Summer strikes at the death to turn Old Firm Green for Celtic

Celtic's Keeva Keenan and Caitlin Hayes celebrate after their 0-1 victory over Rangers.
Celtic's Keeva Keenan and Caitlin Hayes celebrate after their 0-1 victory over Rangers. [Credit: Ian MacNicol/Getty Images]

A last-gasp penalty was all that separated fierce rivals Rangers and Celtic as the Ghirls took all three points in the SWPL1’s first Old Firm of the season.

Summer Green was the derby day hero. She smashed home a 93rd-minute penalty beyond Jenna Fife to move Celtic into second. They now sit three points behind league leaders Glasgow City.

The Blue Belles made one change from last week’s win over Hibernian, with Brogan Hay replacing Daina Bourma. Chloe Warrington and Keeva Keenan came into the side for Celtic.

And though it was Rangers who dominated all the possession in the early stages, Celtic had the game’s first chance when Green tested Fife following good work from Keenan.

Bobbie Beveridge of Spartans tries to clear but the ball struck Sarah Ewens of Celtic and looped into the net for the only goal of the game during the Scottish Womens Premier League match at K-Park in East Kilbride, Scotland.
Celtic players rejoice after finding the back of the net. [Credit: Alex Todd/SPP]

They went close again when Natalie Ross missed a guilt-edged chance, firing over from only six-yards out. Then, Zoe Ness saw her effort denied following Lizzie Arnot’s through-ball.

Rangers went closest, however, just before the break when Hay burst through the Ghirls defence to play in captain Clare Gemmell. Her shot was agonisingly cleared off the line.

The second period followed a similar theme. Sarah Ewens fired over on the 46th minute before Chloe Logan tipped over a magnificent half-volley from Gers’ Chelsea Cornet.

Logan went on to deny Rangers again when she saved magnificently from substitute Bourma twenty minutes from time.

The only goal of the game came with one of the final kicks of the match.

Celtic Women s head coach, Fran Alonso looks happy after the final whistle of the Scottish Womens Premier League 1 match between Rangers Women and Celtic Women at The Rangers Football Academy, Glasgow, Scotland on 15 November 2020.
Celtic Women s head coach, Fran Alonso celebrates after the final whistle. [Credit: Malcolm Mackenzie]

With Gers pushing for a late winner, Celtic were able to break deep into injury-time. And, following a third successive Celtic corner, Jodie Bartle smashed into the net following a goalmouth scramble, only for the referee to disallow the strike and point to the spot.

While incensed, the Celtic bench need not have worried as Green stepped up to smash home a perfect penalty.

Elsewhere in SPFL1, Hibernian were narrowly beaten at home by champions Glasgow City 3-2. Meanwhile, Motherwell smashed Hearts 3-0 to leave the Jambos rock bottom of the league.

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