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Late Comeback See Stirling Stun Celtic

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Two late goals from Stirling University saw them beat Celtic for the first time ever to pick up their first points of the season. After a goalless first half where Celtic had perhaps the better chances, it looked like there would be no goals until the 86th minute when Suzanne Mulvey capitalised on a ricochet to fire Celtic in front. But Stirling did not give up, and in the 90th minute, Stirling equalised through Nicole Pullar’s header. And with the game looking like it would end in a draw, Jade Gallon’s wonder strike found Stirling’s winner.

The result saw Stirling move up to sixth, whilst Celtic dropped down to third.

First Half

Celtic had the majority of the possession in the opening stages, but it was Stirling who had the first chance of the match. A long ball sent Nicole Pullar through on goal and whilst her touch took the ball past Celtic’s keeper Megan Cunningham, it was too heavy giving her an impossible angle and it was no surprise when she found the side-netting.

And whilst Celtic was having plenty of possession in the final third, Stirling was still having the better chances. They should have at least tested Cunningham when Rachel Donaldson teed up Emma Lyons on the edge of the box, she blasted the ball over.

But in the 28th minute, Celtic should have scored. Joanne Paton’s corner picked out Courtney Whyte, but her header was saved point blank by Stirling’s keeper Chloe Logan and the home side just about cleared the ball.

Celtic came close again from a corner, this time from Christie Murray, but Courtney Whyte headed over this time at the far post.

But then, Celtic really should have taken the lead in the 37th minute. Mulvey was through on goal and she dinked the ball over the keeper, but she could only watch in agony as the ball curled just wide of the far post.

With the first half coming to a close, Logan was being called into action with numerous Celtic crosses. And in the 42nd minute, Mulvey had a couple of great chances, but both times she failed to find the target.

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Second Half

Early on in the second half, Christie Murray tried her luck from distance, but her effort went over the Stirling crossbar.

And they could have taken the lead from a corner which picked out Whyte whose shot was blocked, and the ball fell to Kelly Clark who took her time but shot over.

Good fortune saved Stirling as Mulvey broke the byline and fired a cross towards the near post where it hit Murray, and rebounded into Logan’s grateful arms.

Another Celtic corner nearly led to an opener. This time, they played it short which allowed Joanne Paton to whip in a dangerous cross to Mulvey who surely would have scored if it hadn’t been for Jennifer Godfrey’s brave block.

But then, Stirling nearly took the lead. After trickery from Jade Gallon nearly saw her break past the Celtic defence, the ball fell to Christie Kerr whose powerful shot was magnificently saved by Cunningham who tipped the ball onto the crossbar.

As full-time approached, both sides were looking for a winner. Stirling’s Rachel Halliday dragged the ball wide of the far post. And then it was Celtic’s turn to be denied by a wonder save as Murray’s powerful shot was tipped over by Logan.

Then Celtic took the lead when a fortunate ricochet played Mulvey into the box and this time, she found the bottom-left corner.

But in the 90th minute, Stirling equalised. Kerr’s magnificent long cross picked out Nicole Pullar at the far post, and her header gave Cunningham no chance.

And then,in the third minute of added time, Stirling found the winner when from 25 yards, Jade Gallon’s thunderbolt found the top-left corner.

Player Of The Match

Rebecca Galbraith – Stirling University





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