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Celtic see off Hamilton in play-off decider

Hamilton Accies WGFC 0

Celtic FC Girls 14's 3

Donnelly, Kane, Hughes
  • Wednesday, 13 November 2002
  • Hamilton Palace
  • 15's Girls
  • SWF South West League

John Cox | YFS Central Region Journalist
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Hamilton Accies played Celtic FC Girls Academy in a playoff deciding game in the South West Development League to see who would become league champions. Both teams finished on the same number of points, therefore a further match between the two had to be played. The game itself was won by Celtic, who scored 3 in the second half through Emma Donnelly, Victoria Kane and Kimberly Hughes. At the final whistle, the Celtic team celebrated wildly and their victory was well deserved.
 
The first 5 minutes saw mostly Celtic on the ball. They had a couple of chances, most notably a goalmouth scramble which was cleared. A corner came their way, but Hamilton's Olivia McMahon was equal to it and got the ball away. Celtic had the front foot at this point, and they were attacking Accies mainly down the right. They had a couple of chances but were unlucky not to score.
 
Hamilton started playing at this point, creating a couple of chances to score. McMahon had a shot but it was straight at Celtic keeper Shannon Burgon.
 
5 minutes later, Rhiannon Brown nipped in to get the ball in the Celtic half. She took a very good shot but it was smartly saved again by Burgon. By this time, the game was very even and all it needed was for either team to get a break in the pouring rain, and that could have made the difference.
 
Celtic were back on the attack with Kane on the ball. She took it beyond two players, and forced a save with the foot of Emily Ferguson in the Hamilton goal.
 
The ball was skidding off the 3G surface and both teams were getting lucky breaks, but Celtic came closest to scoring when a corner from Ciara Bonner was caught on the volley by Whitehead, but the ball went wide of the goal.
 
  • Half Time:
  • Hamilton Accies WGFC
  • 0-0
  • Celtic FC Girls 14's
The second half began with both teams really going at it. Hamilton were stringing passes together. Sophie McGurk intercepted the ball, eventually playing through Nicola Miller, who hit an excellent shot from outside the box, however it was matched with a stunning save from Ferguson to deny Celtic the opening goal.
 
10 minutes later, Hamilton were racing up the park and Abbie McDonald won them a free kick, which she took. The ball was swung in, and found the head of McMahon but the keeper took it comfortably. 
 
Hamilton were looking the better side at this stage, with a lot of their attacks coming to a free kick or a corner. This was again the case, as McDonald had another free kick within shooting range, but she blasted it over. Hamilton were almost instantly back on the attack, as a great pass from Brown found Chloe Muir through on goal, but the shot was unlucky not to in as it sailed just over.
 
There was still everything to play for, as a Miller shot from Cetic was deflected over. Donnelly took the resulting corner, which to the delight of the Celtic team, sailed over everyone and into the roof of the net, leaving the keeper with no chance. 1-0 to Celtic.
 
Celtic had a grip on the game now, and this was proven again, as yet another corner was won. Donnelly took it and played the ball into the middle of the box. As the Hamilton defence tried to clear it, Victoria Kane ran in and poked the ball past the goalkeeper. 2-0 in favour of the Hoops.
 
Celtic had one hand on the title at this point, but Hamilton weren't giving up. Brown was alert and she nearly got a goal back but the Celtic keeper saved at her feet.
 
With just over 5 minutes to go, Celtic were pushing for third goal, and their hard work paid off when Mirin McGinley played through Hughes, and she calmly slotted the ball past Ferguson to make it 3-0 Celtic.
  • Full Time:
  • Hamilton Accies WGFC
  • 0-3
  • Celtic FC Girls 14's

Lineups

Hamilton Accies WGFC
Celtic FC Girls 14's

1. Emily Ferguson
2. Maxine Simpson
4. Kirsty Fraser
5. Caitlin Kelly
6. Ciara McLean
8. Olivia Ellen McMahon
9. Rhiannon Brown
10. Abbie McDonald
11. Chloe Muir
12. Emily Shearer
15. Emma Colquhoun
17. Megan Quigley
18. Sophie Louise Calder
20. Chloe Mcewan Coll
21. Emma Gray
22. Rachel Hardie

1. Shannon Burgon
2. Mirin McGinley
3. Ciara Bonner
4. Lauren Whitehead
5. Katie Frew
6. Emma Rebecca Donnelly
7. Kimberly Hughes
8. Hannah Fulton
9. Victoria Kane
10. Nicola Miller
11. Hannah Stewart
14. Sophie McGurk
15. Nicole Haggerty
16. Shannon Nagle
17. Kiera Gibson
22. Lori Dolan

Star Player
Hamilton Accies WGFC
Celtic FC Girls 14's
Sophie McGurk chased the ball down for the full game, and was unlucky not to score. She kept going and played very well where her team needed her.
Mirin McGinley ran up and down the park all game and helped her team out when they needed her. Playing in a way as an attacking defender, she had a very good game and a solid performance from her.
Magic Moment
Hamilton Accies WGFC
Celtic FC Girls 14's
Emily Ferguson made a great save at the start of the second half when it was 0-0. She tipped it over the bar and out for a corner when it was going in the net. Good shot matched by a great save.
Emma Donnelly scored a sublime goal straight from a corner. It dipped over everyone and found its way into the top corner of the net, not many people could believe it!
Club Views
Hamilton Accies WGFC
Celtic FC Girls 14's
Ryan Gemmell, coach of Hamilton Accies Girls said: "The girls worked very hard today, we came up against a very good side and even though they didn't get the result, I'm very proud of them."
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