Glasgow City defeat Celtic 3-0 to reach the Scottish Cup Final
Glasgow City battled to a hard-fought 3-0 victory over a determined Celtic side in the Scottish Cup semi-final at Ravenscraig Sports Centre. The goals were scored by Jo Love (22), Suzanne Mulvey (72) and Suzanne Lappin (90+3).
In the opening 20 minutes City enjoyed the majority of possession but were unable to break down their well-organised opponents. The closest City came in the early stages was a Leanne Ross half-volley that flew past the post.
After 22 minutes City broke the deadlock when a Jo Love 25 yard wonder-strike left the Celtic keeper helpless. Glasgow had to be at their very best to successfully penetrate their determined opponents.
City came close to adding to their lead before half time when a Leanne Ross free-kick had Celtic keeper Fay scrambling to her left to tip the ball round the post.
Danica Dalziel in the City goal wasn’t as busy as her opposite number, but she earned her corn early in the second period when she successfully thwarted Celtic winger Brown.
Glasgow continued to dominate possession throughout the second half but were unable to convert their domination into goals, although Fishlock, Lappin and McSorley all came close.
The crucial second goal arrived after 72 minutes when Suzanne Mulvey raced on to a through ball from Lappin and showed great composure when she slotted the ball past the Celtic number one.
The final City goal arrived in stoppage time when Suzanne Lappin coolly directed the ball high into the net after great work down the left from Littlejohn.
City ran out deserved winners despite a valiant effort from their opponents. Both sides tried to play a neat possession game, but in the end, City’s class shone through. This was a compelling contest and a very watchable game of football. City demonstrated a level of sophistication consistent with their status as Scottish champions.
Commenting on the match, City First Team Assistant Coach, Donald Jennow said, “Today's result means we have guaranteed we will play in every possible domestic fixture for the second season in a row. The consistency this team has shown is testament to the efforts of every player in the squad. I thought we dominated today's game although maybe didn't create quite as many clear cut chances as we are used to.
“That small detail aside it was a good performance, played at a good tempo that has put us into the final and set us up well for midweek. When we moved the ball quickly and utilised our midfield we were difficult to live with. In the second half I think our fitness levels proved crucial in seeing out the game. Ultimately we have another fantastic day to look forward to as a club.”
Glasgow City will now face Hibs, winners over Rangers today, in the Scottish Cup final. The match will take place on November 17th at Broadwood Stadium.
Teams: Glasgow City: D Dalziel, E McSorley, J Love, L Ross, R Littlejohn, S Lappin, N Docherty, L Crichton, D O’Sullivan , J Fishlock, R Corsie
Subs: L Alexander, L Robertson, D Pagliarulo, S Crilly, J Nelson, S Mulvey, C Gallagher
Celtic: G Fay, C Arthur, F Brown, E Brownlie, K Clark, C Craig, J Fleeting, M Fulton, R Jones, H Richards, K Sjoman
Subs: M Gilmour-McGuire, M McKean, R O’Neill, A Farrell, C Docherty, E McKerlie
Match report with thanks to Graham Semple.
Pictures by Andy Buist