Academy :: Girls
Friday, November 8
THANKS TO PLAYERS, PARENTS AND COACHES
At the end of the seventh season of the Celtic women's and girls' programme, it is important to acknowledge the huge commitment, hard-work and effort from everyone who contributed to the successes gained.
Thanks go to all the players, from the first team right down to Celtic 11s and the younger development players. The time which the players devote to their football is truly breath-taking. To the hours spent in training and during matches must be added the travel time – and in many cases this is considerable.
Just as important, as far as our Academy teams are concerned, is the vital and invaluable role of the parents. Their patience, willingness to transport players and their flexibility in accommodating all sorts of kick-off times has been essential to the smooth running of the operation.
Although our coaches may feel it a privilege to work with such talented players, their expertise, dedication and loyalty has been instrumental in maintaining the high standards set by the Club. What is especially appreciated by me is their willingness to accept dates and kick-off times for away matches without demur.
We now look forward to registering our players for the 2014 summer season as soon as possible.
Secretary Celtic Women's and Girls' Programme
THE 2013 SEASON IN SUMMARY
First Team: Third place Scottish Women's Premier League
Development Squad: Second place Scottish Women's Football League Division One (not eligible to be promoted)
Celtic 17s: Qualified for 17s National Performance League
Celtic 15s: West 15s Performance League Champions.
Celtic 14s: South-west 15s Development League winners.
Celtic 13s: West and South-west 13s Performance League Champions.
Celtic 12s: South-west 13s Development League winners.
Celtic 11s: West 13s Development League winners.
PERFORMANCE AND DEVELOPMENT LEAGUE SUCCESSES AT THE 15 AGE GROUP
Celtic 15s and 14s have finished at the top of their respective leagues.
Everyone at Celtic congratulates the players and coaches on this achievement.
Celtic 15s, playing against the very best in that age group in the Glasgow and district can truly claim to be league champions. Completing their fixtures with a terrific performance at Glasgow Club Milton this midweek, their win finally put them beyond the reach of chasing rivals, Glasgow City.
Celtic 15s head coach Piero Carrino gives his thoughts on a season which saw the team undefeated in thirteen league games, with only two drawn.
"Season 2013 has been excellent for this very talented group of players. It has been an absolute delight to see the girls win the West Performance League, and going unbeaten in thirteen league matches is a fantastic achievement.
"This week's victory over Glasgow City at Milton was thoroughly deserved and it gave us all great pleasure to see the girls perform the way did and clinch the league title as a reward for all their hard work this season.
"As much as it's exciting for both players and coaches to win things, the most pleasing thing about the season is the way in which girls have developed individually and as a team. Some of the performances in the second half of the season were simply excellent and came under the umbrella of playing 'the Celtic way', building from the back, getting numbers forward and playing quick, attacking football. We like to instil a winning mentality and working hard for team-mates.
"From time to time, we have brought younger players into the squad for league and friendly games. Nicole Cameron, Katherin Slaughter, Jamie-Lee Napier and Abby Callaghan from Celtic 13s all did very well when they were given the opportunity to play. This shows what we do here: develop players and push them on to play at the highest level possible to test them. This is the one of the important things about working with young players and something I am very proud to be involved in.
"I know that many of the players from this season's squad will continue to develop, progress through our Academy system and play at first-team level in the not so distant future, but as we always say to them: 'This involves hard work and determination to go along with your ability.'
"Despite all the positives this season, as with every team, we have had our disappointments. Our League Cup semi-final defeat was a sore one for the team, as was our losing the Scottish Cup quaterfinal. Nevertheless, the girls were galvanised, worked harder and made sure they would make up for these losses by winning the league.
"I wish to thank the players for being an absolute pleasure to work with this year This is a great group of girls who know the value of hard work and a team mentality. My assistant coach Mark McCluskey has been a great help, contributing hugely to the success of the season. Thanks, too, to Michael McCahill who helped out from time to time in Mark's absence and did a fine job with the girls when involved.
"I always say that without the parents committing to the training and games, we wouldn't have the players to work with, so a massive 'thank-you' to all the parents who make sure their daughters are there consistently every week.
"Lastly, I would like to thank head of the Academy, Paul Brownlie, for giving me the opportunity to work with such a talented group of players and assisting me whenever needed, to ensure we had a successful season."
Head coach of Celtic 14s, Colum McCann said of his team's success in the development league: "I was really delighted with this season, winning their development league.
"This was especially pleasing because our team was up against older players. The girls were a credit to the Club and to themselves all season. They gave their all no matter the opposition."
THE FINAL MATCH REPORT
West Performance League
Tuesday 5 November 2013
Glasgow City v Celtic 15s
It was Glasgow City who started the brighter with Celtic struggling to get into their passing rhythm and being penned into their own half by an energetic and bright City side. Glasgow City's early pressure eventually paid off after 15 minutes. A shot from 25 yards looped over the Celtic defence, to give the home side an early advantage.
This goal however, seemed to spark the Hoops, who kept possession better and played some good patterns of play, probing for an all-important equaliser. After some good pressure, a free kick was won by Cavanagh outside the box. The tricky winger hit a left foot-shoot, which curled right into the top left hand corner of the net to level the scores.
The Hoops were galvanised by this and were showing great energy when defending and attacking, as well as being much tidier on the ball that they had been in the first 15 minutes of the match. Sweeney and Dalgleish both came close for the Hoops with efforts just going over the Glasgow City bar. However, the score was to remain the 1-1 at half-time.
Celtic started the second half as they had finished the first, keeping the ball well and probing the City goal. Sam Macmillan was perhaps unlucky not to win a penalty, when she cut in from the left, before appearing to be brought down in the box. City stepped up their game and won successive corners, which were well defended by Celtic. One of these was particularly dangerous but it was cleared to safety by Brogan Molloy.
Good pressure from the front led to Celtic's second, and winning goal. The ball broke to Cavanagh, who saw the goalkeeper off her line. She hit the ball on the half-volley from distance to make it 2-1 for Celtic. This was a really well-taken goal to add to her first-half strike. Celtic pushed for what would be a clinching third goal.
Macmillan had a shot well saved by the goalkeeper after a through-ball from Rae. Then Sweeney hit one just wide from outside the box. Some dangerous corners were also swung into the box by Dalgleish, but it remained at 2-1. Glasgow City tried to get beyond the Celtic back-line with some late pressure,but some good defending from the Hoops ensured victory on the night, and a title win.
Coach Piero Carrino: "We are all absolutely delighted with the way the girls stepped up to the plate and put on an impressive display. The players showed fantastic character to bounce back from losing the early goal and played some really good football, particularly in the second half. The margin of the victory could have been more, but, the two goals scored proved to be enough to make it eleven wins and two draws out of thirteen games in the league.
U15 International Challenge Matches
Wednesday 30 October 2013
Germany v Scotland
Ellis Dalgleish (captain), Nina Fitzsimmons (vice-captain), Sophie Sweeney and Nicole Cameron started. Hannah Fulton came on as a substitute.
Friday 1 November 2013
Germany v Scotland
Ellis Dalgleish (captain), Nina Fitzsimmons (vice captain), Sophie Sweeney, Nicole Cameron and Hannah Fulton all started.