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Sensational Celtic hit six in Old Firm SWF Youth Cup final triumph

Rangers FC 2

McLeary 19, 29

Celtic FC 6

Chuter 15,54 Robertson 25 Gray 27 Richmond 31 OG 33
  • Saturday, 09 November 2019
  • Oriam
  • 15's Girls
  • SWF Youth Cup - Final

Despite resilience from Rangers and almost coming back into the game Celtic came out on top in what became a dominant performance by the Hoops.

Both sides were lucky enough to receive a bye in the first couple of rounds, meaning they entered the competition at the third round stage. Celtic were comprehensive victors over Boroughmuir Thistle Purple and Hibernian, before coming through much sterner tests against Glasgow City and Lanarkshire Hibs. Rangers enjoyed comfortable victories over Aberdeen FCL in the third round and Hearts in the final four, sandwiched between tight encounters against FC Kilmarnock and Boroughmuir Thistle.

Celtic started the game brightly with Keira Chuter attacking the Rangers backline early causing Jodie Baker to make a save. In the 15th minute Celtic made a breakthrough as slick team play from the midfield into the attack resulted in Abbie Ferguson passing to Chuter on the left flank who cuts inside and slotted home a tidy finish into the bottom left corner away from the keepers reach. 

Losing a goal so early in such a big match can't have been easy but to the credit of the Gers they reacted in the best possible way. Jodi McLeary’s cross was met by Lily Caldwell who tapped the ball past Ava Eason but she was able to recover and pick up the ball before it crossed the line. A few minutes later the equaliser did arrive. McLeary latched onto a perfectly weighted through ball from captain Kirsten Love, before curling an exquisite shot over Ava Easdon and into the top left hand corner.

However, Celtic's lead was restored in the 25th minute after good interplay on the left wing between Tiree Burchill and Chuter who played in a fantastic cross to Ami Robertson who escaped her marker and scored an free header from close range, frustratingly for Rangers who felt they had just found a way back into the game.

The Hoops' advantage was doubled just two minutes later as Burchill took a quick-thinking throw to Georgia Gray who skipped past a couple of Rangers defenders before sending in a cross which sneaked past the keeper at the front post.

The game took another twist with 21 minutes on the clock. A penalty kick was awarded to the light blues and McLeary tucked it away with composure to bag her and her team's second of the match.

However, Celtic regained their two goal lead soon after as Lauren Richmond scored a stunning long range strike over the keeper’s head, following a blocked shot from Ferguson that broke well for the shot. Celtic then got a fifth which appeared put the game to bed before the half time whistle as Gray drilled a dangerous ball into the box iand it came off a Rangers defender last.

With this reporter on the verge of running out of paper, thankfully the goalscoring came to an end for the half. The teams headed back into the changing rooms to a loud applause from the thoroughly entertained crowd.

  • Half Time:
  • Rangers FC
  • 5-2
  • Celtic FC

The second half started similary to how Celtic finished the first with chances being created by them however, a much improved Rangers defence held them at bay and they weren't able to get any clear shots off to find the elusive sixth goal. Rangers continued to show good heart at the back as Chloe Clark made a last ditch tackle to stop Chuter from getting Celtic's sixth.

The sixth goal finally arrived after Burchill poked the ball through to Chuter who finished calmly under the keeper to finish the game on a high note and comfortably win the trophy.

The game was closed out by Celtic in dominant fashion as they were not forced to attack and therefore managed to keep hold of the ball for the duration of the last few minutes.

A fantastic performance on the big stage from Celtic to deservedly lift the trophy, whereas Rangers will reflect on a memorable journey to the final and hope to bounce back next year. 

  • Full Time:
  • Rangers FC
  • 6-2
  • Celtic FC

Lineups

Rangers FC
Celtic FC
1. Jodie Baker
3. Chloe Clark
4. Hollie Gillis
6. Emma Watson
7. Kristen Love
10. Rebecca Taylor
11. Lilly Caldwell
14. Kyla Jardine
15. Eilidh Austin
18. Leah Darly
19. Jodi McLeary
2. Lucy Hardie
5. Zoe Main
8. Eve Pollock
9. Cara Anderson
12. Talligh McArthur
20. Eve Browning
1. Ava Eason
3. Kacey Watson
5. Georgia Gray
7. Keira Chuter
8. Lauren Richmond
9. Ami Robertson
10. Abbie Ferguson
11. Tiree Burchill
14. Ailey Fraser
15. Phillipa MacConnell
17. Morgan Graham
2. Abbie Cusack
6. Madilyn Wilson
12. Megan McKay
19. Kayleigh Barghati
Star Player
Rangers FC
Celtic FC
Jodi McLeary's brace wasn't enough to bring home the trophy for Rangers but her performance was strong and caused the Celtic defence trouble throughout the match.
Keira Chuter was the star player for Celtic as she caused big problems for Rangers down the left wing as her driving runs and shots came close several times and got herself on the score sheet twice.
Magic Moment
Rangers FC
Celtic FC
McLeary's first goal was worthy of the occasion. A momemnt of class and arguably the goal of the game.
The final whistle was a magical moment for the Hoops. You could see what the victory meant to players, coaches and supporters alike.
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