It was always going to be a tight encounter as these two city rivals battled for the SWF under 17 Cup at Toryglen, and with very little between the sides it all boiled down to Glasgow’s more clinical edge from set pieces, as they went on to retain the trophy with a hard fought victory.
With so much at stake this was a tight midfield battle from the off, in an opening half hour of few clear cut chances. Glasgow sought to seize the early initiative in the game’s opening exchanges, with Annie Earley’s free kick giving Celtic keeper Aoife Bradley a first comfortable save.
After 15 minutes the Celtic Girls slowly started to settle into the match, with the pace of Abby Callaghan stretching the Glasgow defence. Callaghan’s surging run down the left put Celtic back on the front foot, and Kaela McDonald had the first Celtic attempt at goal, firing just over the bar on 17 minutes.
Both sides continued to cancel each other out, as the Glasgow defence snuffed out the pace of Celtic’s forward trio of Callaghan, Nicole Cairney and Jamie Lee Napier. City meanwhile kept up the pressure at the other end, with Brogan Hay and Katie Gardner Rice providing encouraging runs from midfield.
It was going to take something special to unlock this match though and Rice provided the spark on 29 minutes to lay the ball on for City’s opener. After a quick turn down the right hand side of the box she found space and time to centre the ball to Lyndsay McCall, and her shot was diverted into the net by Olivia Crawford.
The goal sparked a quick Celtic response, with Napier moved into a more central attacking possession as they sought a cutting edge. Callaghan’s headed effort was cleared off the Glasgow line on 22 minutes, and one minute later Leah Eddie struck the woodwork from an edge of the box free kick.
The Celtic side went on to enjoy a good spell of possession without creating any further gilt edged opportunities. Glasgow held their shape well, with the hard working midfield of Crawford and Rice keeping them up the pitch as they closed out the half.