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Academy :: Girls

 

Friday, June 08

 

- Weekend Fixtures
- News
- First team players: The Celtic View interviews
- Forthcoming fixtures

 

 

Celtic 17s

 

 


 

WEEKEND FIXTURES


Hensons Scottish Cup Round 2
Sunday 10 June 2012
FC Kilmarnock v Celtic

Blair Park
Blair Road
Hurlford
KA1 5BN
Kick-Off 12.15 pm
Access 11 am
Grass
Blue and white
Referee Craig Walker
Confirmed


Hensons Scottish Cup Round 2
Sunday 10 June 2012
Celtic v Hutchison Vale

Barrowfield
Kick-Off 4 pm
Referee David Burns
Pending

 


 

RECENT MATCHES


Scottish Women's Premier League
Thursday 31 May 2012
Inverness City 0 Celtic 6

N Ross (8)
Grant (18, 44, 73)
Craig (34)
Napier (90)

 

Celtic made the long trip north on Thursday last week to face Inverness City in a re-arranged SWPL fixture. The away side showed no signs of weariness from the journey, however, and and dominated play right from the whistle. With only five minutes on the clock Celtic had a strong chance to take the lead. An Emily Thomson shot rattled off the post to keep the game tied. Thomson was involved again minutes later when she drove in from the wide area, looked like pulling the trigger, and then with disguise laid off for Natalie Ross to finish from close range.

 

In the 16th minute, the ball was in the back of the net again when goalscorer Ross played in Cunningham to finish but the referee judged it to be from an offside position. However, it took only another two minutes for the Hoops to double their lead. After some great individual work down the right by Brown, she fired across the face of goal and Thomson laid back for Grant to fire in.

 

The third goal of the game came when a Heather Richards cross was headed in at the back post by Chloe Craig to pile on the misery for the home side. With only a minute to go till the break, Celtic scored their best team goal of the game. Barr won a challenge and played to the newly-signed Jenna Ross who passed to Grant who drove forward before passing out wide to Thomson. The midfielder cut inside and played a reverse pass to Cunningham who in turn played a first-time reverse pass to Grant who took one touch before finishing, making the difference between the sides four goals going in at half-time.

 

The second half began fairly uneventfully until a 50th minute penalty when Brown was brought down in the box. Grant was unable to convert and seal her hat trick for the game. Then Thomson came close to adding her name to the scoresheet before full-time. Her twenty-yard strike looked like it was dipping under the bar but the keeper managed to push it off the underside of the crossbar and catch the rebound. A Cunningham free kick almost provided Craig with her second headed goal of the game but her effort sailed narrowly over. The game went flat for a period with neither side creating any solid chances for a twenty-minute spell.

 

However, with fifteen minutes remaining, things picked up again. Thomson rolled in Grant with a defence-splitting pass which she finished to ensure she left Inverness with her hat-trick. The final goal of the game game in the last minute of play when Thomson played in young substitute Napier who struck from a tight angle to round off a strong team performance in Inverness with a sixth goal.

 

Stand-in captain Barr, speaking after the game, said: "After a long midweek bus journey combined with the fact that we had several regular starting players missing tonight we expected a tough game. However, this was one of the best team performances of the season. We started off on the front foot and had Inverness penned back in their own half for most of the game. The manner in which we scored our goals was particularly pleasing. Although Inverness worked extremely hard throughout the game they found it difficult to cope with our one- and two-touch combination play."

 

Celtic: Logan. Brown, Barr, Craig, MacMillan (Cairns 75), N.Ross, J.Ross (Napier 60), Cunningham, Richards, Grant (Crighton 78), Thomson

Gillian Campbell

 

Scottish Women's Premier League
Sunday 3 June 2012
Celtic 6 Aberdeen FCL 1
Brown (2)
Grant (5, 18)
Cunnngham, (25)
Richards (32)
MacMillan (48)

 

With second of three games in a five-day period, Celtic welcomed Aberdeen to Toryglen for their first encounter of the season for this SWPL fixture. The home side started with the same form which dominated Inverness in midweek and were two goals up after only 5 minutes. The first of these came from when Barr found Brown out wide with a pass. The full-back cut inside and unleashed a sizzling strike from just inside the box which left the keeper with no chance. Thursday's hat-trick hero Grant was next to score. Thomson hit the bye-line with her run and cut back for the striker to fire home at the back post. Goal number three was almost a mirror image of the second. This time it was Brown who hit the line and set up Grant for her second of the match.

 

Shortly after the midway point of the first half, Cunningham was brought down in the box and the referee wasted no time in pointing to the penalty spot. Cunningham herself stepped up and made no mistake in slamming her shot into the back of the net to take the team tally to four. The fifth and final goal of the opening half came from midfielder Richards, who benefited when a Lauren MacMillan shot was cleared only as far as the edge of the box and she was able to pick out a top corner spot for her shot.

