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Glasgow City and Celtic both qualified for Round One finals – to be played on Saturday – after seeing off Shelbourne and Brondby.

Second-half goals from Brenna Lovera and Lauren Davidson gave SWPL title holders City the victory form their base in Lithuania while it was a solitary goal from Hoops skipper Kelly Clark to see off the Danes in Oslo.

‘We made it hard for ourselves in the first half, but we definitely had a kick in the pants at half time and came out and proved what we could do,’ said City goalscorer Lovera.

Celtic manager Fran Alonso praised the spirit of his side and insisted that they should enjoy this afternoon before their attention turns to the weekend final.

“These girls are incredible,” he said. “I have been here for four years and they keep breaking records and they keep making history each year. The sky is the limit for them. They work so hard and they commit 100% for the badge.

“It is a fantastic day for the football club and it is special day for the players because what they done is not easy at all.

“It is a very hard game. This is an experienced team who were in the quart-finals of the Champions League a few years ago so we were up against a top side. To be able to dominate for spells, to win and to keep a clean sheet is incredible.”

Both teams will discover who they face in the weekend final later this afternoon but Celtic will take on either hosts Valerenga or Minsk of Belarus.

City will face either Lithuanian hosts Gintra or Cardiff City in their mini-final.

In what is a convoluted qualification process, the winners of these mini four-team tournaments all progress to a two-leg second-round play-off tie for the right to reach the group-stages of the increasingly lucrative competition.


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