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  • Cup disappointment for Celtic against Glasgow City

    Cup disappointment for Celtic against Glasgow City

    By: Newsroom Staff on 25 Mar, 2019 13:01

  • SWPL Cup Quarter-final
    Sunday, March 24, 2019
    Petershill Park

    GLASGOW CITY… 4
    (Shine 2, Lauder, Foley)

    CELTIC… 0

    THERE was disappointment for Celtic on Sunday as they were knocked out of the SWPL Cup, losing 4-0 to Glasgow City in the quarter-final of the competition. Now the Hoops will be aiming to get back to winning ways this weekend when they take on Rangers in their second Glasgow derby in a week.

    Celtic started the cup-tie brightly, and could have grabbed an early lead. Kelly Clark played in Kodie Hay on the wing, who then slotted the ball inside to Josi Giard, but her effort from close-range went narrowly wide.

    The early action gave Celtic confidence and they continued to surge forward in search of the opening goal, going close in the 10th minute. Keeva Keenan’s long throw into the area eventually found its way to Natalie Ross, but her snapshot was well held by the City goalkeeper.

    And Ross came close again just five minutes later, though her effort went narrowly over. Sarah Ewens was next to test the Glasgow City backline, latching on to a Katherine Smart cutback. She found some space for herself but her shot from a tight angle was also just wide of the target.

    However, on 24 minutes, the Hoops suffered a setback when Glasgow City took the lead. Former Celtic striker, Kirsty Howat set up Hayley Lauder, who fired a shot from the edge of the area into the top corner of the net. Just two minutes later it was 2-0 to the home side.

    Clare Shine volleyed home to put City in control, and just after the half-hour mark, she scored her side’s third of the game, pouncing on the ball after Celtic goalkeeper, Megan Cunningham, had parried Nicola Docherty’s initial effort.

    Despite aiming to start the second-half strongly, Celtic conceded a fourth goal on 52 minutes, with Megan Foley supplying the finish.

    The Hoops continued to push forward in search of a way back into the game, and had chances through a Ewens shot and a Claire Crosbie header, but City’s defence dealt with the threats.

    Just five minutes from the end, Celtic were denied what looked a legitimate goal, after a long clearance floated over the City goalkeeper and into the net.

    However, an offside flag ruled out the goal despite no Celtic player coming into contact with the ball.

    Now, the focus is on the Glasgow derby this Sunday, March 31, with a 2pm kick-off at Benburb's New Tinto Park, as the Hoops target all three points.

    CELTIC: Cunningham, Craig, Crosbie, Black, Keenan, Clark, Ross, Hay, Smart (Donaldson 62), Giard, Ewens.
    Subs: O’Neill, McCulloch, McLaughlin

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