Happy homecoming for dominant Celts


By Colette Carr

It was a case of the right place at the right time for determined striker Sarah Ewens, with her goal the difference in an otherwise dominant display against Spartans at K-Park.

Celtic survived a late rally from the dogged visitors though to ensure they kept their clean sheet and seal the three points in an outing in which they controlled proceedings throughout.

From the off the hosts made their intent clear, with Summer Green testing Rachel Harrison in the Spartans goal with a low drive before Tegan Bowie delivered a well-placed cross into the area within the opening three minutes.

Celtic continued to carve out a flurry of chances in the first half leaving Spartans with very little breathing room in the contest. Lisa Robertson, Green and Ewens all called Harrison into action, with a golden chance falling to Caitlin Hayes on the 17th minute as her header floated just over.

With 25 gone, Celtic were in full swing pressing forward hunting an opener, with Bowie almost grabbing her second goal in as many games with a dangerous shot across goal marginally off target, and despite a number of opportunities, it was level at the break.

The breakthrough came just two minutes after the restart with Ewens' pressing and determination paying off and punishing the Edinburgh outfit. Harrison’s ball out landed at the feet of Bobbie Beveridge facing the Spartans goal, but as she tried to clear it on the turn, Ewens was on hand to block the clearance and look on as the ball ricocheted off her knee and past Harrison to put the Hoops a goal to the good. 

Around ten minutes later Chloe Logan had a rare involvement in the match, coming out to deny Rebecca Galbraith at her feet with the striker breaking away and finding herself through on goal. Hayes, Robertson and Green found themselves with chances again, with substitutes Kathleen McGovern and Anita Marcos also eyeing up the Spartans goal but it remained 1-0 despite the Celts' dominance.

With the full-time whistle approaching the visitors pushed for an equaliser, but Fran Alonso’s side remained disciplined to see out the win ahead of next week’s first Glasgow derby of the season. 

Celtic: Logan, Bartle, Clark, Hayes (Nicolson), Craig, Ross, Robertson, Green, Bowie (Anita), Donaldson (McGovern), Ewens (Keenan)

Substitutes: McCulloch, Warrington, McAllister 

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