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Celtic finally ended their wait to lift their first ever piece of silverware when they defeated Spartans 4-1 in the Premier League Cup Final at Ainslie Park.
Celtic, who have won all of their league matches so far this season, got off to a good start and almost took an early lead when Suzanne Grant fired just over the bar. Spartans goalkeeper Jo Hutcheson made a good save from Christie Murray and Grant struck the post.
Spartans struck back with Hayley Lauder hitting the side netting from an acute angle but Celtic took the lead shortly afterwards, Rebecca Bisland's cross being converted by Joanne Love.
Louise Young went close for Spartans but Celtic continued to press and, shortly after Love had a shot cleared off the line, Murray doubled their advantage with a well struck 20-yard shot.
Celtic added a third six minutes after the restart, Murray again scoring an excellent goal as this time she beat Hutcheson with a delightful lob from the edge of the area.
Things got even better for the Hoops as Julie Ferguson and Grant set up Love who raced through on goal and clipped her shot over the advancing Hutcheson. The ball came back off the bar but Love was on hand to guide the rebound into the empty net for her second goal.
Spartans did not give up and Pauline Hamill came close to scoring against her old club when her header hit the post. The Edinburgh side did grab themselves a last minute consolation when Claire Crosbie scored with a looping header from Hamill's corner, but this did not dampen Celtic's celebrations as captain Amy McDonald lifted their first ever trophy.
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