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 Alonso on the verge of guiding current club Celtic into Europe

Former Lewes boss Fran Alonso could be coaching in the UEFA Women’s Champions League next season with current club Celtic now being just one win away from securing an historic first qualification to European football’s premier competition.

The Ghirls defeated Forfar Farmington 10-0 at K-Park this afternoon in their latest Scottish Women’s Premier League (SWPL) fixture. Celtic occupy the final European qualification place with just one game remaining.

Sarah Ewens opened the scoring for Alonso’s side early on before Alana Bruce’s own goal left Celtic with a two-goal advantage inside a quarter of an hour. Celtic then netted two more goals in quick succession through Chloe Craig and Mariah Lee before Anna Filbey hit a fifth just before the interval.

The one-way traffic continued in the second half. Ewens and Lee quickly doubled their personal tallies shortly after the break before Craig successfully dispatched a penalty kick. Filbey then netted her second goal before Ewens completed her hat-trick late on as Celtic won the game 10-0.

Alonso’s side will now secure European qualification for the first time if they beat Motherwell in Airdrie next weekend or if Rangers fail to win at league leaders Glasgow City. Additionally, Celtic could lift the title if they win and Glasgow City lose and they eliminate a goal difference which is three less than their title rivals.

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