Celtic Women took home a share of the spoils this afternoon, as they fought back to draw 2-2 with Glasgow City at the Penny Cars Stadium.
— Celtic FC Women (@CelticFCWomen) September 12, 2021
The Hoops went into the game off the back of their first three points of the season last week, away to Aberdeen. This afternoons fixture had potential huge ramifications on this seasons SWPL title race.
Disappointingly, the Hoops went 2-0 down before the break. However, two inspired changes at the break from Fran Alonso saw his side pull the game back level as both sides took home a point.
The two sides looked to figure each other out in the opening stage so of the game.
On the half-hour mark, though, the away side took the lead. After a short corner, City attacker Clare Shine was given the space to drive into the box and finished the move off by beating Celtic keeper Chloe Logan at her near post.
Just eight minutes later, Glasgow City doubled their lead. A cutback from the left found its way to the centre of the box.
The on-running Lauren Davidson was then able to control the ball and have an effort on goal, which was just too much for Logan to stop.
Alonso attempted to change things up after the break bringing on both Olivia Chance and Shen Mengyu, who joined this summer, as half-time substitutes.
Early in the second 45 minutes, the changes look to have paid off as Celtic pulled a goal back.
The two substitutes both played their part, with Shen Mengyu pulling the ball back to Chance on the edge of the area, who finished the ball wonderfully into the bottom right-hand corner.
Celtic completed the comeback to level up the scoring on the 63rd minute, as Fran Alonso’s half-time changes once again played the biggest part in the Hoops second goal of the game.
Being released down the left-hand side of the box, Mengyu picked her head up and found Olivia Chance with her cutback, which gave the midfielder an open goal to finish and draw both sides level.
Under the circumstances, this looks to be a good result for Alonso and his side.
Going in two down at the break, some might have been fearing the first against the Champions, who have lifted the league 15 seasons in a row.
However, they showed great character to fight back and gain a point from the game, which could prove crucial in this campaign’s competitive league.
Next up is a trip away to Motherwell next weekend.