Hearts Women

Celtic Women 2-0 Hearts Women

15th August 2021

Hearts Women were defeated this afternoon in the SWPL Cup Group Stage by Celtic.

In a competitive match at the Penny Cars Stadium in Airdrie, the home side edged the match thanks to goals in each half from Tegan Bowie and Kathleen McGovern.

Hearts started the match strongly, giving Celtic no time on the ball, with an aggressive pressing game making the Ghirls uncomfortable while passing the ball around confidently. Celtic, with their experienced players, would create chances but it wasn’t coming easily to them.

McGovern was the first to threaten when she got in behind the Hearts defence, but on the angle, she shot high and wide of Charlotte Parker-Smith’s left-hand post. At the other end, Hearts had a glorious chance to take the lead. Lia Tweedie did brilliantly to close down the Celtic defence and stole the ball, but shot over the bar when one-on-one with the keeper.

Bowie was threatening a lot for Celtic, with long diagonals from right to left proving difficult to deal with as Celtic attempted to bypass the high press and she shot just wide midway through the first half, but the warning wasn’t heeded as she scored the opener, albeit in fortuitous circumstances, ten minutes before the break. She gathered the ball on the left-hand side of the area and shaped to cross, but mis-hit her ball across and it squeezed in at the near post.

After the interval, the lead was doubled when McGovern found herself in acres of space in behind the Hearts defence and shot from long range. Parker-Smith got a strong hand to it, and deserved to save the shot, but it dipped agonisingly into the net just under the bar. Previously, heads might have dropped, but Hearts kept going. Claire Delworth’s deep free-kick made it all the way to the back post for Eilidh Begg, but the winger fired over from close range.

McGovern then had an attempt on the turn from a cross but Parker-Smith got down well to her right to hold the shot. Hearts then made three substitutions, and one of them, Aimee Anderson, looked very bright up front, chasing down the Celtic defence, and carrying the ball forward. She beat her marker down the right a few minutes from time and crossed for Monica Forsyth, but a brilliant last gasp challenge denied Hearts a deserved consolation goal as the game came to a close.

Hearts: Parker-Smith; Delworth (Davies 79’), Hunter, Browning, Cowan; Kaney, Williamson; Forsyth, Smith, Begg (Birse 68’); Tweedie (Anderson 68’). Subs not used: Rodgers, McKay, Aitchison.

Photos courtesy of Vagelis Georgariou (biglens.co.uk)