Celtic Under-15s produced a stunning performance to beat Aberdeen Under-15s 5-0 to lift the 2016 SWF Under-15 Cup. Once Celtic had taken the lead, there never seemed to be any doubt about the result with Aberdeen only really having their best chances late in the second half.
Aberdeen started the game with a high tempo and in the opening minutes, there were a couple of opportunities that this tactic carved out with the best falling to Sophie Jamieson who shot well wide.
But soon Celtic settled into their pattern with Gabrielle Higgins shooting wide from Kathleen McGovern’s cross before McGovern herself forced the Dons’ keeper Emily Mutch into a good save.
In the 11th minute, Celtic took the lead when Emma Craig found herself in acres of space to run into and gave Mutch no chance with a lovely finish.
The Glasgow club doubled their advantage ten minutes later when Craig chipped the keeper from the edge of the box with a precise strike.
And moments later, it was 3-0. Higgins robbed Ellie Shand of possession just outside the Aberdeen box and then picked out the far corner with a powerful shot.
Despite their advantage, Celtic kept on looking for more goals and came close through McGovern but Mutch produced a great save to parry her shot away. McGovern had another effort soon after parried by Mutch who bravely stopped Higgins effort after she pounced on the rebound.
Late on in first half stoppage time, great defending prevented Celtic’s fourth. Aisha Maughan was picked out on the edge of the box from a corner, and her effort took a large deflection and looked like it was going in – only for Eilidh Shore to make the block on the line.
However, in the first minute of the second half, Celtic did score their fourth when a corner fell to Taylor Hammill who blasted the ball into the bottom corner.
Aberdeen had a good chance to pull a goal back soon after when Hannah Jones’ corner was flicked on at the near post, but Celtic’s keeper Kendall Walsh was alert to make a good save.
And then Celtic scored their fifth as Craig completed her hat-trick with a goal similar to her first when once again, she found herself room to run into and picked out the corner with a lovely finish.
Aberdeen started to have more chances in the final third and came close when Hannah Jones’ shot just wouldn’t dip enough as it crept over the crossbar. Then Sophie Jamieson forced Walsh into a good save.
Iona McLeod had an effort from the edge of the box denied by Walsh before Jamieson saw her shot superbly parried by Walsh.
However, when the final whistle blew, the score remained Celtic 5-0 Aberdeen.
Celtic: Walsh; Henderson, Robinson, Polland, Howard; Craig, Crooks, Hamill; Maughan, McGovern, Higgins.
Bench: Crooks, Docherty, Jenna Jones, MacLeod, Menzies, Warrington, McInally.
Goals: Craig 11, 21, 39; Higgins 26; Hammill 36.
Aberdeen: Mutch; Masson, Whittingham, Shand, Taylor; Rodgers, O’Riordan, Shore, Collins; Reid, Jamieson.
Bench: Hannah Jones, Iona McLeod, Pratt (GK), Proctor, Taylor.
Tartan Kicks’ Player of the Match: Emma Craig (Celtic)