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  • Celtic Women beat Accies

    Celtic Women beat Accies

    By: Fiona Dainty on 27 May, 2014 07:44

  • Scottish Women’s Premier League
    Friday, May 23, 2014
    New Douglas Park, Hamilton 

    Hamilton Academical 1
    Turner (30)

    Celtic 3
    Fleeting (3); Grant (37); Harrison (45)

    THE availability of New Douglas Park allowed Celtic Women’s Sunday league fixture to be brought forward to Friday evening and it was the Hoops who emerged victorious from the occasion. A crowd of over 400 saw goals from Fleeting, Harrison and Grant give Celtic a 3-1 win.

    Celtic started the game on the attack with the New Douglas Park pitch providing plenty of space to get the ball down and play passes with accuracy and purpose, and after only three minutes Fleeting gave the Hoops the lead when she volleyed the ball into the net after a good ball from Craig.  

    The Hoops controlled possession without producing an end product and were pulled back on the half-hour mark when Hamilton equalised through Turner.

    However, Celtic fought back and restored their lead on 37 minutes when Craig dispossessed a Hamilton forward and fed Sinclair who played in Grant. She lifted the ball over the advancing keeper, Cunningham, to make it 2-1 for the Celts. 

    Hamilton had a great chance to equalise soon after, but spurned the chance as their striker narrowly missed the target, and they were made to rue the missed opportunity. Deep into first-half injury-time, after a spell of controlled possession, Sinclair once more was the provider for Harrison.

    The striker latched on to the through-ball and, with few other options, unleashed an unstoppable shot high in the net from 25 yards.

    The second half followed the pattern of the first with Celtic in control and on 49 minutes Grant had a chance to kill the game but shot just past the far post. There were few clear-cut chances for Celtic to increase their lead but they controlled the majority of the half.

    Hamilton pushed forward to try and grab a goal in the last 10 minutes but didn't trouble the Celtic keeper. And the Hoops finished with 10 players after goalscorer Harrison was forced to go off with an injury.

    Manager David Haley told the official Celtic website: “I’m happy with the overall performance again and it was pleasing to follow the win against Queen’s Park with another creative display.

    “We started really well and we got an early goal. Unfortunately we conceded what, from our point of view was a poor goal. However, we reacted in a positive manner and created a number of chances on top of the goals we scored. The second half was much of the same and felt unfortunate not to add to the score.

    “I’m pleased with the way we are playing at the moment and we look dangerous going forward. This can only help for this weekend’s game against Glasgow City when hopefully we can put in another positive performance.”

    CELTIC: Fay, Arthur (Clark 67), Craig, Fleeting (Sinclair 23), Gilmour-McGuire (Johansson 84), Harrison, Jones, O'Neill, Rafferty (Lindsay 85,) Richards, Grant (Jansson 60).  Sub not used: Logan.

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