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Celts fight back to pick up Aberdeen win

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By Louise Gould

Celtic FC Women’s depth in the team was the defining difference in the 3-1 win over Aberdeen. 

Five substitutions were made in the second-half and it was the sharpness and freshness of those players, Clarissa Larisey in particular who scored the equaliser and managed a second, that helped the Hoops claw themselves back from 1-0 down. 

As much as Celtic had the most possession and goal scoring opportunities in the first-half it was Aberdeen who made one of the only a few chances in the opening 45 minutes count.

Celtic were pressing around Aberdeen’s box and had three corners in quick concession but couldn’t find an early opener. 

Wellings, Chance and Jacynta, circled the box throughout the first half ready for a perfect Toland cross but nothing came to fruition.

But it was Aberdeen who took advantage of a misplaced pass by the Celtic defence and put themselves 1-0 up in the 39th minute. Hutchison had space and was able slot the ball passed Johnstone. 

The first change for the Ghirls was Tegan Bowie who replaced Chloe Warrington on the left wing right after half-time. 

Her speed and crossing added an extra threat to the Celtic side as they pushed for an equaliser. 

Wellings volleyed the ball in the centre of the box but Gilmour saved, then Chance’s close range attempt flung over the bar, Craig took a powerful strike which also went just over and then Jacynta’s effort rebounded off the post.

The Celts were had chance after chance but to no avail. Until a further two changes were made with Larisey and Atkinson replacing Olafsdottir Gros and Craig in the 71st minute of the match. 

Four minutes later Larisey and Wellings had teamed up and tried to push through a crowed box. 

But in the 79th hard work and constant pressing finally paid off for the Hoops. Larisey fought with an Aberdeen defender to win the through ball and tapped it past the keeper’s reach into the goal. 

With less than five minutes to go the entire Celtic side drove on for the winner and there the Canadian was again. Wellings passed the ball through to Larisey who slotted the ball into the net.

Celtic were brimming with confidence in the final stages of the game and in the 89th minute Shorts headed the ball home for the third from a well taken Toland cross, sealing the three points. 


CELTIC: Johnstone, Shorts, Craig (Larisey), Hayes, Warrington (Bowie), Shen (Harkes), Toland, Olafsdottir Gros (Atkinson), Jacynta (McGovern), Wellings, Chance


Subs: Bartle, Clark



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