Celts move into second with comprehensive Motherwell victory


Photo: Alan Bartle 

By Colette Carr

A Rachel Donaldson double and Sarah Teegarden header secured Celtic’s sixth win in a row and moved the Hoops into second place and the Champions League spots, just days before an all-important first v second meeting with champions Glasgow City.

Despite wanting more quality on the ball, Fran Alonso was happy with his side’s professionalism and another cleansheet, as Celtic signed off the penultimate round of fixtures with the victory.

The Hoops’ first real chance of the match came after only four minutes. Sarah Ewens went down in the middle of the park, leaving Lisa Robertson to stand over the freekick, but her effort landed in the gloves of Lauren McGregor. 

But the breakthrough came on the 17th minute through Donaldson in a well-worked piece of football. Chloe Craig’s long ball down the line for Ewens released the striker who found herself with plenty of time to await the run of Donaldson, who was perfectly placed to nod in the cross from the back post. 

And the in-form wide player made it two with ten until the break after a raft of Celtic chances. Jacynta’s first time cross was flicked on by Ewens in the area for Donaldson to control and stab home from close range.

Just six later Celtic put themselves comfortably ahead before the break with their third through Teegarden. Great determination from Anna Filbey allowed the defender to rob the ball near the area to drive to the byline and hook it in for Teegarden to score the Hoops’ second header of the day. 

Shortly after the restart, Robertson looked to have got the Celts a fourth as she did well to control the ball just outside Motherwell’s penalty box, but her rasping shot skimmed the crossbar with 52 played, before good footwork from Jacynta won the hosts a freekick in a similar area, but her strike landed on the roof of the net. 

Despite not putting further distance between the two, Celtic still managed to create with Jacynta, Kate Nicolson and Tegan Bowie all threatening the keeper. In added time, London Pollard had a golden chance to slot past McGregor inside the box, but her shot slipped just wide, but it was enough to see the Celts move into second ahead of

welcoming league leaders Glasgow City to K-Park. 

Celtic: Logan, Craig, Lee (Bowie), Jacynta, Robertson (Nicolson), Ewens (Pollard), Donaldson (Bartle), Teegarden, Clark, Atkinson, Filbey (McAllister)

Unused: Johnstone, Hayes

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