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Old Firm victory takes Rangers to Scottish Cup Final

Celtic FC 0

Rangers FC 4

Howat (2), Baird, Robertson

Paul Elliott | YFS West Region Journalist
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Rangers reached the final of the girls’ 17’s Scottish Cup following a comfortable 4-0 victory over their Old Firm rivals Celtic at Ravenscraig.
The early pattern of the match saw Celtic retaining the ball well in the opening stages, spraying the ball from touchline to touchline confidently. Nice touches were displayed by Monica Harty in particular, who was central to much of Celtic’s possession and their efforts to dictate the match. With Harty standing out for Celtic, displaying good touch and vision, Chelsea McKay was pulling the strings in the middle of the park.
It didn’t take Rangers too long to work their way into the game however, and they did so through influential players such as Sarah Robertson and Amanda Traynor.
The game’s first attempt at goal came from a Rangers corner kick when Erin Cuthbert sent a header bouncing agonisingly wide of the post. Rangers came close again shortly later when a sweet exchange sent Kirsty Elizabeth Howat on her way towards goal but she crashed her right footed effort off the crossbar.
Before long, Rangers took the lead through a well worked goal finished clinically by Howat, despite a despairing sliding attempt at a block by Megan McFadden.
It was a sensational finish into the roof of the net by the striker and gave her side a deserved lead.
Celtic had their fair share of possession but Rangers were having more influence in the final third. Rangers nearly doubled their lead when Robertson skimmed the top of the crossbar after Celtic failed to clear their lines.
The second goal did come when Dana Baird pounced on a rebound to tap the ball home from close range. The opportunity came following Howat’s long range shot, which thundered off the crossbar, but Baird was the only player to react and got a goal for her opportunism.
The first half came to a close with Rangers in the ascendancy but despite piling on the pressure Celtic held out, and the half finished 2-0.

The opening of the second half found Rangers living dangerously by overplaying in their own half. Celtic were successful in closing down quickly and showed urgency to battle back into the game. Celtic had an opportunity to pull a goal back when they won a free kick 30 yards from goal. Harty struck it right footed but the Murren Stevenson plucked it out the air just beneath the bar with ease.

Mirren Wright came close to extending Rangers’ lead when she pounced on a loose ball on the edge of the Celtic box. Her effort on the turn drifted wide of the target with Laura Hamilton helpless in the Celtic goal. It was a warning that was not heeded by Celtic as they found themselves three down only moments later.

A mistake allowed Howat to run through at the Celtic goalkeeper, she then showed great composure to take the ball past Hamilton and roll it into the empty net to make it 3-0.

As the half progressed Traynor proved to be a thorn in Celtic’s side as her direct playing style and sheer pace caused Celtic problems on the Rangers left flank.

Rangers scored their fourth after some excellent play by Howat in the middle of the park sent Robertson on her way to round Hamilton, left stranded in the Celtic goal, and stroke the ball home. 4-0.

With Rangers looking very confident they always looked like the more likely to score despite their exceptional lead. A fifth goal however was never forthcoming but the blue half of Glasgow will be more than happy with a 4-0 victory over their Glasgow rivals.


Celtic FC
Rangers FC
1 Laura Hamilton
3 Taylor Watson
4 Demi Wardrop
6 Megan McFadden
7 Monica Harty
9 Morven Bain
10 Chelsea McKay
11 Charmain McGuire
12 Hannah Preston
14 Hope Kilgour
15 Demi McLean
17 Hayliegh Calvert
50 Haylie Crosbie
57 Lois Heuchan
58 Simone McMahon
60 Cara Wilkie
70 Beth Preston
71 Georgie Rafferty
1 Murren Stevenson
4 Niamh Catherine Johnston
5 Chelsie Watson
6 Megan Karagiozis
7 Caitlin McLean
8 Erin Cuthbert
9 Kirsty Elizabeth Howat
10 Nicole Nancy Wilkie
11 Dana Baird
12 Alex Georgie Middleton
14 Sarah Robertson
15 Amanda Traynor
16 Mirren Wright
17 Sarah Clelland
Star Player
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Rangers FC
Monica Harty for her composure on the ball, quick feet and ability to find a pass while under pressure.
Kirsty Elizabeth Howat for being a constant menace. She always looked likely to score.
Magic Moment
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Rangers FC
The opening goal for Rangers, which was well worked and superbly finished at an important moment in the game.
Monica Harty twisting and turning on the edge of the Rangers box before spinning away from defenders.
Club Views
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Video interviews to follow.

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