Perfect ten for the Celts in the capital


By Daylin Docherty

Celtic got their first three points of the season after a stunning performance at the Oriam in Edinburgh as they battered Hearts 10-0. 

It was a remarkable attacking display by the Hoops to hit Hearts for the ten with no reply as they responded from their opening day loss to Glasgow City.

Celtic almost went ahead early in the game after Kate Nicolson met Lisa Robertson’s free-kick but her header smashed off the Hearts post. 

The Hoops eventually went ahead through the American, Summer Green. Green who was fouled just outside the box in the 24th minute, stepped up to take the free-kick and the low drive went past Tegayn Hamilton in the Hearts goal. 

Two minutes later, Celtic doubled their advantage through Natalie Ross. Tegan Bowie, the academy graduate, crossed a dangerous ball into the box that led to a Hearts mix up in defence. Ross then nipped into nod the ball home to put the Hoops two up.

Celtic then killed the game just before half hour mark as the Hearts goalkeeper rushed out to try and clear her lines but her clearance went as far as Rachel Donaldson who clipped the ball from 25 yards into the Jambo’s net to make it three.

The Hoops continued to press on in the first-half. Donaldson broke down the right hand side and whipped in a low cross to Green in the box, but her show was blocked away.

Youngster Bowie then made it four for the Celts just before half-time. Green rallied forward with the ball, noticing the academy graduate free on the left hand side, Bowie then received the ball before firing a stunning strike into the top corner as the Ghirls went in at half-time four goals to the good.

Sarah Ewens replaced Bowie at the break, and it wasn’t long before she made an impact. Ewens got in behind the Hearts defence, dribbled into the box, but was then upended by the Hearts defender, Georgia Hunter. The referee had no hesitation in pointing to the spot. Chloe Craig then stepped up, and rattled the ball into the left hand corner to put the Hoops up by five.

Young Spanish startlet, Anita, made it six for the Celts in the 66th minute. The Spaniard, met Green’s corner with her left foot, looping the ball over Hamilton in the Hearts goal.

In the 74th minute, it was a landmark goal for Ewens and what it goal it was. Cutting in from the left hand side, Ewens unleashed a beautiful curling right footed shot into the top corner to make it seven heaven for Celtic. Her 50th in the Hoops.

Hearts began to crumble as Celtic pressed on to get more goals. In the 76th minute, substitute, Kathleen McGovern pounced on a defensive mix up from a Green cross that totally evaded Hamilton in goal. McGovern was on hand to tap the ball into the net to make it eight for the Ghirls.

Three minutes later, McGovern doubled her tally and made it nine for Celtic in the capital. Ross with some excellent midfield play, drives towards the Hearts defence before slipping through a lovely pass to McGovern who knocks the ball past Hamilton.

Celtic then astonishingly hit double figures for their afternoon’s work. Ross this time rounding off the scoring with a terrific volley that smacks off the Hearts crossbar as Celtic made it 10 (ten)-0.

The Hoops will be at home next Sunday with Spartans the visitors in their third game of the new SWPL 1 season.  

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