Celts come back from behind as Liv takes her Chances


By Colette Carr

Super-subs Liv Chance and Shen Mengyu inspired Celtic to a well-earned point as the Celts’ SWPL1 start to life at the Penny Cars went off with a bang.

The Hoops showed their fighting grit still lives on from last season as they battled back from 2-0 down at the break to rescue a point in the first Glasgow derby of the season, holding champions Glasgow City 2-2 on the night in front of a noisy home crowd.

Celtic started brightly and were rewarded for their efforts with the first corner of the match falling their way after great pressure from Charlie Wellings, but Caitlin Hayes’ header from Izzy Atkinson's cross skims just off target. 

Wellings continued to be a thorn in the City defence’s side hunting down everything to put them on the back foot, before Tegan Bowie read the play well to recover possession and bomb down the line to pick out the Englishwoman, who tried to lay it off for Clarissa Larisey, but the move broke down before they could punish the visitors. 

Just after the half hour mark the Champions broke the deadlock as Clare Shine drove at goal from the short corner to pass it through bodies and into the far corner to make it 1-0, and seven minutes later, they doubled their advantage through Lauren Davidson. 

Alonso introduced Shen and Chance for the second half and the two summer signings’ contributions and influence would prove instrumental in getting a result in North Lanarkshire, with Chance looking to tee up Wellings just seven minutes after joining the action,

But one minute later, she reduced the deficit to one. After picking out the run of Shen, she released the Chinese midfielder to bear down on goal, who eventually turned under pressure to slip it back for Chance, who took and touch and dragged a rasping effort low into the far corner.

The subs were at it again ten later as their partnership shone to draw the Hoops level. Shen did well to skip past the defender and draw Alexander out to tap it across into Chance’s path for the Olympian to tuck a neat finish high into the near post.

With the shift in momentum the Hoops stepped it up a gear chasing a winner deep into the final minutes, with Hayes nearly finding the net in similar fashion to her goal against Levante twice, before Chance won the ball out wide to pick out Wellings who held it up well to send the onrushing Shen on her way, with Alexander just beating her to it in amongst a flurry of chances for the Celts. 

But despite the upturn in performance in the second half, Alonso’s side had to settle for a share of the spoils as Celtic again demonstrated an unrivalled never say die attitude that continues to serve them well.

Celtic: Logan, Hayes, Bartle, Craig, Bowie, Harkes, Clark (Olafsdottir Gros),  Warrington (Toland), Atkinson (Chance), Wellings, Larisey (Shen)

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