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  • Celtic lose out in the Battle of the Greens

    Celtic lose out in the Battle of the Greens

    By: Jonathan McFarlane on 11 Aug, 2014 10:33

  • Scottish Women’s Premier League
    Sunday, August 10, 2014
    Hibernian Training Centre, Ormiston

    Hibernian 3

    Celtic 2
    (Fleeting, Grant)

    CELTIC travelled to meet Edinburgh rivals Hibernian hoping to improve on last week’s disappointing home draw against Aberdeen. 

    However, despite two excellent goals from experienced strikers Julie Fleeting (above) and Suzanne Grant, the Hoops lost a very late goal to lose 3-2.

    Celtic started the game brightly, with the greater possession and with both full-backs posing problems for the Hibernian defence. Despite having the edge in the early stages, the Hoops found it difficult to find a creative spark.

    It took 18 minutes for Celtic to register their first shot at goal, with Harrison forcing Hibs keeper Reid into a good save. This encouraged Celtic and Brownlie linked up well with Fleeting and Harrison to force another fine save by the goalkeeper.

    For all Celtic’s greater possession, Hibernian always threatened on the counter-attack and almost scored shortly before the interval when Celtic’s Sinclair had to be alert to clear the ball off the line.

    Immediately afterwards Celtic broke and opened the scoring from a well-worked goal. Excellent distribution by keeper Fay freed Harrison down the left. The young striker jinked past a defender before cutting it back for Fleeting who steadied herself before firing the ball beyond keeper Reid.

    Hibs started the second half on the front foot and soon their striker Turner scored with a shot off the inside of a post.

    This sparked the young Hibs side into life and before long they were 2-1 ahead following a corner when Johnstone took the opportunity to fire past Fay in the Celtic goal.

    Celtic forced the Hibs keeper into several first- class saves as they tried to find a route back into the game. Fleeting was denied after a run by Chloe Arthur set the ball up nicely for the prolific striker whose curling effort was thwarted by a fantastic save.

    In the 89th minute Celtic thought they had earned a draw when a free kick by Sjoman was expertly turned home by Suzanne Grant.

    However, there was a final sting in the tail for the Hoops, when striker Turner scored her second of the afternoon for the home side, finishing high beyond Fay.

    Celtic manager David Haley said after the game: “We are all bitterly disappointed by the result. I felt that we controlled most of the first-half in terms of possession. 

    "We created a few chances but found Hannah Reid in great form, but we deserved to go in front just before half time.

    “However, the second half just didn't go our way. The Hibernian goalkeeper pulled off two first-class saves which kept them in the game. Defensively we didn’t look as solid as we usually do.

    “Overall I feel that we didn’t do enough with the possession we had and conceded poor goals. We need to learn from this and get back to winning ways as soon as possible.

    “Unfortunately we won’t get an opportunity to do this until we play Spartans in two weeks’ time. Preparation for that won’t be ideal due to international games but we will do all we can to secure three points from that game.”

    CELTIC:  Fay, Brownlie (Grant 60), Clark, Rafferty, McBrearty (Jones 60), Richards, Sinclair (McManus 73), Sjoman, Arthur, Harrison, Fleeting.  Subs not used: Logan, Lindsay, O'Neill.

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