Glasgow City keep SWPL hopes alive with big win over Celtic

GLASGOW City kept their SWPL 1 title hopes alive with a 2-1 win over Celtic in an eventful game at Petershill Park. They maintain a one-point lead over Rangers but have played two more games.

Celtic lost third-choice goalkeeper Anna Vincenti to injury after just six minutes, and without a replacement on the bench, captain and centre-back Kelly Clark volunteered to take over. Rounding out the outfield roster was teenage winger Tegan Bowie.

City took the lead after 27 minutes. Celtic were still claiming Ode Fulutudilu fouled Caitlin Hughes near the touchline when the South African took the ball forward and squared in for Chinchilla to score from close range.

City’s second came at the end of the five extra minutes for Vincenti’s injury. Lauder sent a free kick into the box and Clare Shine, who had failed to take advantage of two good chances towards the end of the half, took advantage of Clark being out of position to shoot into an open goal .

Fran Alonso made two changes early in the second half and his side looked more determined, but Chinchilla and Tyler Dods missed good chances to secure the game. Instead, it was Celtic who salvaged a goal mid-half when Bowie crossed from the left and Charlie Wellings scored at the far post.

Lee Alexander’s brave save later at the feet of Wellings kept his side in touch with Rangers. The defeat ends Celtic’s slim hopes of a second successive Champions League appearance next season.

Two goals in each half made it 17 out of 18 wins for Rangers against bottom side Hamilton Accies at New Douglas Park. Jane Ross, Kayla McCoy (2) and Janni Arnth were the scorers.

Hibernian beat Motherwell 7-1, Spartans beat Hearts 4-0 and Aberdeen edged Partick Thistle 2-1.

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