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Henderson the four-goal hero as Glasgow City lift League Cup

Celtic FC 1

Menzies 60'

Glasgow City 9

Henderson 1' 17' 41' 56' MacDonald 7' Ronald 23' McCartney 33' Scott 38' 57' Sinclair 42' McGlinchey 50'
  • Saturday, 20 June 2015
  • Toryglen
  • 13's Girls
  • SWF West Region League Cup

David Brockett | YFS West Dunbartonshire Senior Reporter
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Glasgow City under 13s lifted the SWF West Region League Cup with a comprehensive win over rivals Celtic at Toryglen on Saturday.

Cara Henderson was the four-goal hero as Hannah Scott bagged a brace, while Ellie MacDonald, Lucy Ronald, Laura Jane McCartney, Lucy Sinclair and Karsey McGlinchey added a goal each. 

It took less than 90 seconds for City to open the scoring. A defence splitting pass from influential midfielder Scott found it’s way into the path of Henderson, whose right footed shot flew across the Celtic goalkeeper as City took a very early lead.

Just over five minutes later City added a second. After Henderson’s first-time shot was well  blocked by the Celtic goalkeeper, MacDonald’s placed shot into the corner doubled City’s advantage.

Midway through the first half, Henderson grabbed her second and City’s third of the game. Intelligent movement in the box allowed her the space to slide in and tuck away a fine team goal.

Katie Darroch’s effort was the first of note for Celtic, who struggled to compete with City’s dominance and possession based game in the opening exchanges. 

Seven minutes before the interval, Sinclair’s clever pass into the path of Ronald was exquisite and, after switching the ball onto her right foot, rifled home to give City a commanding four-goal cushion at the break. 

With seconds of the first half remaining, Celtic should have given themselves a lifeline. Only a fantastic double save from Rachael Campbell prevented Mhairi Crooks and then Darroch as Celtic tried to get themselves back into the game.

  • Half Time:
  • Celtic FC
  • 0-1
  • Glasgow City

Into the second half, City did not hesitate in extending their lead to five goals. The lively McCartney nipped in front of the defender and, after a poor clearance from the substitute goalkeeper, added a fifth.

Scott then scored her second and City’s sixth with a fantastic finish. A bursting run from McCartney saw her evade a lunging challenge, crossing the ball into the path of Scott who lashed her shot in at the near post.

With just 11 minutes of the second half played, Henderson secured her hat-trick. A brilliantly weighted ball from McGlinchey was perfect for Henderson to run on to and slot under the advancing goalkeeper. 

Less than a minute later, City netted an eighth. Great work from Henderson down the left saw her inch-perfect cross fall at the feet of Sinclair, who managed to dispatch her shot at the second attempt.

Sinclair then turned provider for City’s ninth. With Henderson once again involved in the build up, Sinclair held the ball up before laying it off to McGlinchey, whose first-time shot flew into the top corner. 

With four minutes remaining,  Henderson added her fourth of the game. McCartney spotted the front-post run of Henderson, who made no mistake in slipping the ball into the back of the Celtic net for a tenth time. 

Straight from the resulting kick off, City completed their rout with Hannah Scott’s brace. Another poor clear out was punished by Scott who scored the final City goal of the game.

Celtic did grab a late consolation through Jade Menzies, whose direct corner flew into the net past City goalkeeper Rachael Campbell, but it was too little too late as a completely dominant and deserving City ran out winners. 

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  • Full Time:
  • Celtic FC
  • 1-9
  • Glasgow City

Lineups

Celtic FC
Glasgow City
3. Monica Docherty
4. Eilidh Milligan
5. Katie Darroch
6. Machaela McLeod
9. Mhairi Crooks
10. Jessica Smith
11. Georgia Crooks
12. Jade Menzies
1. Rachael Campbell
2. Ellie MacDonald
3. Karsey McGlinchey
4. Abbie Warren
5. Olivia Robertson
6. Laura Jane McCartney
7. Lucy Ronald
8. Cara Henderson
9. Megan Whiteford
10. Hannah Scott
11. Lucy Sinclair
Star Player
Celtic FC
Glasgow City
Katie Darroch - Despite being the smallest player of the pitch, her effort and desire was evident in a game that just was not to be for Celtic.
Cara Henderson - Not only did she score four goals, but was involved in all of the fantastic play on show by City today.
Magic Moment
Celtic FC
Glasgow City
Jade Menzies' goal direct from a corner grabbed a consolation for Celtic right at the death.
Karsey McGlinchey's goal was the best of the game. It was a fantastic individual strike on the back of terrific team play.
  • Match report and photos copyright Youth Football Scotland.
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