In a pulsating encounter at Excelsior Stadium, the Celts dominated from the off, racking up a solid 6-0 victory over Motherwell.
Only 13 minutes in, after some persistent work from Menglu, a precise low cross allowed Amy Gallacher to flick the ball into the net from close range. Not long after, in the 17th minute, Kit Loferski doubled the lead, getting on the end of a well-placed cross from Ross to stab home.
By the 21st minute, Chloe Craig further stamped Celtic’s authority on the game, heading in from Cavanagh’s corner. The 30-minute mark saw Loferski net her second, courtesy of an assist by Partido. Craig had an opportunity for another, but a defensive header prevented her from scoring her brace. Nevertheless, Amy Gallacher, showing her class, managed to net her second of the day in the 42nd minute after pressing and robbing a Motherwell defender.
The score at half-time was a resounding 5-0 in favour of the home side.
As the teams emerged for the second half, three changes were made. Loferski, Cavanagh, and Ross made way for Burchill, Smith, and Goldie. Despite Motherwell attempting to venture further forward in the opening minutes, Celtic looked untroubled. This was evident in the 55th minute when substitute Tiree Burchill found the net, bouncing the ball in off the post.
Maisy Stewart made her team debut in the 56th minute, replacing Shen, while a near-miss moment for Celtic saw Burchill play it back into the box. Smith’s resultant shot deflected out for a corner. The 77th minute marked another notable debut for the Celts as Sophie Timlin was brought on in place of Cummings.
The remainder of the match saw Motherwell under intense pressure. However, a seventh goal remained elusive for Celtic.
Six of the best as the Hoops finish with five teenagers on the pitch! 🥰
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At the final whistle, the scoreboard read an impressive Celtic 6, Motherwell 0. It was a day of celebration for Celtic, with notable performances and academy debuts lighting up the pitch.