Depleted Celtic win Girls’s Scottish Cup


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Celtic have won both cup competitions this season
Celtic have received each cup competitions this season

Izzy Atkinson scored an extra-time winner as depleted Celtic beat Glasgow Metropolis 3-2 to win the Girls’s Scottish Cup at Tynecastle.

Deposed champions Metropolis twice fought again; Jenna Clark and Lauren Davidson cancelling out strikes from Shen Mengyu and Charlie Wellings.

Jodie Bartle was despatched off earlier than half-time however Celtic had the higher of it in entrance of a file crowd of 4,345.

And Atkinson’s late purpose secured a cup double for Celtic this season.

It’s Celtic’s first victory within the competitors and provides to the SWPL Cup they won in opposition to the identical opponents in December.

Metropolis, who misplaced out on the league title after 14 years of dominance, end a season trophyless for the primary time since 2005.

Celtic, who had completed 10 factors behind runners-up Metropolis in SWPL1, started at a tempo that Metropolis’s full-backs struggled to take care of.

Wellings sprinted down the correct however was denied by Lee Alexander within the sport’s first massive likelihood.

Metropolis responded with Megan Foley’s cross clipping the crossbar, however as play swung again to the opposite finish, Celtic introduced their enormous help to life with the opening purpose.

Jacynta Galabadaarachchi picked out Shen within the field and he or she coolly picked her spot excessive into the online.

Metropolis responded nearly instantly as Clark bundled in Hayley Lauder’s free-kick.

Then, two enormous moments of controversy had each side reeling.

Clarissa Larisey skipped by Foley and was taken down for a Celtic penalty. The referee had tried to play on earlier than belatedly pulling play again.

Wellings despatched Alexander the mistaken approach, however their lead could be short-lived once more.

This time Priscila Chinchilla earned a penalty when she was knocked attempting to achieve a low cross. Bartle was crimson carded for the infringement a lot to the fury of the Celtic bench, with Davidson slotting house the spot-kick.

Celtic players celebrate Izzy Atkinson's extra-time winner
Celtic gamers have a good time Izzy Atkinson’s extra-time winner

Fran Alonso’s facet had taken the lead twice, however now they had been right down to 10 gamers and really a lot the underdogs.

And but, it was Celtic who appeared the extra more likely to rating.

Galabadaarachchi was a whisker away from reaching a cross with the opposition field all to herself. After which an excellent higher likelihood arrived.

Wellings burst via the defence and previous the goalkeeper, had the online at her mercy, however someway ballooned her shot into the stand.

The motion would not let up proper to finish of the 90 minutes. Clark’s good problem stopped Wellings getting one-on-one with the goalkeeper. Metropolis then raced ahead on the counter and Ode Fulutudilu’s effort was deflected over the bar.

With the final kick of regular time, Atkinson scarpered previous her marker and Alexander needed to push away a drilled shot.

Because the minutes ticked away in additional time Atkinson would have one other likelihood and he or she made it depend, driving on the Metropolis defence, discovering a spot, and firing in low to seal a historic win.

‘We struggle up till the final minute’

Celtic head coach Fran Alonso advised BBC Alba:

“I could not be any prouder.

“I assumed we began excellent within the sport, however clearly the crimson card adjustments every little thing. Within the altering room at half-time, we spoke about it, we knew we might nonetheless do it between ourselves.

“This group present it on a regular basis. Now we have a powerful perception in ourselves – we struggle up till the final minute.

“Immediately is a big day, the second trophy of the season. I simply can’t consider it.”

On Bartle’s crimson card, he added: “Jodie was emotional however we mentioned ‘we have got you Jodie’ – that is what we do. It is a part of the sport, what is completed is completed.”

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