Kathleen McGovern has gone from "hero to villain" admitted Celtic head coach Eddie Wolecki Black after his side went close to inflicting Glasgow City's first league defeat in nearly three years.
McGovern had given Celtic a shock lead, but five minutes into the second half she was sent off for a reckless challenge on Leanne Crichton.
That was followed by an Emma Black own-goal before Clare Shine's winner for City.
"She's a young girl, it's a mistake," Wolecki Black told BBC Scotland. "She was just so determined to try and get her team over the line and instead of being the hero she could be the villain now."
It would have been City's first league defeat since June 2016, and would have sent Celtic top of the SWPL.
Instead, Scott Booth's side move five points clear of Celtic, Hibernian and Spartans.
"We more than matched City all the way," said Wolecki Black. "The sending off changes the game, because at 1-0, keeping 11 on the park, I could honestly see us seeing it through to the end.
"We were highly motivated because we had the chance to go top of the league. We've missed the chance now and we've just got to hope we can get ourselves into a position where that opportunity comes around again."
Rangers stage late comeback
With 84 minutes on the clock and Rangers 3-0 down to Motherwell at Ravenscraig, the points looked to be staying in Lanarkshire on Wednesday night.
However, in a dramatic finish Amy McDonald's side scored three times to rescue a point.
Teenager Amy Muir's low driven effort started the comeback, then Jade Gallon broke through to fire in a second.
Motherwell had nine players by this point due to injuries, and with seconds remaining Holly Napier was able to bundle in from a corner.
Spartans defeated Forfar Farmington 2-0 in the other midweek game played in SWPL 1. In SWPL 2, Dundee United were 9-0 winners over Hutchison Vale.