Won one, drawn one, lost one. This is the Colts’ record from their first three games of the season whch have all been away from home following today’s 7-4 defeat to Celtic.
The opening exchanges of the match were fairly even and it appeared this would be a tight match. But, Sam McManus hit a first-half hat-trick that gave the home side a 3-2 lead at the break. Two of her goals coming from corner kick finishes on the 28th & 31st minutes and a great solo effort in the 40th. The Colts replies came from a set piece with Nicole Hutchison heading in at the back post from a Frances Fern corner and Fern deftly finishing a chance herself three minutes before the half time whistle.
Celtic restored a two-goal lead three minutes after the break when Clare Docherty turned Siobhan Broadley and gave McPhee in the Colts goal no chance with a great curling shot. Docherty bagged her second and increased the lead for Celtic just after the hour mark, with another fantastic finish.
Substitute Morven Bain finished from close range to give Celtic what looked like a match winning four-goal lead on the 70th minute.
The visitors quickly pulled two goals back to scare their opponents and it looked like they may have ended up with a draw as they got back into the match once more. Colts’ captain Lesley Blair got the score back to 6-3 in the 72nd minute from the penalty spot after substitute Amy Somers was bundled over. Michelle Keating made it 6-4 five minutes later from just outside the box following some frantic defending by Celtic.
Cumbernauld then had some great pressure that resulted in another corner straight after Keatings goal. Blair swung in a corner but McGregor in the Celtic goal took comfortably.
The scoring was completed in 83rd minute when a Colts defender turned the ball past McPhee into her own net under pressure from a corner kick.
For the neutrals it was a great game to watch. But for some slack defending it would have been a tighter score line.
Player of the match awards went to Sam McManus for her hat-trick and all round play and Sarah Wardlaw who epitomised everything the Colts did in their endeavours getting back into the match on several occasions.
Celtic 20s: McGregor, Crosbie, Docherty, O’Neill, McGuiness, McKay, McKerlie, McMahon, Wardop, Webb, McManus (c). Subs: Bain, Farrell, Gillies, McFadden, McGuire, Paton, Thompson.
Cumbernauld Colts: McPhee, Galbraith, Ruth Young, Hutchison, Broadley, Rebecca Young, Blair (c), McIntyre, Fern, Wardlaw, Keating. Subs: McSherry, Stevenson, Somers.