Celtic put in a five star performance to rout Aberdeen in the 15's Girls Scottish Cup Final at Toryglen. A hat-trick for midfielder Emma Craig and goals apiece for Aisha Maughan and Taylor Hamill gave the Glasgow side the most comfortable of 5-0 victories.
The opening five minutes of the game gave no indication of the whitewash that was to come, with Aberdeen battling bravely in midfield and even forcing Celtic goalkeeper Kendall Walsh into the first save of the match with a chipped effort from Deirdre O’Riordan.
It was a false dawn for the Dons though and Celtic slowly but surely began to take control, focussing most of their attacks down the right wing through Maughan, a tricky winger with a bag of tricks that made marking her an almost impossible proposition. She hit the byline and turned in a great cross for Kathleen McGovern who didn’t quite manage to control the ball quickly enough, allowing goalkeeper Emily Mutch to clear.
McGovern and Maughan forced a couple more chances with good runs down the right before they took the lead through Craig. Picking the ball up in the middle of the park she drove through the statuesque Aberdeen defence, into the box and fired the ball into the corner of the net. It was an impressive run and finish from the midfielder who ignored the calls of her teammates and finished the job herself.
Craig was in fine form and outdid her exploits for the opener with a fantastic long range second. Over 25 yards out she hit a rocket that dipped just under the crossbar, with Mutch able to get half a hand to it, but unable to keep it out.
It was all Celtic now and only the quick thinking of Dons defender Lauren Masson prevented Gabrielle Higgins adding to the tally from Maughan’s cross.
The third was coming though and after being Celtic’s main creative outlet throughout, Maughan got herself on the scoresheet, running onto McGovern’s through ball, showing great strength to hold off a defender before picking her spot right in the corner and finding it with a curling finish.
As a contest the game was all but over and McGovern should have made it four before half time, twice being denied by Mutch one-on-one. Mutch made a few good stops, a double save from McGovern and Hamill in particular to prevent Celtic running up a cricket score in the first half.