 

MacMillan herself found her way onto the scoresheet near the start of the second half, when she connected cleanly with a ball in from a corner to blast in number six for the Hoops. With a lapse in concentration from the home side, however, it was the Dons who scored next. Rebecca Dempster finished well to reduce the deficit. The game went flat for a while after the flurry of early-half goals. With several substitutions from Celtic they continued to dominate, but struggled to finish chances and break down an Aberdeen side which sat deep and absorbed the pressure well.

 

With ten minutes to go, Celtic came close to extending their lead once again. After a string of attacking chances, Grant came agonisingly close when she lost her defender by cutting onto her left foot and fired off a shot. The ball rolled just wide to deny Grant her second hat-trick of the week.

 

Celtic: Logan. Brown, Barr (Arthur 58), Craig (Jones 58), MacMillan, N.Ross, J.Ross (Sneddon 46), Cunningham, Richards (Sinclair 83), Grant, Thomson (Jackson 70)
Sub not used: Fay

Gillian Campbell

 

Scottish Women's Premier League
Tuesday 5 June 2012
FC Kilmarnock 0 Celtic 8

 

Scottish Women's Football League Division One
Sunday 3 June 2012
Buchan Ladies 1 Celtic Reserves 1

Nivana Crighton

 

The Development Squad travelled to Buchan with a younger squad than usual with four of the Academy players from the 17s joining the squad for their eighth league match of the 2012 campaign. The long travel did not faze the Hoops as they moved the ball purposefully and confidently in the opening minutes creating an early opportunity which released Heuchan through the middle but her resulting shot was blocked by the Buchan defender.

 

Despite Celtic's early play Buchan worked hard to play football and showed their intentions of trying to win the game. Midway through the first half the home side came agonisingly close but keeper Farrell pulled off a great save to keep the game level. The Hoops came very close to taking the lead when Crosbie drove from central defence into midfield area and her vision freed Crighton on the left. Crighton played the ball across the face of goal that was met by Napier at the back post but her shot was again blocked by a Buchan defender.

 

Half-time 0-0

 

Half-time substitute Pilkington made immediate contributions. The striker linked with Cairns on the right before displaying nifty footwork to 'nutmeg' the Buchan player and play in Napier who curled the ball into box but again the Buchan defence cleared for a corner.

 

The Hoops showed real determination to open the scoring in the second half. Within the first ten minutes of play they had three corner-kicks, two shots from open play and a free-kick just outside the penalty area. However, the Celts could not find away to put the ball into the goal. With 64 minutes of play gone the first goal of the match came against the run of play from Buchan when their striker shot from 25 yards to lob the Celtic keeper and give the home side the lead.

 

The Hoops continued attacking play saw them gain several more corners. With 70 minutes on the clock, Crighton whipped an in-swinging ball from the the right corner which ended in the back of the net. Despite Celtic's efforts in search for the winning goal the match finished level.

 

Coach Tina Ferguson: "Today was another massive challenge for the squad. The girls worked hard and played some great patterns in the second half. They were unfortunate not take all three points against a strong and very well organised Buchan side. In particular we were delighted with how Rafferty and McAvoy from the 17s competed. They acquitted themselves exceptionally well today. The second-half performance was the standard we are looking to play at and the girls will continue to work hard to bring that standard to the whole game."

 

Celtic Reserves: Farrell, Cairns, Crosbie, McKerlie, McConnell, Crighton, Rafferty, McAvoy, Heuchan (Sloey 65), Napier, Fyfe (Pilkington 45)

 

15s Scottish Cup Round Two
Saturday 2 June 2012
Celtic 15s 4 Kilwinning SC 0

Sophie Sweeney
Nicole Telford
Ciara Bonner
Hayleigh Calvert

 

Coach Piero Carrino: With the girls not playing since their 5-2 victory over Motherwell FC Community Trust two weeks ago, this Scottish Cup tie against Kilwinning, who are currently top of their league, was always going to be a tricky one. The girls trained very well all week, with the focus being on the way in which they kept the ball through simple passing and moving combinations. The game started off quite frantically, with both teams attacking end-to-end. Celtic gained control of the game through some sharp-passing football from back to front, creating a couple of opportunities, only to be foiled by the Kilwinning goalkeeper, who made some very good saves.

 

On the 25-minute mark, Celtic took the lead with Monica Harty playing a well-weighted ball through the heart of the Kilwinning defence. Sophie Sweeney passed the ball into the bottom left-hand corner of the net. Just before the half-time break, it was 2-0 to the Hoops with Sophie Sweeney and Nicole Telford linking-up well, with Telford finishing well from close range. Eilidh Flockhart's game was finished earlier than we had hoped as she limped off with a knee injury. Her replacement was Lauren Whitehead, promoted from the 12s' squad for the 15s' Scottish Cup campaign.

 

The girls took their half-time instructions on board very well with a solid second-half display: enough to see off this resilient Kilwinning side. Ciara Bonner, recently promoted from Celtic 13s, came on early in the second half at left-back and got forward well to complement a very attacking display. She was rewarded on 50 minutes, when the ball broke to her on the edge of the penalty box before rifling the ball into the bottom right hand corner of the net. Hayleigh Calvert then made it 4-0 just 5 minutes later. Clever work from Sophie Sweeney inside the Kilwinning box set up Calvert, who spun her marker and put the ball away from close range.

