Season rewind: Story of 2019 so far (Part one)


Season rewind Story of 2019

Ahead of the league restart, refresh your memory of an exciting campaign so far for Eddie Wolecki Black’s side with this handy guide to the season so far.

10 February

Celtic 4-0 Forfar

Celtic were handed a home tie for their opening fixture of the 2019 season and were keen to put a marker down for the season ahead. All four of Celtic’s winter signings were given a nod with Emma Black, Kirsty McLaughlin, Kodie Hay and Katherine Smart starting. 

The Hoops enjoyed a dream start as Sarah Ewens knocked home the first SWPL goal of 2019 after just three minutes, and Josephine Giard doubled the scoreline just ten minutes later. Goals from Natalie Ross either side of half-time gave Celtic an opening day to be pleased with, as the Hoops finished game week one propping up the top of the table.

17 February

Hibs 2-1 Celtic

Gameday two provided a true acid test early on in the season for a Celtic side chasing success this year. Traveling to Hibs, the Hoops were keen to retain their position at the head of the pack after their opening week of success, and again drew first blood within ten minutes through Ross for her third in two games. But two Hibs goals ahead of half-time seen the capital side extend their winning run over the Hoops. 

24 February

Dundee United 0-7 Celtic

Wolecki Black made no secret of the fact the cup competitions were something he is looking for success from this season, and the Hoops got their League Cup campaign off to a flyer away to SWPL2 side Dundee United. Kathleen McGovern opened her 2019 account in style netting a perfect hattrick, while Claire Crosbie headed home two McLaughlin corners. The scoring rout was completed by Ewens and McLaughlin herself, and with a magnificent seven in the back of the net, the Celts were back in the hat for the quarter-finals draw.

10 March

Spartans 1-5 Celtic

Following the highs of a free-scoring League Cup tie, Wolecki Black was keen to ensure his side remained focussed and structured as they returned to league action, and his questions were answered as Celtic cut an imposing figure in the capital.

Battling adverse conditions from blinding sunlight to blizzard-like snow, Ewens’ double in the first fifteen minutes gave the Hoops a comfortable start as conditions worsened. The cushion was welcomed with it taking until the 79th for the Hoops to score again, this time through Chloe Craig. A frantic end to proceedings ensued though as Spartans pulled one back ten minutes later, but 92nd and 96th minute finishes for McGovern and Craig buried the home side.

15 March

Celtic 0-0 Motherwell

Motherwell made the short trip from North to South Lanarkshire for the first ever SWPL1 meeting between the two in what was expected to be a fiery contest on the frosty Friday night. With previous players of each turning out for their counterparts on this occasion, and Motherwell being Wolecki Black’s last club, an enticing encounter laid ahead, but ultimately, they had to settle for a share of the spoils after a goalless draw panned out with neither team finding a real spark.

24 March

Glasgow City 4-0 Celtic

Celtic’s League Cup campaign came to an end at the quarter-final stages as they were dealt a heavy blow at the hands of clinical Glasgow City in Petershill. 

Wolecki Black’s side were left to rue an incredible opportunity just seconds after kick-off as Hay picked out Giard in the area, but the forward couldn’t convert. Despite continuing to carve out several chances, the hosts went ahead in the 24th minute, and sealed their victory on the 52nd, seeing the Celts bow out and attentions turn to the first Glasgow derby of the season. 

31 March

Rangers 1-4 Celtic

In front of a rapturous capacity crowd at Celtic Park, Neil Lennon’s men beat fierce rivals Rangers 2-1.

Across the city, at New Tinto Park in Govan, the Ghirls were about to emulate the Bhoys and mark a brilliant derby day double for the club. A blistering start for the Hoops set the tone early as a three-goal rout in the first 17 minutes blew hosts Rangers away as Giard, Kelly Clark and Ross all found net. 

Despite Celtic’s dominance Rangers almost clawed a goal back after being awarded a spot kick deep into the first-half, but a strong block from Megan Cunningham denied Clare Gemmell. McGovern scored her first senior derby goal ten minutes into the second-half, and while the home side scored a consolation in the dying embers, the Hoops moved into second on goal difference.  

Celtic return to SWPL1 action on Sunday 4 August against Rangers at K-Park. Kick-off is 2pm, entry is £5 for adults, £3 for concessions and free for under-16s.

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