Silverware success as Celtic FC Women lift the SWPL Cup


SWPL Cup Final
Sunday, December 5, 2021
Firhill Stadium, Glasgow

(Hayes 25)


Celtic FC Women picked up the first silverware of the season with a superb 1-0 victory over Glasgow City in the SWPL Cup final at Firhill.

A powerful header from Caitlin Hayes was enough to give Fran Alonso’s side victory, delivering the first trophy to the club since 2010 and their first since becoming a professional set-up.

The trophy triumph was well-deserved too, and the margin of victory could have been wider had the Hoops converted some of the many chances they created throughout the 90 minutes.

Indeed, inside the first two minutes of the game Charlie Wellings saw her header pushed on to the post by the City goalkeeper, before the striker had another effort that went wide.

It was clear that Celtic were determined to take control of proceedings at Firhill, and they eventually took the lead on 25 minutes.

The impressive Sarah Harkes delivered a free-kick from the right into the City area, and Hayes showed tremendous courage to bullet home a header.

Not surprisingly, City tried to find a way back into the game, but they found themselves up against a well-organised Celtic defence, along with goalkeeper, Rachael Johnstone, while Harkes and Liv Chance maintained control of the midfield.

Into the second half and the Hoops continued pressing for a second goal. That nearly came on 56 minutes when Wellings set up Jacynta, but Lee Alexander in the Glasgow City goal denied the Australian forward.

Five minutes later, Chloe Craig had the ball in the City net, but it was ruled out for offside, while at the other end, Johnstone continued to deal comfortably with any City threats.

And late in the game, substitute Tegan Bowie almost scored for Celtic after working her way into the box, but she was denied by the goalkeeper.

However, the Hoops remained in control and saw out the game successfully, the final whistle sparking scenes of celebration amongst the players, management and supporters as the green and white ribbons were tied on to the SWPL Cup.

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