Celtic go into the winter break just two points off the top of the Scottish Building Society SWPL 1 after a 5-0 win over Motherwell.
Conditions were difficult for both sides in this game as the elements tried their best to take over this tie between two sides at polar opposite ends of the table, with Celtic sitting in third place and Motherwell second from bottom.
It took a while for either team to take a hold of the game, but when they did it took the form of a misfiring Celtic attack against a stubborn Motherwell defence with the first of the chances falling to Sarah Ewens, who couldn’t control the ball as it skipped off the surface across the Motherwell box.
Celtic thought they had broken the deadlock through Kathleen McGovern after she cannoned a shot off the post. Rachel Donaldson slid the ball to the striker inside the six-yard box, and although the ball ended up in the back of the net it was disallowed for offside.
Motherwell weren’t so lucky in the 42nd minute as Lisa Robertson connected with a beautiful volley from just inside the area leaving goalkeeper Khym Ramsay with no chance.
Celtic weren’t happy with the 1-0 lead though as just before half-time Ewens nearly doubled the the deficit, going close from distance. As good as Celtic were going forward, Motherwell will have felt hard done by going in at the half-time break a goal down after a resolute performance only to be undone by Robertson’s moment of magic.
After the break it did not take long for Celtic to resume control of the game and pin Motherwell into their own half. The pressure soon paid off as Roberston slid a wonderful pass through for Ewens who kept her composure and calmly lifted it over the onrushing Ramsey, to double her teams lead and seemingly kick them into a higher gear.
It wasn’t long before the third went in as Natalie Ross drove herself to the by-line and lifted a beautiful ball over Ramsay and two defenders to find Donaldson in acres of space to nod the ball in from close range.
Every time Celtic came forward, they looked as if they were going to score, which was a stark contrast to the first half when Motherwell defended so doggedly, they looked like a different unit in this second half. The main action looked to be taking place in front of the Motherwell 18-yard box and 20 minutes from time the ball was slid into the path of defender Chloe Craig, who drilled the ball low and hard past Ramsey who had to pick the ball out the back of her net for the fourth time of the afternoon.
It was soon five to cap off a dominant Celtic performance as Ewens grabbed her second goal of the game as she let the ball run through as she turned and tucked it away into the near corner with a first-time strike. And, she will feel unlucky not to have walked away with the match ball after today’s game as she came close a few times in the closing stages.
It was a tale of two halves for an unfortunate Motherwell team who just couldn’t keep a very strong Celtic at bay. Both clubs are heading into the winter break with different focuses in mind. Motherwell will be looking to regroup and reset in order to launch their quest to move up the table, while Celtic will be looking to maintain this high and carry it over into the new fixtures come January.
Motherwell: Ramsay, Connor, C. Watson, K. Watson (Slater 70), Hay (Rice 61), Adams (Swanson 61), Baillie, Sinclair (Crooks 80), Gardner, Callaghan, Skelton; Pollard, Roberts, McDonald-Nguah
Celtic: Johnstone, Bartle, Ross (Bowie 59), Craig, Robertson, Ewans, Donaldson (McAllister 59), Clark, Nicolson, Warrington (Keenan 68), McGovern (Anita 68); Logan, McCulloch, Hayes