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Hoops edge out Dons to seal league and cup double

Aberdeen FCL 0

Celtic FC 2

  • Saturday, 09 November 2019
  • Oriam
  • Under 17´s
  • SWF Youth Cup - Final
Celtic eventually secured an impressive victory over Aberdeen in the Scottish Women’s Football Youth Cup final. In a nail-biting match, both teams gave their absolute all but it was Celtic who proved stronger, with two impressive goals that came late on from Maria Mcaneny and Aimee Anderson.
Celtic got the game underway and looked impressive early on, moving the ball around well and making sure the whole team got a touch of the ball to calm any early nerves. Celtic forward Aimee Anderson put in a brilliant challenge early on to set the tone of the game but was unable to pick out a teammate with the resulting long ball. After some early Celtic dominance it was now the Don’s turn to put some pressure on and they did just that, with Hannah Innes creating some good chances from the right flank. Aberdeen started to move the ball swiftly and started creating a number of chances, however the ball just wouldn't seem to fall right for their waiting strikers.
Aberdeen’s Emma Rodgers played an excellent pass through but again Celtic defended well, with skipper Elise Mccormack keeping her back four well organised. From the resulting corner Aberdeen had their best chance of the game, with Leah Jones firing over from very close range. Aberdeen seemed to just be edging proceedings but Celtic looked dangerous on the counter, with both Aimee Anderson and Maria Mcaneny looking to break at any given moment. Towards the end of the first half Aberdeen were dominating the game but struggled to break down Celtic’s tremendous back four. 
Just as the first half was dwindling out and most supporters had their eye on a half time coffee, Celtic’s Maria Mcaneny hit a sublime strike which looked set for the top corner before Ellen Reid made a last-gasp save to just tip wide. This was the last of the action for the first half with both teams walking in wondering how it was still 0-0. A very fiery first half with some very good football played from both sides. 
  • Half Time:
  • Aberdeen FCL
  • 0-0
  • Celtic FC
The second half kicked off at a good pace, with both teams eager to prove they deserved the prestigious trophy. Celtic were immediately on the attack and had a big penalty claim as Rebecca Mcallister appeared to be bundled down in the box. Play was waved on but it was clear to see Celtic had came out firing in the second half. They looked slick and got around the pitch fast, putting the ever-resilient Aberdeen back four under huge amounts of pressure. As the clock ticked on, both teams seemed to turn it up a notch and a number of big challenges started flying in. Both teams knew time was running out to grab the decisive goal which they both so desperately craved. The ever-impressive Aimee Anderson used her pace and trickery to get Celtic up the field but again Aberdeen shut her out. 
Substitute Summer Christie played an outstanding second half, taking up position in the centre of the park and keeping possession very well. After breaking down another Aberdeen attack she released Aimee Anderson down the right wing. The Celtic winger again used her good skill to bamboozle the Aberdeen defence before drilling the ball across goal. The ball took a few bounces around the box before falling at the feet of Mcaneny,  who did very well to pick her spot and put Celtic into the lead.
1-0 Celtic.
The goal was harsh on Aberdeen, who had defended so well up to that moment. However it was a great testament to the Celtic players who had been very impressive since coming out for the second half.
With now being 1-0 down, Aberdeen knew they had to throw everything they had left at this game. They attacked in numbers but found no luck, constantly shut out by Celtic’s solid defence. 
With Aberdeen becoming desperate, Celtic seemed to grow in confidence and it was not long before the game was settled. If anyone deserved a goal in this game it would be Aimee Anderson and her constant trickery, pace and movement finally paid off late on, as she found herself in the right position to fire high into the roof of the net. 
This was the final nail in Aberdeen’s coffin and shortly after the whistle blew for full time.
  • Full Time:
  • Aberdeen FCL
  • 0-2
  • Celtic FC


Aberdeen FCL
Celtic FC
1. Ellen Reid
2. Emma Rodgers
3. Bailey Collins
4. Jessica Broadrick
5. Mairi Whittingham
6. Nadia Sopel
7. Connie Hannah
8. Erin Henderson
9. Hannah Innes
10. Eleanor Cooper
11. Leah Jones
12. Ellie Shand
14. Georgia Park
15. Emily Dalgetty
30. Rachel Johnstone
5. Rebecca Mcallister
11. Tegan Bowie
16. Kate Nicolson
32. Chloe Clemison
37. Kirsty O’Brien
38. Olivia King
40. Elise Mccormack
41. Maria Mcaneny
42. Aimee Anderson
43. Olivia Potter
44. Erin Rennie
45. Monica Forsyth
46. Machaela Macleod
47. Eva Gray
48. Eilidh Milligan
49. Abby Skelton
50. Summer Christie
Star Player
Aberdeen FCL
Celtic FC
The Aberdeen captain Eleanor Cooper had a difficult day down the right wing up against the in-form Anderson. However it must be said she did brilliant to constantly prevent oncoming attacks, drive her team forward and lead the team. Cooper did not put a foot wrong all game, and should count herself very unlucky to end up on the losing team.
Aimee Anderson was the star player of today’s game, with a top class performance from start to finish. Anderson was involved heavily throughout and capped her stellar performance with a well-taken goal.
Magic Moment
Aberdeen FCL
Celtic FC
Aberdeen’s magic moment just so happens to coincide with Celtic’s. We could not praise Maria Mcaneny’s wonderful strike without also praising the top-class save which came from it. Ellen Reid should be feeling proud of herself pulling out a save most pro’s would be delighted with!
Maria Mcaneny’s first half thunderbolt never hit the back of the net, but she can sure be proud of her attempt with only an excellent save denying her from 35 yards. The technique and skill shown with this strike means she takes home today’s magic moment.
  • Match report and photos copyright Youth Football Scotland.
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