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Five star Hoops too strong for Dons in Scottish Cup masterclass

Celtic FC 5

Craig (3), Maughan, Hamill

Aberdeen FCL 0

  • Saturday, 22 October 2016
  • Toryglen Regional Football Centre
  • 15's Girls
  • SWF Scottish Youth Cup - Final

 
Simon Ritchie | YFS West Region Reporter
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Celtic put in a five star performance to rout Aberdeen in the 15's Girls Scottish Cup Final at Toryglen. A hat-trick for midfielder Emma Craig and goals apiece for Aisha Maughan and Taylor Hamill gave the Glasgow side the most comfortable of 5-0 victories.
 
The opening five minutes of the game gave no indication of the whitewash that was to come, with Aberdeen battling bravely in midfield and even forcing Celtic goalkeeper Kendall Walsh into the first save of the match with a chipped effort from Deirdre O’Riordan.
 
It was a false dawn for the Dons though and Celtic slowly but surely began to take control, focussing most of their attacks down the right wing through Maughan, a tricky winger with a bag of tricks that made marking her an almost impossible proposition. She hit the byline and turned in a great cross for Kathleen McGovern who didn’t quite manage to control the ball quickly enough, allowing goalkeeper Emily Mutch to clear.
 
McGovern and Maughan forced a couple more chances with good runs down the right before they took the lead through Craig. Picking the ball up in the middle of the park she drove through the statuesque Aberdeen defence, into the box and fired the ball into the corner of the net. It was an impressive run and finish from the midfielder who ignored the calls of her teammates and finished the job herself.
 
Craig was in fine form and outdid her exploits for the opener with a fantastic long range second. Over 25 yards out she hit a rocket that dipped just under the crossbar, with Mutch able to get half a hand to it, but unable to keep it out.
 
It was all Celtic now and only the quick thinking of Dons defender Lauren Masson prevented Gabrielle Higgins adding to the tally from Maughan’s cross.
 
The third was coming though and after being Celtic’s main creative outlet throughout, Maughan got herself on the scoresheet, running onto McGovern’s through ball, showing great strength to hold off a defender before picking her spot right in the corner and finding it with a curling finish.
 
As a contest the game was all but over and McGovern should have made it four before half time, twice being denied by Mutch one-on-one. Mutch made a few good stops, a double save from McGovern and Hamill in particular to prevent Celtic running up a cricket score in the first half.
  • Half Time:
  • Celtic FC
  • 3-0
  • Aberdeen FCL
If Aberdeen planned to regroup at halftime and come out stronger in the second half, it didn’t work out. Within minutes of the restart Celtic had their fourth. Maughan’s effort was blocked but it fell to Hamill who made no mistake with a sharp finish.
 
Aberdeen were well and truly on the ropes and Craig hit them with a knockout blow to claim her hat-trick. Another signature driving run from midfield, skipping past the Aberdeen defence and finishing low and hard. 
 
Six minutes into the second half and the Dons had already conceded twice. But to their credit they didn’t capitulate and for the rest of the half they were the better side. Celtic may have taken their foot off the gas knowing the trophy was well and truly won, but a few dodgy moments at the back almost allowed Aberdeen a consolation, with the hard work of Emma Rogers forcing a mistake but Iona McLeod didn’t capitalise on her cut back. 
 
Sophie Jamieson was a tireless presence up front for Aberdeen and should really have scored at least once as the game wore on. She also turned provider for Louise Proctor with a fantastic cross stood up at the back post but Proctor’s header was narrowly wide.
 
Aberdeen will be disappointed with the result but their second half performance was a credit to the girls’ effort and they were certainly deserving of at least one consolation goal. In the end though they were outclassed and outperformed by a stand-out Celtic side. While Aberdeen fought bravely they simply didn’t have the individual talent that Celtic could call upon and that proved decisive. The Dons had a fantastic run to Toryglen and that will live long in the memory.
 
 
  • Full Time:
  • Celtic FC
  • 0-0
  • Aberdeen FCL

Lineups

Celtic FC
Aberdeen FCL
1. Kendall Welsh (GK)
6. Georgia Crooks
10. Taylor Hamill
4. Cara Henderson
16. Gabrielle Higgins 11. Eleanor Howard
17. Aisha Maughan
3. Dionne Polland
5. Leah Robinson
14. Emma Craig
7. Kathleen McGovern (C)
2. Chloe Warrington
8. Jade Menzies
9. Mhairi Crooks
12. Monica Docherty
13. Jenna Jones
15. Machaela MacLeod
19. Cara McInally
21. Emily Mutch (GK)
2. Mairi Whittingham
3. Bailley Collins
4. Ellie Shand
7. Ellen Reid
8. Eilidh Shore
9. Emma Rogers
10. Hannah Innes
11. Lauren Masson (C)
14. Sophie Jamieson
15. Deirdre O'Riordan
17. Sophie Taylor
1. Kirsten Pratt
5. Iona McLeod
12. Louise Proctor
16. Emily Taylor
Star Player
Celtic FC
Aberdeen FCL
A tough call with so many great performances but Emma Craig’s hat-trick helped Celtic on their way to lifting the trophy and means she richly deserves to be player of the match.
With better service in the first half and some better luck in the second, Sophie Jamieson could have made this game much more of a contest. She gave 100% with a committed and brave performance and was unlucky not to at least get a goal.
Magic Moment
Celtic FC
Aberdeen FCL
Emma Craig’s second goal was right out of the top drawer, a thumping effort from outside the box that dipped just under the crossbar. In truth any of Craig’s goals would have been good picks as they were all memorable.
The ceaseless running of Sophie Jamieson up front almost provided Aberdeen with a deserved goal as she harried and pressed the Celtic defence and set up Louise Proctor for a backpost header that went narrowly wide.
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