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  • Fleeting to the four as Celtic Women win

    Fleeting to the four as Celtic Women win

    By: Newsroom Staff on 13 Apr, 2014 15:27

  • Scottish Women’s Premier League Cup
    Quarter-Final
    Sunday, April 13, 2014
    Barrowfield

    Celtic 4
    (Fleeting 55, 66, 73, 85)

    Hamilton Academical 0

    FOUR second-half goals from Julie Fleeting gave Celtic Women a 4-0 victory over Hamilton on Sunday and booked a place in the semi-final of the Scottish Women’s Premier League Cup for the Hoops.

    Celtic opened the game brightly, and within minutes an overhead shot from Fleeting brought out the best in Accies’ keeper Cunningham. The remainder of the first 45 minutes, however, was as much a battle with the elements as it was between both sides. The second-half would be a different story.

    Chloe Arthur was brought on for Celtic at the start of the second half.  Her introduction brought experience and tenacity in the challenge which had been absent earlier. 

    This, coupled with Abi Harrison being deployed in midfield, transformed the nature of the game. Both these players, products of the Celtic Girls’ Academy, brought vibrancy and ability to pick a pass.

    Harrison was particularly prominent throughout the second period with clever, pacy runs and astute passes for Fleeting to run on to, and it was one such run and pass which allowed Fleeting to open her account 10 minutes into the second-half when she finished expertly when through on the keeper. 

    Fleeting’s second came on 66 minutes, and this time she rounded the keeper after another Harrison pinpoint pass.

    Harrison was once more the provider for Fleeting’s hat-trick goal, firing in a dangerous corner kick which was headed forcefully past several defenders on the goal-line. And the scoring was completed with five minutes left when the Hoops’ striker scored her fourth, again from close-in.

    Speaking after the game, manager David Haley said: “We´re all happy to be in the next round of the League Cup. That is always the objective in the cup competitions.

    “We didn’t start in the manner that I’d hoped for but maybe having a fortnight since our last competitive game and so many players away on international duty had an influence on that. 

    "We performed well in the second half and started to play the type of football that we are capable of. We managed to create a number of chances and it was pleasing to see a significant improvement in the style of play from the previous game.

    “The next game, against Spartans on Sunday, is one the players are looking forward to already, and hopefully with everyone back at training for the full week, we will be able to prepare for what will be a difficult game.”

    CELTIC: Fay, Brownlie (Rafferty 61), Jones, Heuchan (O´Neill 79), Craig, Clark, Richards (Johansson 70), Sinclair (Arthur 45), Fleeting, Harrison, Jansson . Sub not used: Logan.
     

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