Celtic seal Glasgow Derby cleansweep for the season


By Colette Carr

Relentless Celtic made it ten victories in a row and a Glasgow Derby cleansweep for the 20/21 season, as they ran out 2-1 victors at Murray Park. 

It was a tale of two headers from corners in either half as Kelly Clark popped up at the back post and Sarah Ewens at the front to secure the massive three points for the Celts with just three games left to go.

With 13 played Chloe Warrington was alert to keep the hosts at bay early on. A mistake from Caitlin Hayes let Zoe Ness reach the byline and drive along to cut it back, but Warrington was stationed well on the line to block and deny the hosts an early lead. 

Six later, Jenna Fife was called into action for Rangers, as Mariah Lee found herself in space in the box to get on the end of Lisa Robertson’s freekick, but Fife reacted to touch it out for a corner at her bottom right. But Celtic were to stun Rangers from the resultant set piece, as an inch perfect Anna Filbey corner met the well-timed run of Clark, who had time and space to direct her header into the back of the net.

It was level though within seven minutes, as Rachel McLauchlan’s effort from distance floated over Chloe Logan. With minutes to go until the break, Logan produced a wonder-save to give her side a lifeline ahead of the interval, parrying away Brogan Hay’s strike from the Sam Kerr cutback.

The second half rumbled on in ever-constantly worsening conditions, with the Celts continuing to defend well against their city rivals.

Hayes looked certain to have scored her first Celtic goal, as she had to watch on as Fife stretched to tip her header from the Robertson freekick onto and over the bar. But the Hoops’ hurt didn’t last long, as Ewens did excellently to peel away and get into the front post to flick her header in and put the Celts back ahead, again in late dramatic fashion.

The visitors had seven left on the clock and four added on to protect their lead and make it two seasons in a row sealing a Glasgow Derby whitewash, and despite Rangers throwing bodies forward, and Hoops substitute London Pollard looking menacing going forward, it was to end 2-1, putting the Celts within three points of the top spot, and two ahead of Rangers with only three games left to play.

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