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#SBSSWPL1: Forfar Farmington v Celtic FC

Celtic edge out Forfar in seven goal thriller.

Forfar Farmington 3
Kilcoyne 23, McGinley 48, McPherson 82
Celtic 4
Suzanne Mulvey (1), Sarah Ewens (29, 68), Josephine Giard (80)

Celtic denied Forfar Farmington a share of the spoils, emerging 4-3 winners despite being pegged back twice and seeing out a nervy end to the game.

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The visitors were a goal to the good after only one minute through trialist Suzanne Mulvey, with a Sarah Ewens brace and Josephine Giard effort enough to claim all three points.

Celtic enjoyed a dream start after Suzanne Mulvey bundled the ball over the line from close range in the bright start for Celtic. The Hoops looked to capitalise on their early advantage, but it was Forfar who found net next, through an unstoppable effort from just outside the area by Cheryl Kilcoyne on the 23rd.

The Hoops only took six minutes to restore their lead with a perfectly placed and timed Ewens volley from inside the box giving Celtic control of the match again.

But Forfar again worked their way back into the match and drew things level again only three minutes into the second half, Danni McGinley picking up on a pass through the backline to slot past the onrushing Megan Cunningham.

With the score level, both teams shown their intent on getting on top, carving out chances and testing each other, but it was Celtic who drew blood next, again through Ewens on the 68th, who calmly slotted home after linking with Giard in the box. Giard then got in on the act herself, extending their lead to four with her drive with ten to go.

Forfar were determined to have one final say though, with Beth Shillitto knocking it over the line in a goalmouth stramash following a delivery from the freekick only two minutes after Giard’s effort, but the Hoops held out to maintain their winning run, ahead of the visit of Hibs next week.

Celtic: Cunningham, Black (Crosbie), O’Neill (McLaughlin), Craig, Keenan, Ross, Clark, Hay, Ewens, Giard, Mulvey (Trialist)

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