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.