Celtic Player of the Match: Kathleen McGovern
Kathleen McGovern stood out for Celtic in their win over Glasgow City in the SWF Youth Cup final on Sunday afternoon. McGovern, who started the game up front, bagged the only goal of the game as the hoops went on to win 1-0 in a close fought affair. Her goal came from an inch perfect through ball from tricky winger Aisha Maughan and McGovern made no mistake as she slotted the ball past City keeper Sophie Allison.
McGovern continued to cause bother for the city defence holding the ball up very well and getting into dangerous positions. As the game went on McGovern changed position to play in the middle of the park, this didn’t seem to affect her game as she won her fair share of tackles and loose balls and was a crucial player for Celtic as they looked to see the game out.
The energy and persistence of McGovern in the middle seemed to frustrate the Glasgow City midfield as they struggled to get a grip of the game. She was constantly in the faces of the City players, closing them down and winning possession back for her team.
The whole Celtic team can be proud of the way they played in their final victory. Aisha Maughan looked like she could cause the City defence problems every time Celtic went forward, with her skills, pace and range of passing which paid off with an assist.
Jade Menzies was also solid in midfield, barely losing possession and winning aerial battles. However, McGovern is worthy of her player of the match award for a real solid performance playing both as a striker and as a centre midfielder, and of course a fine finish for the goal that proved to be the winner as Celtic became Scottish Cup champions.
Glasgow City Player of the Match: Laura McCartney
Although their Under 17’s Scottish Women’s Youth Cup Final with Celtic didn’t go the way Glasgow City would have hoped, in midfielder Laura McCartney they had a player who can hold her head up high and be particularly proud of the way she performed.
From first whistle to last she was involved in almost everything Glasgow City did; she tracked back and helped break up any Celtic attacks, whilst going forward her first thought was always to drive at opposition defenders and look to take them on.
Her efforts were a key reason that Glasgow City were the better team for long periods in the first half and even after Celtic took the lead and began to take control of the game, she still looked like City’s best bet of producing a moment of quality that could’ve seen them back into the game.
She wasn’t the only City player to play well though. Half time substitute Danielle Mullen went straight upfront and began causing the Celtic backline problems. She was particularly good at holding the ball up when it was cleared from deep inside her own half, waiting for the City players to get up the pitch and bringing them into play.
Hannah Scott was another Glasgow City player to make a big impact in the middle of the park. Similarly to McCartney she was full of energy and effective both in possession and out of possession, whilst fellow midfielder Taylor Hamill was good going forward and showed a touch of skill on more than one occasion before she was replaced late on.
But it was McCartney who stood out the most, it was just unfortunate – from a Glasgow City perspective – that her team were unable to find that elusive goal.
Instead, it was Celtic who edged a tight game to be crowned SWF Youth Cup Champions.