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  • Celtic women in narrow loss to Spartans in the capital

    Celtic women in narrow loss to Spartans in the capital

    By: Newsroom Staff on 06 Nov, 2017 11:48

  • Scottish Building Society Scottish Women’s Premier League One

    Sunday, November 5, 2017

    Spartans Academy, Edinburgh

    Spartans 3

    (Walkingshaw, Douglas, Brown)

    Celtic 2

    (Ewens, Clark)

    CELTIC fell to a defeat in the capital against Spartans when, despite starting the game with a spark in their play, they were unable to overcome their hosts in what was an exciting five-goal encounter.

    The Hoops went in level at half-time after a skilful finish from Sarah Ewens cancelled out an unexpected Spartans lead. The home side scored two more to lead 3-1 in the second half, but a wonderful strike from skipper, Kelly Clark finished the scoring in a 3-2 loss.

    The Hoops began this match confidently and with attacking intent as Cheryl McCulloch partnered the very experienced Kerry Montgomery in central-defence.

    Spartans offered little attacking threat in the early stages with the Hoops having plenty of the ball without creating chances.  However, in the 14th minute, Spartans mounted their first serious attack and stunned Celtic by taking the lead thanks to a powerful strike from Rachel Walkingshaw.

    Celtic continued to control possession, however, with Ruesha Littlejohn and Jamie-Lee Napier involved in much of the play, but without reward until a typical Littlejohn dribble allowed her to play the ball across the goal to Ewens who curled the ball into the net at the far post despite a touch from the keeper.

    After the break, Spartans immediately set about taking the game to Celtic and in the 53rd minute, Ronaigh Douglas netted from close range.

    An entertaining end-to-end tussle ensued with Spartans constantly testing Celtic with long, penetrating balls and in the 70th minute, the home side won a free kick wide on the left. A curling cross was volleyed into the Celtic net to give the home team a two-goal lead.

    Celtic continued to press forward and only three minutes later, Maddie Fulton, who had replaced Stephanie Knox, delivered a fine free kick from which Clark smashed the ball high into the net to finish the scoring.

    Celtic: Gibson, Knox (Fulton), Montgomery, McCulloch, Connor, Clark, Napier, Ross, Richards, Ewens, Littlejohn Middleton).  Subs not Used M Cunningham, Whyte, Fitzsimmons, Howat.

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