Celtic FC Women set up Glasgow Derby with double-figure demolition of Edinburgh City
Celtic FC Women have progressed in the Scottish Women’s Cup after soundly putting away Edinburgh City.
Fran Alonso’s side, who drew with Hibernian at the weekend, were in emphatic goal-scoring form after being frustrated against the Hibees. Alonso picked a typically attacking line-up, with Charlie Wellings, Jacynta and Olafsdottir Gros all starting.
And, of course, that attacking intent took no time to find a reward. Early attempts from Jacynta and Wellings sounded a significant warning to Edinburgh City, whose goal was being peppered with shots. After 11 minutes, Celtic broke the deadlock, with who else but Wellings getting Alonso and co off to an ideal start.
The goals kept coming. Just 15 minutes later, Olafsdottir Gros finished from close range to make it 2-0. On the half-hour mark, captain Kelly Clark made it 3-0, and Edinburgh City had a significant salvage job to do.
Of course, they couldn’t; Jodie Bartle slotted home from an Olafsdottir Gros cross, drilled low into the box after 34 minutes. A theme was developing, and a cricket score was on the cards.
Jacynta then combined with goal-scorer Wellings, who finished again from close range. That was 5-0, before we even got to 40 minutes. The English striker then made it a hat-trick, following up on a Kelly Clark shot. Not bad, not bad at all.
Jodie Bartle made it 7 before half-time. A well-delivered corner was met by Bartle’s head, who made it a brace before the break.
Goals keep coming for Celtic FC Women as Edinburgh City are blown away
If you thought Celtic FC Women were satisfied with 7 goals, you were wrong.
Alonso’s side came out with equal intensity in the second half, and took no time to add to the lead. Captain fantastic Kelly Clark leaped to meet a corner from Toland, with the second 45 having barely kicked off.
Was 9 coming? Of course 9 was coming. After just 50 minutes, Celtic FC Women were on the cusp of double figures. Charlie Wellings grabbed a fourth, and we were approaching record scoreline territory here. Edinburgh City had absolutely nothing to offer, as the irresistible Celtic attack kept coming.
Then, almost immediately after the restart, Celtic pressed and found the back of the net yet again. It was 10 (TEN)-0 to Celtic FC Women, and who else but Charlie Wellings to pile onto Edinburgh City’s misery?
Alonso made changes after the tenth goal. Cayenne Shorts and Rebecca McAllister came on for Izzy Atkinson and Chloe Warrington. Fran Alonso and his side weren’t taking their foot off the pedal yet, though.
After 63 minutes – it’s scarcely believable to type this – Celtic made it eleven. And what a goal, too; Sarah Teegarden launched a rocket from range.
With that, Celtic calmed a little. We were going periods of 7, 8 minutes with a goal at points. In fact, it took a whopping 20 minutes until the Hoops finally scored another goal. Yes, Celtic FC Women made it 12-0 through Caitlin Hayes, the scorer in the SWPL Cup Final, in the 86th minute.
12-0, and that was that.
Next up for Celtic in the Scottish Cup? Why, a Glasgow Derby against Rangers, of course [BBC]. The next round of cup games takes place on the 13th of February.
If you’re looking for goals, you’ll struggle to do better!
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