Fran Alonso manager of Lewes FC Ladies celebrates. Lewes Women v Blackburn Rovers Ladies, Women's Championship football match, The Dripping Pan, Lewes, UK - 18 Aug 2019 Photo: Sean Ryan for The FA

Former Lewes boss wins first game as Celtic manager

Former Lewes manager Fran Alonso has won his first match in charge of new club Celtic Women.

The Spaniard swapped The Dripping Pan for full-time football in the Scottish Women’s Premier League (SWPL) with The Ghirls last week after a little over a year in charge of the Sussex club.

Alonso was unveiled as Celtic manager within hours of handing in his resignation at former club Lewes and he has quickly slipped into his new role as The Ghirls prepare for a return to competitive action next month.

The Celtic squad have travelled Spain for a pre-season training camp and they have been competing in the be Cordial Tournament. They were defeated in their first match on Tuesday night, going down 3-1 to German club Bayer Leverkusen in Gran Canaria. New boss Alonso notched his first win as manager of Celtic on the second matchday with his side demolishing Spanish club CF Union Viera 7-0 on Wednesday evening.

The Ghirls raced into a 4-0 first half lead in Spain thanks to braces from Kathleen McGovern and Summer Green before Chloe Craig, Josephine Giard and Rachel Donaldson got their names on the scoresheet in the second half.

The victory meant that Celtic finished the tournament in third place with Bayer Leverkusen ending as the winners.

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