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  • Opening-day win for Celtic Women’s side

    Opening-day win for Celtic Women’s side

    By: Newsroom Staff on 11 Feb, 2019 11:05

  • Scottish Building Society Scottish Women’s Premier League One
    Sunday, February 10, 2019
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    CELTIC... 4
    (Ewens 3, Giard 13, Ross 40 & 50)

    FORFAR FARMINGTON... 0

    CELTIC’S Women made the perfect start to their much-anticipated 2019 summer season with a 4-0 win over Forfar Farmington. Midfielder Natalie Ross was in wonderful form, scoring two goals and setting up the other two for Sarah Ewens and Josi Giard.

    Manager, Eddie Wolecki Black gave starting places to all his new signings, Katherine Smart, Emma Black, Kirsty McLaughlin and Kodie Hay. All four fitted seamlessly into the team and produced steady performances.

    The Hoops were ahead within three minutes when Ross, on the edge of Forfar’s six-yard box flicked a throw-in from Keeva Keenan past the nearest defender across the face of the goal, and Ewens arrived at speed to volley into goal.

    This set the tone for the afternoon – relentless, pacey Celtic attacks which largely confined the Angus team to their own half.

    The Celtic backline was never really tested and this allowed them to build carefully from defence. In this, the distribution of centre-backs, Kelly Clark and Chloe Craig was excellent and set up many promising moves.

    Ross always seemed to be the right position to receive the ball and her passing was bringing her colleagues into the game. After 13 minutes a Ross pass through the centre of Forfar’s defence found Giard. She had much work to do and waltzed past a defender and then the goalkeeper to put the side two goals to the good.

    Just five minutes before the break, the industrious Ewens gained possession on the right wing before delivering a tempting cross which Ross duly dispatched with a volley from six yards  - a goal she clearly enjoyed as shown by her celebration.

    The half-time message had clearly been to continue as before and, if anything, the tempo increased.  Significantly, too, keeper McNicoll was much busier in this half, being frequently called into action.

    The 50th minute produced the magic moment of the afternoon.  A Keenan delivery from the left, was controlled by Ross on the edge of the penalty area, where she was immediately confronted by three defenders, but she left them stranded with a pirouette and fierce shot high into the net. A moment to remember.

    There were no further goals, but the attacking intent from Celtic never wavered, and this comfortable win was richly deserved.

    Manager, Wolecki Black said: “It was a great start after a hard pre-season. It’s really pleasing to have a win, score four goals, keep a clean sheet and be top of the league.”

    CELTIC: Cunningham, Black (O’Nell), Clark, Craig (McCulloch), Keenan, Smart, McLaughlin (Crosbie), Ross, Giard, Hay (Cairney), Ewens (McGovern).

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