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Robertson wonder strikes send Rangers past Old Firm rivals into national final

Rangers FC 2

Robertson 3, 73

Celtic FC 1

Own Goal 12
  • Sunday, 25 September 2016
  • Kilwinning Sports Club
  • 17's Girls
  • SWF Youth Cup - Semi Final
Simon Ritchie

Simon Ritchie | YFS City of Glasgow Senior Reporter
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Two special goals from Hannah Robertson gave Rangers victory over Old Firm rivals Celtic and put them in the final of the Scottish Cup. It took Robertson only three minutes to curl a 25-yard screamer into the top corner and after Celtic had equalised through an unfortunate own goal, Robertson took the game by the scruff of the neck and scored another goal of supreme quality in the final ten minutes to send the Rangers fans into raptures.

The teams had barely settled into their formations, Celtic in a traditional 4-4-2, Rangers following the lead of their senior side and going 4-3-3, when Robertson, the left sided point of the attacking trio, cut in and unleashed an unstoppable long range drive into the far top corner. It was completely unsaveable for Celtic goalkeeper Jade Baillie who could only watch it sail over her head.

After the dust had settled from the wonder goal, the match struggled to live up to the standard it had set. Neither side was able to get the ball down and play the way they would have liked, with few clear cut chances for either side in the first half.

Katie Frew fired over the bar from an Abby Callaghan cut back in Celtic’s best opportunity in the opening stages, but they managed to grab an equaliser through persistence and a slice of good fortune. Rhianne Ferguson forced her way down the right, supported by Yasmin Boyce, and this time the cross into the box ended up in the back of the net via an unfortunate Gers defender who was attempting to clear it.

Back on level terms, but Celtic couldn’t press the advantage in the first half and almost found themselves behind again when Amy Joan Muir’s cross was headed narrowly wide by the imperious Robertson. Muir, who seemed to glide past her marker, found a perfect cross at the near post and Robertson beat Baillie to the ball but just couldn’t direct it on target.

  • Half Time:
  • Rangers FC
  • 1-1
  • Celtic FC

After the break Celtic began to grow into the game more, their midfield winning every 50/50 and putting themselves about in a way that was missing in the first 45. Yasmin Boyce fired an effort that looked to be heading in but for the head of Natasha Donaghy who put her body on the line to keep her team level. The subsequent corner almost gave Celtic the lead but Frew screwed her header wide of the far post.

Celtic were on top at this stage and when Rachel Connor was slipped through one-on-one it looked the chance they were craving. Her shot was saved at point blank range by Jordyn Elliot, but the rebound back off Connor almost found the net, eventually rolling just wide.

The missed chances and a disallowed goal for offside seemed to take the wind out of Celtic’s sails and they began ceding more and more possession to Rangers. Some good harrying and harassing up front from Claire Farquhar, Robertson, and Caitlin Bain kept the Celtic defence on their toes and kept the pressure off the Rangers backline.

Being further up the pitch gave Rangers more attacking opportunities and Donaghy showed her heading ability up the other end of the pitch when she flashed a near post bullet just by the post from a corner. But the goal was coming, and it was all about Robertson.

Applying pressure up the pitch she lobbed the ball over her marker then again on the bounce lobbed the ball into the far corner of the net. It was special stuff from a special player.

Celtic were on the ropes and although their staff implored them to push forward they were simply unable to hold on to the ball long enough to mount an attack. If anything it could have been Rangers who added to their lead, with Farquhar not quite catching a shot in the box correctly.

 

But it didn’t matter and the final whistle sent Rangers bouncing into the final.

  • Full Time:
  • Rangers FC
  • 2-1
  • Celtic FC

Lineups

Rangers FC
Celtic FC
1. Jordyn Elliot
2. Emma Rebecca Donnelly
3. Katherin Slaughter
5. Natasha Donaghy
6. Courtney Otto
7. Cody Kilday
8. Sophie Davidson
9. Sophie Grace Gilchrist
10. Claire Farquhar
11. Lucy Ruth Pollock 12. Amy Joan Muir
14. Caitlin Bain
15. Melissa McDonald
16. Shelley Campbell
17. Hannah Robertson
18. Maxine Simpson
19. Lauren Doran-Barr
20. Jenna Clark
1. Jade Baillie
2. Carly Girasoli
3. Kaysha Watson
4. Lindsey Blues
5. Rhianne Ferguson
6. Sara McWhirter
8. Katie Frew
9. Yasmin Boyce
10. Nicola Eileen Miller
12. Bethany Kerr
14. Jennifer Campbell
15. Rachel Connor
17. Julia Dunn
18. Abby Callaghan
19. Emma Fleming
Star Player
Rangers FC
Celtic FC
Aside from her two wonder goals, Hannah Robertson showed skill and flair beyond anyone else on the pitch. She was happy to take the ball in even when marked by two girls as she has the ability to turn out of the smallest of spaces. Always looking for the ball and trying to make things happen, whether deeper in midfield or by getting in behind, Robertson was the game's stand out player. And she can hit a ball!
Abby Callaghan was a constant threat for Celtic down the right hand side. Quick and skillful she caused no end of trouble for the Rangers defence and it was luck more than anything that stopped her from being a bigger part of this match. Like many of the Celtic side she was unfortunate to be on the losing side.
Magic Moment
Rangers FC
Celtic FC
Hannah Robertson's opener just about takes it, although the second was a piece of magic as well. The game was barely a few minutes old, the players were hardly warmed up yet, when Robertson curled in an absolute peach of an effort over the goalie and right into the postage stamp. A professional goalkeeper couldn't have saved it such was the power and accuracy on the dipping, curling drive. Magnificent and the perfect start for her team.
For a period after the break it looked certain that Celtic would score as their midfield began to dominate the game, winning every ball and slipping in their strikers with every chance they could get. Only an offside flag and some fine goalkeeping kept Rangers level but Celtic showed in that spell the quality they have.
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