Fran Alonso’s Celtic made it five Scottish Building Society SWPL 1 wins in a row on Sunday with a massive 8-0 win away to a Forfar Farmington side seriously depleted by player departures and suspensions.
It took the visitors just two minutes to get the first goal of the game. Mariah Lee managed to whip the ball into the box, and Anna Filbey successfully headed the ball into the bottom corner to give Celtic the early advantage.
In a fairly even first half it was the away side that offered more threat in attack. Caitlin Hayes had two opportunities in the space of two minutes, seeing a goal-bound header cleared by a defender and close-range shot sailing over the bar.
Out of nowhere, Celtic managed to score three goals in five minutes to essentially wrap up the win before the whistle was blown for half time. The first of which came in the 36th minute when a long ball from the defence found Izzy Atkinson unmarked in the box, the forward striking low for 2-0.
A minute later it became three when possession was stolen straight from kick off and Sarah Ewens found herself able to smash a shot into the net. The goal of the game arrived in the 41st minute as some neat attacking play from Celtic was rounded off by Sarah Teegarden who hit a sweet shot on the edge of the box with the outside of her boot over Lauren Perry, the ball bouncing off the bar and over the line for the Hoops to take a four-goal lead at half time.
Four became five in the 54th minute when the referee chose to award a penalty to Celtic after Lee was judged to have been fouled in the box. Chloe Craig stepped up to take the spot kick and although it looked as if Perry got a hand to the ball, it slipped through and into the goal, putting any chance of a comeback to bed.
Kevin McGreskin’s side had conceded 23 goals in their last five games before kick-off and such defending started to rear its ugly head when Celtic’s six was scored, as Mariah Lee found herself wide open at the back post to nod a neat diving header to get her first goal since scoring the winner at Celtic Park against Rangers.
In the 63rd minute, Celtic found their seventh goal when a free-kick from the left-hand side of the pitch found Sarah Ewens, her shot bouncing off the leg of Filbey and into the net, the Tottenham loanee pleased to claim her second of the match.
Washington-raised Lee completed the scoring in the closing stages of the match, jinking past a couple of unaware Forfar defenders and using her head yet again to see the guests travel back to Glasgow with another three valuable points for the race to league glory.
Forfar Farmington sit solidly in sixth position following the loss and welcome fifth placed Hibs to Station Park next Sunday.
The game’s visitors remain five points behind league leaders Glasgow City. Stewart Hall and Willie Kinniburgh take their Motherwell side to East Kilbride next weekend to face a Celtic side who are showing no signs of slowing down.
Forfar Farmington: Perry (71); Bruce (71), White, Ryan, Davidson; Kilcoyne (71), Cowper, Rennie (83), Gammie; Stewart, Taylor; Mowatt (71), Saddler (83), Bruce (71), Neave (71), Deubal
Celtic: Johnstone; Craig (58), Hayes, Warrington (58); Robertson, Teegarden (71), Clark, Filbey; Lee, Atkinson (58), Ewens (71): Logan, Keenan, Galabadaarachchi (58), Donaldson (58), Nicolson (71), Bowie (58), McAllister (71)
Forfar Farmington Head Coach, Kevin McGreskin:
Celtic Head Coach, Fran Alonso:
Forfar Farmington Defender, Leah White:
Celtic Midfielder, Anna Filbey: