Celts to the four against Spartans at Lennoxtown


Image: Colin Poultney

By: Colette Carr

Fran Alonso’s side raced to a convincing 4-0 victory over Spartans in Lennoxtown, as Sarah Ewens, Jacynta, Jodie Bartle and Mariah Lee secured all three points for the Hoops.

The result extended their undefeated run to nine matches and clocked up their fifth cleansheet in a row, with the Celts looking to build on that momentum with just four left to play.

Celtic tested Alicia Yates in the Spartans goal from the off, but it was just after the quarter hour mark when the Hoops grabbed the lead. Jacynta placed a lovely ball over the top right into Anna Filbey’s path who squared it first time for Ewens to stroke a low effort in from close range.

Celtic showed no signs of slowing down as Chloe Warrington combined with Jacynta, who squeezed past Bobbie Beveridge to take aim, but her shot was held by Yates. But the Australian was to finally get her first Celtic goal just a few minutes later on the 29th. Lee outpaced her marker to latch onto the ball on the wing to drive to the line and cut inside to slip it into the area, leaving Jacynta to blast it in from a few yards out. 

With ten to go before the break Spartans looked to threaten the hosts. Rachael Johnstone was commanding in her area to punch Alana Marshall’s freekick clear to deny Kat Smart the header before dealing with Marshall’s second attempt with ease. But the Celts were to head into the break with a comfortable three goal cushion as Bartle rose highest to head in Filbey’s corner with four left till the interval. 

Lee turned scorer after just six minutes played in the second half. Picking up the long ball from Clark, the forward broke into the box to perfectly place her shot just past Yates from the corner of the six yard box. 

London Pollard looked to have got her first Celtic goal as she nicked possession just outside the box to charge at goal, but Yates stood strong to deny, before she couldn’t direct a header from a Jacynta cross goalbound after 74 minutes. 

Spartans battled for a consolation goal in the last ten, with Sarah Clelland hitting the crossbar, before Katie Frew tried to test Johnstone from range, but it wasn’t to be for the visitors as Celtic recorded their fifth consecutive cleansheet ahead of Sunday’s crunch derby away to Rangers.

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