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Celts through to semi-finals after Glasgow Derby glory

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By Colette Carr

There were no nasty tricks, just one sweet treat as Celtic avoided a Halloween fright night at the Rangers Training Centre and booked their place in the SWPL Cup semi-finals beating Rangers 1-0.

Charlie Wellings’ second-half strike secured their spot in tomorrow’s draw as they extended their winning run over Rangers to seven with another night to remember. 

Celtic started brightly, with Jacynta looking to get a shot away in the opening minutes, before Jodie Bartle picked out Wellings with a well-timed defence-splitting pass for the striker to draw Jenna Fife and place her strike around her, but Brianna Westrup was there to shore up the defence and deny the Celts an opener after ten minutes. 

The Hoops continued to string chances together and were unlucky on the 20 minute mark again to not go ahead. After more nice build-up play from the Celts, Clarissa Larisey drove towards the box before slipping it for Donaldson who crossed in, but Jacynta couldn’t make the connection and despite Bartle’s attempts in the second phase, the hosts cleared to safety.

Rangers began to grow a little more into the game, with Westrup going closest heading into Chloe Logan’s hands from the corner, while Olivia Chance’s threaded through ball for Wellings had too much on it up the other end leaving it level at the break. 

A minute into the second period, there was a blistering break for Celtic. Jacynta cut in through the middle and laid off for the newly introduced Tegan Bowie, who made a gut-bursting run to cross in, but Shen Mengyu stabbed just wide at the near post.

Moments later, Celtic were given an unwanted wake up call as Zoe Ness watched on as her low drive sliced just past the far post. 

But on the 56th minute the breakthrough finally came, as Wellings drilled a low shot from distance under the diving Fife to pull ahead and take the lead. 

Shortly after the hour mark, Wellings looked to turn provider, delivering a great cross for Larisey, but she couldn’t quite stretch enough to direct a shot on target. 

Into the last ten Kathleen McGovern looked to capitalise on another error from Fife, who was drawn out by Wellings at the corner of the box, but her shot from range was denied by the keeper who recovered in the nick of time.

Despite Wellings creating another couple of chances in the closing stages, seeing her lob inch just past the net before being flagged offside, her first Glasgow Derby goal of the season was enough to see the Celts into the semi-final of the competition for the first time since 2018. 


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