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Celtic FC Girls 2

Callaghan 40, Molloy 45

Glasgow City FC 0

  • Sunday, 09 November 2014
  • Toryglen
  • 15's Girls
  • SWF Youth Cup

David McSheffrey | YFS Central Region Journalist

Toryglen was the venue for the U15's SWF Girls Scottish Cup Final, bringing Celtic Girls and Glasgow City together in a penultimate showdown for cup glory. There was, of course, an added incentive in winning this match with the meeting being billed as a local derby - the mere thought of defeat was inconceivable.
 
But it was Celtic who would emerge victorious in a 2-0 win, with goals coming from Abby Callaghan and captain, Brogan Molloy. Both goals came in the second half, sending Celtic on their way to being crowned Scottish Cup champions for 2014.
 
The first chance of the match fell City's way inside the 2nd minute when Brogan Hay cut inside from the left and released a low drive at goal but Kiera Gibson saved comfortably.
 
It was a cagey opening ten minutes with neither team able to command the game, passes were going astray and both sets of teams struggled to grind out chances.
 
Celtic first made an impact when Kaela McDonald picked up on a loose ball and directed a shot from range but it was straight at City goalkeeper, Erin Clachers.
 
Nerves appeared to heighten as the first half progressed and both sides had been bereft of clear cut chances after twenty minutes played. City appeared to be dropping deep defensively, perhaps looking to snatch the opener on the counter.
 
Celtic were in real pursuit of a goal, however, building in confidence and dictating play in the final third. Brogan Molloy hoped to make Celtic's pressure count and tried an ambitious effort from 25 yards but her right footed dig went just wide of the right hand post.
 
In the 29th minute we saw signs of Glasgow's counter attacking game in full swing. They forced Celtic's backline into a state of disarray, and Hay tried her luck from range again but her attempt dipped slightly late and fell over the bar.
 
The referee shortly thereafter drew the first half to a close. Mixed emotions for both teams, with chances few and far between. However, both teams were still in it and if their game plans stressed the need to be both cautious and considered, then the players had responded reasonably well.
  • Half Time:
  • Celtic FC Girls
  • 0-0
  • Glasgow City FC
Celtic got us underway in the second half, and the heat of the occasion really began to intensify for both sides. But in the 40th minute, we got what we had been waiting for when Abby Callaghan opened the scoring for Celtic. A goal fit only for a cup final, a ball was played up from deep which found Callaghan in space behind the Glasgow defence. Approaching the right hand corner of the 18-yard box, Callaghan hit a mighty strike at goal which beat Clachers and found its rightful place in the top left hand pocket of the net.
 
And just five minutes later Celtic's captain, Molloy, doubled their advantage putting Celtic in a position of dominance and forcing the fixture on Glasgow. Celtic's second was made possible after a ball was fired into the Glasgow box finding Molloy all alone at the back post and gifting her the chance to slot the ball under Clachers and potentially make Celtic's dream a reality. 
 
Not content with just the two goal lead, Celtic hoped to build on their momentum. In the 51st minute, they were rewarded a free kick for a foul on McDonald. In the hunt for a third goal, McDonald volunteered herself for the free kick and hit a shot up and over the wall but Clachers saved well.
 
Celtic's two goals really did galvanise them as a unit, and they began to mount relentless pressure on the City defence. Jamie-Lee Napier's strike was saved by Clachers but the City goalkeeper struggled to get a firm hold of the ball dropping it and setting it on its path to goal but Clachers recovered well and collected the ball, alleviating any threat of a third for Celtic.
 
City were never seen going down without a fight, and it is to their credit that they remained focused on the game at hand and strived to find a way back into the match. With five minutes left to play, Arlene Carr cleverly kneed the ball down to tee up her effort before striking the ball from distance but Gibson served up a decent save for Celtic.
 
The referee then blew her whistle, confirming Celtic as the Scottish Cup champions for 2014. Disappointment for City but they can look back with pride on their journey to the final - a very commendable cup final showing from them. But it's all about Celtic, who were clinical in front of goal and fully deserved winners.
  • Full Time:
  • Celtic FC Girls
  • 2-0
  • Glasgow City FC

Lineups

Celtic FC Girls
Glasgow City FC
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. Nicola 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: 4
Fouls conceded: 3
Corners: 3
Shots off target: 1
Shots on target: 6
1. Carys Hopkins
2. Abigail Crawford
3. Danielle Gallagher
4. Murron Cunningham
5. Kirsty Fraser
6. Jemma Marriott
7. Chloe Muir
8. Olivia Crawford
9. Brogan Hay
10. Monica Anderson
11. Rebecca Welsh
14. Arlene Carr
15. Katie Gardner Rice
16. Chantelle Knox
17. Zoe Lamont
18. Eva Lockhart
19. Sophie McGurk
21. Erin Clachers

Statistics
Free kicks won: 3
Fouls conceded: 4
Corners: 2
Shots off target: 3
Shots on target: 1
Star Player
Celtic FC Girls
Glasgow City FC
Brogan Molloy, Celtic's captain. A real engine for Celtic, dictating the play in the middle and stepping up to her role as captain and a leader.
Erin Clachers, City's goalkeeper. Outstanding showing from her, serving up some great saves and keeping her side in the game right up until the end.
Magic Moment
Celtic FC Girls
Glasgow City FC
Callaghan's opening goal. A fantastic strike which any goalkeeper would have struggled to save.
City's football in the final minutes was arguably their best of the day. Arlene Carr's effort at goal was unlucky not to find the net. Her control and trickery with the ball preceding the shot was excellent.
  • Match report and photos copyright Youth Football Scotland.
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