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CELTIC THROUGH TO NEXT ROUND OF WELSH CUP

 

Cwmbran Celtic beat Splott Albion 2-0 in the Welsh Cup 1st qualifying round at Celtic Park. In an entertaining match on a bright sunny day the visitors had the best of the first half and were awarded a penalty when Celtic goalkeeper Bethan Percival bravely threw herself at the feet of a Splott defender and took a clout in the eye. The referee adjudged that Bethan had fouled the attacker but her injury suggests that she was the one fouled. Bethan had to leave the pitch after lengthy treatment by Celtic's centre back and qualified physio Hayleigh Anthony. Veteran Welsh international Su Young  replaced her in goal and guessed right to palm the spot kick away. From the resultant corner Keeley Perkins headed a goalbound header off the line. These let offs  were the game changer for Celtic as they slowly worked themselves into the ascendancy and from a corner in the 48th minute Morgan Hurdley backheaded the ball into the net to put Celtic one up at half time. This was Morgan's first goal for the club in her debut season.

After the break Celtic increased the tempo and created several chances. Mel James hit the post directly from a corner and captain Fiona Anthony was getting the better of the Splott defence with her pace and determination. In the 82th minute she  got her reward with a left foot goal. She then hit the post as Celtic played out time for a hard fought win.  

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