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Glasgow City lift the SWPL title after beating Celtic 3-1 at Petershill

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Glasgow City secured a 3-1 win over Celtic to continue their 100% record in the league so far, the win was the icing on the cake for Eddie Wolecki Black’s side who also lifted the Scottish Women’s Premier League trophy today for the fifth season in a row, with Rachel Corsie securing her first piece of silverware as City skipper.

City dominated the early exchanges of the game, less than a minute in and Emma Mitchell cut inside before firing a shot towards goal, but Gemma Fay held the ball comfortably.

City had a number of further chances, including a long-range strike by skipper Rachel Corse, but her ambitious effort lacked any power behind it and Gemma Fay held it comfortably.

The home side recorded a few more efforts on and wide of target before Captain Rachel Corsie had a shot from distance, once again held by Fay as Celtic came under immense pressure from City in the opening period.

12 minutes into the game and skipper Rachel Corsie was nearly caught out, while trying to control the ball at the back, but the Scotland international did enough to shrug off the challenge from Celtic’s striker before clearing the ball away to safety.

On 18 minutes, Celtic had a great chance to take the lead against the run of play when Fiona Brown broke down the left and hit a fine cross across the six yard box, but City keeper Lee Alexander dove at the feet of Suzanne Grant to prevent the striker getting a shot off.

City midfielder Jo Love was penalised for a foul 25 yards from goal. From the resulting free kick the Alexander saved somewhat gingerly before turning the ball out for a corner. However in the process of saving the shot the City keeper picked up an injury and soon after had to go off replaced by Claire Johnstone.

City continued pressing forward to try to find the opening goal, and their pressure eventually bore fruit. Jo Love picked the ball up outside the Celtic goal before firing towards goal, with the shot looking to go past the wrong side of the post, Danica Dalziel slid in at the back post to turn it home and ease some jittery nerves within the City team.

Within seconds of the restart though Celtic were claiming for a penalty, when their striker was brought down in the box by Claire Johnstone making the save. Despite some half-hearted claims from Celtic the referee saw nothing wrong in the keeper’s challenge and the game carried on.

Into the second half and City started their last 45 minutes before being crowned SWPL champions, as they had started the first half by pegging Celtic back into their half.

And it wasn’t long before City extended their lead. Gemma Fay cleared the ball after a failed City attack only as far as Emma Mitchell. Mitchell picked the ball up from 25 yards out and fired a superb strike past Fay in the Celtic goal to make it 2-0 to City.

On 65 minutes it got better for City, Emma Woolley was brought down just outside the Celtic box. Emma Mitchell stepped up to take the resulting free kick and curled her strike around the wall and into the back of the Celtic net, with Fay in the Celtic goal grasping at fresh air to make it Glasgow City 3-0 Celtic.

Midfielder Jo Love was coming under some tough challenges, and at one point she was upended high in the air and came crashing down to earth hard, but the referee failed to award a free kick to City for the challenge on Love.

With fifteen minutes remaining, Celtic were awarded a penalty when Jo Love was penalised for a challenge on Suzanne Grant in the box. Chloe Craig stepped up to take the penalty and dispatched it past Johnstone.

City saw the remaining 15 minutes out to secure victory, a further three points and another game towards their 100% unbeaten league run, with only two games remaining.

Commenting after the match and lifting the title, Head Coach Eddie Wolecki Black said: “I want to congratulate all players and staff on another title. On the game itself, Celtic obviously set up a game plan to frustrate us with five at the back and a bank of four protecting the defence, which forced us to find solutions, which in the first half we struggled a little with. However, after the break, we utilised the ball far better and got into areas which allowed us to create opportunities. We now look forward to Wednesday’s semi-final against the same opponents.”

Full SWPL results:

Hibernian 4-4 Spartans
Falkirk 0-3 Hutchison Vale
Glasgow City 3-1 Celtic
Kilmarnock 3-5 Inverness
Rangers 3-3 Hamilton

Check out The Final Whistle’s Women’s Football Special that was recorded yesterday with City head coach Eddie Wolecki Black, skipper Rachel Corsie and Emma Fernon.

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Andy Muirhead is the Editor of Scotzine and the Scottish Football fanzine FITBA. He is the Scottish Football columnist for The Morning Star and has written for a number of other publications including ESPN, Huffington Post UK, BT Life's a Pitch and has had his work featured in the Daily Record, The Scotsman and the Daily Mail.

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