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Dominant Celtic see off Central challenge to reach final

Celtic FC 2

Molloy (2)

Central Girls FA 0

  • Sunday, 05 October 2014
  • Stirling University
  • 15's Girls
  • SWF Scottish Cup - Semi Final

Alasdair Hooper | YFS Dundee Senior Reporter
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Celtic put on a commanding display to overcome opponents Central Girls, 2-0. Captain Brogan Molloy led the way by scoring both goals in the semi-final and they will progress to the final of the Scottish Cup.
 
Celtics intent was clear as they had far more chances than Central Girls. Early in the first half Abby Callaghan shot over the bar and Hannah Fulton also had an effort that whipped just past the left post. 
 
In the 7th minute a free kick taken by Celtic's Ciara Bonner was crossed straight into the penalty area and Central’s goalkeeper Errin Shepherd-Rodgers fumbled the catch, with the ball eventually going out for a corner.
 
Eventually the Celtic pressure told as they went ahead in the 20th minute of the game. Celtic’s tricky attacker, Nicole Cairney, made a great and skillful run down the left hand side. Once she beat her defender, she executed a perfect pull back into the penalty area where captain Molloy had drifted in unmarked. She unleashed a fine shot into the bottom left hand corner of the goal. 
 
Celtic continued as they had been throughout the game so far with further chances at goal. Fulton had a great chance to add to the lead when she gained possession on the edge of the 18-yard box. Her shot took a massive deflection and was claimed by Shepherd-Rodgers
  • Half Time:
  • Celtic FC
  • 1-0
  • Central Girls FA
At the start of the second half Central Girls had a positive spell. A first minute corner was met by Shaney McCabe, whose effort at goal was deflected up onto the crossbar. 
 
However, soon after this scare Celtic reassumed control of the game. Cairney, Jamie-Lee Napier and Callaghan were all causing the Central Girls' defence problems, with all of them having efforts at goal. 
 
Molloy had another effort at goal in the 42nd minute with the Central Goalkeeper saving the shot. 
 
Celtic defender Nicole Cameron also had an effort at goal when she met a corner kick with her head. Her attempt flew just over the crossbar. 
 
As the game neared its conclusion Central Girls started to become more of a threat as they searched for the equaliser. Both Fern Newbigging and Orla King started to give the Celtic defence problems with their tricky runs but no chances came to fruition. 
 
Celtic then put the game to bed in the 69th minute. A corner kick was launched into the penalty area and Molloy was there to fire a shot into the bottom left hand corner In doing so she doubled Celtic’s lead and her own personal goal tally.
 
The final whistle eventualy went with Celtic the deserving 2-0 winners.
  • Full Time:
  • Celtic FC
  • 2-0
  • Central Girls FA

Lineups

Celtic FC
Central Girls FA
1. Kiera Gibson
2. Mirin McGinley
3. Ciara Bonner
4. Brogan Mary Molloy
5. Katie Frew
6. Emma Rebecca Donnelly
7. Hannah Fulton
8. Kaela McDonald
9. Nicole Cairney
10. Jamie-Lee Napier
11. Hannah Stewart
23. Abby Callaghan
24. Nicole Cameron
25. Shannon Nagle
26. Kimberley Jane Hughes
27. Louise Lundy
58. Bethany Kerr
67. Nicole Eileen Millar

Statistics
Free kicks won: 3
Free kicks conceded: 11
Corners: 8
Shots off target: 3
Shots on target: 3
Headers won: 12
Tackles won: 14
17. Errin Shepherd-Rodgers
2. Leah Eddie
3. Shaney McCabe
4. Rachel Vickerman
5. Abbie Trotter
6. Lindsey Blues
7. Samantha Kerr
8. Ellie Kane
9. Fern Newbigging
10. Katia McKenna
11. Orla King
12. Dara Mcquillan
13. Natalie Wilson
15. Kerry Monro
16. Abbi Stuart-Monir
18. Carly Lauder
19. Kimberley Anne Mcalpine

Statistics
Free kicks won: 11
Free kicks conceded: 3
Corners: 2
Shots off target: 1
Shots on target: 3
Headers won: 14
Tackles won: 14
Star Player
Celtic FC
Central Girls FA
Brogan Molloy's double was the difference between the sides - but her all round performance was equally impressive.
It was a true team performance from Central, with every playing doing their bit. However, Samantha Kerr's class on the ball sees her take the star player status.
Magic Moment
Celtic FC
Central Girls FA
Molloy’s first goal. Lovely tricky wing play from Cairney to set up the chance
The final few moments while the score was 1-0. A couple of chances created and certainly their best spell of the game.
Club Views
Celtic FC
Central Girls FA
Interview to follow.
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