Celtic make incredible history after dramatic cup win at Tynecastle - watch the decisive goals
Celtic have incredibly won a cup double in Scottish women’s football after a stunning and dramatic 3-2 after extra-time win over Glasgow City.
After picking up the League Cup in December, Fran Alonso’s time are now proudly Scottish Cup winners. It’s the first time Celtic have won the tournament in women’s team history.
The scoring got underway through Shen Mengyu, who latched on to a beautiful chipped pass into the box from Jacynta to smash past Scotland international Lee Alexander in the City goal.
Celtic couldn’t hold the lead for long though, with a dangerous set-piece from Hayley Lauder finding its way into the back of the net via an own deflection from Caitlin Hayes.
Charlie Wellings then, incredibly, scored her 40th goal of the season with a cool penalty after the outstanding Clarisa Larisey was fouled by Jenna Clark.
The most controversial moment of the game came shortly after when Jodie Bartle received a harsh red card for giving away a penalty on Priscila Chinchilla.
Chinchilla’s chance of getting on to a cross was low, so Bartle’s early exit for denying a clear goalscoring opportunity was dubious.
Celtic were up against it with 10 players for the entirety of the second half, but Fran Alonso’s team didn’t hold back. In fact, the Ghirls continued to look lively on the counter-attack.
Despite the brave showing after the interval, with plenty of end-to-end football and more stops from Alexander, the match went into extra-time. As always from an Alonso side, there was monumental heart and effort throughout.
Battling the player disadvantage, dodgy refereeing bruising knocks, last-ditch defending, saved chances and lung-bursting counters – Celtic kept themselves in the game.
Then, the big moment came when Sarah Harkes took the ball under pressure, turned and played the perfect through ball for 20-year-old Izzy Atkinson, who took her massive chance with aplomb.
With just five minutes of the 120 remaining, Celtic managed to hold on for a famous victory in front of a record-breaking crowd at Tynecastle, many of them Hoops supporters.
More reaction as we get it from a frantic afternoon!
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