow City 4-0 Celtic FC Girls Academy


Glasgow City Celtic FC Girls Academy
1. Lucy Taylor
2. Murron Cunningham
4. Amy Burrows
5. Marianne MacDonald
6. Lyndsay McCall
7. Carla Boyce
9. Brogan Hay
10. Katie Rice
12. Milissa McDonald
13. Sophie Paul
14. Aimee McGourlick
15. Chloe Gilfoyle
16. Chantelle Knox
17. Jeniffer McDonald
18. Olivia Crawford
21. Carys Hopkins
1. Whitney McMahon
2. Rachel Deyoung
3. Courtney White
4. Darcy Molley
5. Nina Fitzsimmons
6. Ellis Dalgleish
7. Collette Cavanagh
8. Joanne Rae
9. Sophie Sweeney
10. Louise Lundy
11. Mirin McGinley
22. Kaela McDonald
23. Eilidh Flockhart
24. Brogan Molloy
25. Dion McMahon
Brogan Hay scored a goal and set up another, acting as the lynchpin for City's attack.
Brogan Molloy was a supremely composed and capable defender, Celtic missed her following her second half substitution.
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