 

Laura Hamilton was rarely asked to make a save in this game, but was brilliant off her line when the pacey Kilwinning striker got beyond the Celtic defence for the first time late on in the game. Lauren Whitehead was a menace on the right flank, combining well going forward and ensuring that she also fulfilled her defensive duties. A very impressive display for her first 11-a-side game.

 

This was a solid display from the girls and we are all delighted to be in the hat for the next round of the Scottish Cup.

 

13s Scottish Cup Round Two
Saturday 2 June 2012
Broughty United v Celtic 13s

 

13s Scottish Cup Round Two
Saturday 2 June 2012
Dunfermline Athletic 0 Celtic 12s 6

Mhairi Rennie 2
Teigan McPadden
Teigan Ferrie
Bethany Kerr
Nicole Cameron

 

Coach Michael McCahill: After the disappointment of not progressing to the final of the League Cup the girls were keen to put that behind them and they did that in some style today with one of the most impressive performances of the season.

 

From kick off Celtic dominated, moving the ball around well and Dunfermline never got the chance to settle. With the girls playing with a real confidence, working as team and also bringing in their own individual skills into play, nothing was going to stop them progressing to the next stage of this competition. With five different players getting on the scoresheet, it really shows what a great team performance this was.

 

I would like to thank Alan and the rest of his coaching staff for their hospitality and professionalism, and we would like to wish them all the best for the remainder of the season.

 


 

NEWS

 

 

Women's UEFA European Championship 2013 Qualifying Matches
Saturday 16 June 2012
Scotland v Israel

Kick-Off 3 pm
Tynecastle Stadium
Edinburgh

 

Thursday 21 June 2012
Republic of Ireland v Scotland
Kick-Off 8.30 pm

Turner's Cross Stadium
Cork

Congratulations to Celtic players Gemma Fay, Megan Sneddon and Rhonda Jones who have been selected for the Scotland squad.

 

Scottish Women's Football League Division One Cup Final
Wednesday 6 June 2012
Queen's Park v Paisley Saints Ladies

Recreation Park
Alloa
Kick-Off 7.30 pm
£5 Adults, £2 Children and Concessions

 

The Girls' Academy is looking for a female coach

 

A vacancy has arisen for a woman to join our coaching staff in the Celtic Girls' Academy. Ideally she would have an SFA Level Two (Youth) coaching qualification or equivalent. The commitment would be two training nights per week in the Glasgow area plus the weekend matches.

 

Paul Brownlie, who is head of the Girls' Academy said: "This is a fantastic opportunity to coach some of the most talented girl footballers in Britain. Our aim is to provide players for the Celtic first team, but we try at the same time to develop all the girls as responsible citizens. Our standards are high, but the satisfaction of working at a club like Celtic should not be underestimated."

 

Suitably qualified coaches should contact Paul by email: pbrownlie@celticfc.co.uk

 

 

Henson Scottish Cup Dates (senior teams)

 

June 10 : Round 2
August 19: Round 3
September 30: Quarterfinal
October 17: Semifinal
November 11: Final

 

Girls' Scottish Cup Dates

 

June 2/3: Round 2
August 18/19: Round 3
September 22/23: Quarterfinal
October 13: Semifinal
November 10: Final

 


 

FIRST TEAM PLAYERS: THE CELTIC VIEW INTERVIEWS

 

 

Wednesday, March 21: Paul Cuddihy interviews Natalie Ross. Read HERE


Wednesday, March 28: Paul Cuddihy interviews Rhonda Jones. Read HERE

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

FORTHCOMING FIXTURES

 

Scottish Women's Premier League
Sunday 24 June 2012
Celtic v Hibernian

Lennoxtown
Kick-Off 4 pm
Pending

 

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Scottish Women's Football League Division One
Friday 15 June 2012
Raith Rovers v Celtic Reserves

King George V Park
Windygates Road
Leven
Fife KY8 4DR
Kick-Off 7 pm
Grass
Confirmed

 

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17s League
Sunday 17 June 2012
Celtic 17s v Port Glasgow

Barrowfield tbc
Kick-Off 2 pm tbc
Pending

 

17s League
Sunday 24 June 2012
Falkirk Tullibody FC v Celtic 17s

Pending

 

17s Scottish Cup Round Two
Sunday 19 August 2012

Pending

 

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15s League
Wednesday 13 June
Celtic 15s v St Mirren YFC

Pending

 

15s League
Saturday 16 June 2012
Cumbernauld Colts v Celtic 15s

Pending

 

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13s League
Saturday 16 June 2012
Celtic 13s v Glasgow City

Crownpoint
Kick-Off 10.30 am
Pending

 

13s League Cup Final
Saturday 23 June 2012

Pending

 

13s League
Saturday 30 June 2012
Dumbarton United v Celtic 13s

Pending

 

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13s League
Saturday 16 June 2012
Celtic 12s v St Mirren YFC

Crownpoint
Kick-Off 10.30 am
Pending

 

 

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