One match to go: Celtic on brink of historic achievement after 10-0 SWPL hammering
Celtic thrashed Forfar Farmington in their penultimate SWPL 1 fixture this afternoon at K-Park.
Knowing they’d have to rack up quite a scoreline if they are to have any hope of still winning the title at Glasgow City’s expense, Fran Alonso’s team didn’t disappoint.
A deluge of goals was scored, with the Ghirls eventually running out massive 10-0 winners.
It means that the team have closed the goal difference gap at the top of the table, also moving on to level points with City having played a game more.
Alonso’s team now have a superior goal difference to their title rivals, despite starting the day nine goals behind. Celtic are, incredibly, top of the table.
Chances of winning the title are still quite slim, with City due to play later today, but the victory has put Celtic on the brink of Women’s Champions League football for the first time.
The league runners-up go into the first round of next season’s competition. If Celtic win away to Motherwell next Sunday, qualification will be in the bag.
If City drop points against Spartans this afternoon then there will be a real chance for Celtic to win the league on the last day, with Rangers due to play Scott Booth’s team.
Celtic punished Forfar from the off
The superb Sarah Ewens got the scoring underway early doors, latching on to a Caitlin Hayes ball to finish precisely in the third minute.
Another Hayes ball played havoc with the Forfar defence shortly after, although Alana Bruce was unfortunate to loop the ball into her own net.
Celtic continued to push for more goals and that third came in the 27th minute when Chloe Craig nodded home from close range, having met an expertly swung-in corner.
It was Mariah Lee’s turn next. Five minutes after the third, the fourth goal arrived. The pacy Lee bamboozled the Forfar backline after a ball through from Craig, sweeping home amid defensive disarray.
Further strong play from Lee then presented the opportunity for Anna Filbey to lash an effort on goal. Hammered into the corner, it was 5-0 to Celtic before the interval.
Ewens got her second of the afternoon shortly after the break, reacting to a Craig effort that hit the woodwork.
The relentless Lee then added to the scoring in the 57th minute after capitalising on a goalkeeping error.
Craig was the third player to net a double, striking a penalty ten minutes from time.
Still Celtic looked for more in an effort to boost goal difference. The team were rewarded with a further goal for Filbey and Ewens’ third effort of the afternoon.
What a day! What a run! What team!